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Great Bodily Injury Pc § 12022 7


Great Bodily Injury (GBI) is defined loosely as a “significant or substantial injury.” It is not a crime, rather a sentencing enhancement. This means that it is a charge added onto your already convicted crime that results in an injury greater than what would naturally occur from the offense. When a Great Bodily Injury enhancement is added on to your assault case, it will guarantee you an extra 3 years in state prison.

What constitutes Great Bodily Injury?

This particular charge is based off of only physical injuries sustained by the perpetrator. Emotional and/or financial damages are not included in the sentencing of this offense . In addition, the injury does not have to leave a permanent affect on the victim for an enhancement to be added to your case.

Determining a GBI Sentence

Great Bodily Injury, like many other allegations related to assault charges, is a matter of degree. The factors considered for a GBI case include the severity of the injury or resulting pain due to the assault, and any medical care that is received or required as a result of the crime.

It takes an attorney like Pat Carey with an experienced trial practice background to defend such case.

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