Assault with intent to commit great bodily harm (GBH) less than murder is a felony.
The prosecutor must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt: The defendant attempted to physically injure another person; at the time, the defendant had the ability to cause the injury (or the plaintiff believed the defendant had that ability); and the defendant intended to cause great bodily harm.
Actual harm isn’t necessary to prove assault with intent to commit this offense.
A great bodily harm injury is one that caused impairment of a body function or internal injury, multiple puncture wounds, poisoning, serious burns, or severe cuts.
Assault with intent to commit great bodily harm can result in up to 10 years in prison and a 5,000 fine.
There are a number of possible defenses to assault with the intent to do GBH, including self-defense/protection or defense of others, consent, accident, lack of intent, and reasonable doubt.
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