Intentional grievous bodily harm – a lawyer under Art. 121 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine

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Intentional grievous bodily harm – a lawyer under Art. 121 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine

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Ukrainian legislation defines a number of criminal offenses, among which the crime of intentional grievous bodily harm occupies an important place. Article 121 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine provides protection to victims and determines responsibility for such actions. When faced with a situation of this nature, it is extremely important to have an experienced lawyer on your side who understands all the nuances of the legal process and is ready to provide adequate protection.


Legal qualification of serious bodily injury

Article 121 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine defines grievous bodily harm as actions that lead to a violation of the integrity of the victim’s body or health. The main feature of this crime is premeditation – the commission of an offense with knowledge and intent. The presence of serious bodily injuries can be revealed through a medical examination, which determines the degree of severity and consequences of injuries.


Responsibility for the crime

The crime of intentional grievous bodily harm entails serious criminal sanctions in accordance with the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Criminal liability can be in the form of imprisonment for a term of three to ten years, depending on the severity of bodily injuries. In addition, the court can impose other types of penalties, such as fines and confiscation of property.


Other aspects of Article 121 of the Criminal Code

  • Evidence base in serious personal injury cases. Effective defense in serious personal injury cases requires competent handling of evidence. The lawyer must ensure the collection of all necessary information and convincing evidence that proves the innocence or mitigating the guilt of the client. This includes testimony, expert opinions, photo and video materials that may affect the outcome of the case.
  • Lawyer and protection of victims’ rights. The most important aspect in cases of serious bodily injury is the protection of the rights of the victims. A lawyer, representing the interests of victims, ensures their participation in the legal process and defends their rights to compensation for damages, including medical expenses, loss of earnings and moral damages.
  • Defense process in court. A lawyer under Article 121 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine plays a key role in the legal process. He analyzes all aspects of the case, develops a defense strategy and prepares the necessary legal documents. At the same time, the lawyer not only speaks in court, but also negotiates with the prosecutor or other parties to reach a peaceful settlement, if it is beneficial to the client.
  • Protection options and solutions. A skilled lawyer has a wide range of opportunities to protect a client. This may include proving the absence of intent, doubting the evidence, or addressing mitigating circumstances. It is also important to take into account that in some cases it is possible to conclude a settlement agreement that will satisfy both parties and avoid a lengthy court process.

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Law firm “Prykhodko and Partners” is your advocate in cases involving serious personal injuries

Our law firm has many years of experience in defending clients in serious personal injury cases. Our lawyers have a high level of expertise in criminal law and are ready to provide professional legal assistance at every stage of the case.

If you have witnessed or suffered a serious personal injury, do not waste time – contact us for legal assistance. Our lawyers have taken on the protection of the interests of many clients in similar cases, and we are ready to provide you with qualified and effective legal support.

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