Criminal ABH refers to an assault occasioning actual bodily harm. This violation is a statutory offense of aggravated assault and is upheld in various developed nations throughout the world. England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, South Australia, and the Republic of Ireland are the prominent jurisdictions that administer criminal ABH charges.
Those instances which precipitate actual bodily harm encompass assaults which result in substantial or severe injuries, typically requiring an extensive degree of medical treatment for the victim.
In England and Wales, a person guilty of criminal ABH is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term that does not exceed five years. In addition, the individual can receive a summary conviction which will place a prison sentence for a term not exceeding six months, or a fine which is in proportion to the proscribed sum. In Northern Ireland, a person guilty of criminal ABH will face a prison sentence up to a maximum of seven years.