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What is Great Bodily Injury (GBI)?: A Criminal Enhancement in California – PC 12022.7

October 2, 2022

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What is Great Bodily Injury (GBI)?

What is GBI? GBI stands for Great Bodily Injury. GBI is a criminal enhancement in California Penal Code section 12022.7.

If you are convicted of a felony and receive a GBI enhancement, your punishment exposure can be quite severe. In this article, we will discuss what GBI is and how it can impact your criminal case.

This blog will go over the basics of GBI enhancements.

What is Great Bodily Injury?

In order to be convicted of a GBI enhancement, the prosecution must prove that you inflicted serious bodily injury on another person.

Serious bodily injury is an injury that creates a substantial risk of death or causes serious permanent disfigurement or paralysis.

What Are Examples of Great Bodily Injury?

There are many examples of GBI. Some examples include:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Injuries that cause bleeding
  • Severe burns
  • Permanent disability
  • Brain damage
  • Fractures

If you or someone you know has been charged with GBI, it is crucial to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

An experienced attorney can help you understand the charges against

Can GBI Enhancements Be Added to Misdemeanors?

No. GBI is a sentencing enhancement for felonies, defined under California Penal Code 12022.7 PC.

This statute doesn’t apply to misdemeanor crimes. If you were charged with a misdemeanor offense and GBI is present, the prosecution may choose to refile the charges as felonies.

What is the Punishment for a Great Bodily Injury Enhancement?

The penalties for GBI depend on the underlying felony offense. This means you will be punished for the underlying felony offense and receive additional punishment for the GBI.

Generally, you could face an additional sentence of 3 to 6 years in a California state prison on top of the underlying sentence. The GBI enhancement applies when:

  • You inflict a Great Bodily Injury on the victim during the commission of a felony, or
  • An attempt to commit a felony offense

What Happens if the Great Bodily Injury Occurs as a Result of Domestic Violence?

When GBI is involved in a domestic violence charge, the charge will be filed as a felony, and specific punishment guidelines must be followed. Per the statute:

“Any person who personally inflicts great bodily injury under circumstances involving domestic violence in the commission of a felony or attempted felony shall be punished by an additional and consecutive term of imprisonment in the state prison for three, four, or five years.

As used in this subdivision, “domestic violence” has the meaning provided in subdivision (b) of Section 13700.”

What Should I Do If I Have a Great Bodily Injury Enhancement?

If you have been charged a felony with GBI enhancement, you need the criminal defense lawyers at ALL Trial Lawyers by your side. The attorneys at ALL Trial Lawyers are trial attorneys with years of experience.

They know the law and are not afraid to take your case to trial.

In addition, they have a strong reputation among judges and prosecutors throughout Southern California, which has delivered tremendous victories for their clients.

Our ultimate goal is to provide the best results that can be achieved in your case— whether by way of outright dismissal, a favorable plea bargain deal, or an acquittal of the charges at trial.

With ALL Trial Lawyers by your side, you can rest assured that the criminal team will be giving you their all.

Call (866) 811-4255 right now for your free consultation.

We have an office located near you. We have experience fighting cases in Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and San Diego County.

If you have been accused or charged of a crime, you must speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.

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