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AVO Thrown Out of Court and Police Ordered to Pay Our Client's Legal Costs
Our client is a 51 year old man who owns a terrace style house in Surry Hills.
His neighbour (the 'protected person') is a 52 year female owner of a converted warehouse residence that has been under renovations for some years.
Police applied for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) on behalf of the 'protected person' after she made numerous complaints including that:- our was constantly harassing and staring at her, yelled abuse at her, damaged one of her walls, dumped asbestos in her rear lane, repeatedly parked in her lane just outside her window etc.
Our legal team made it clear to police early-on in the case that those complaints had no evidentiary basis and were clearly frivolous and vexatious.
Police nevertheless went-ahead with the case and it eventually reached a defended hearing in Downing Centre Local Court.
During the hearing, our lawyers severely discredited the 'protected person' on the witness stand and made it abundantly clear that the AVO should never have been applied for in the first place.
The Magistrate dismissed the AVO and handed down a judgement that was extremely critical of police.
We then made an application for the officer in charge to pay our client's legal costs.
In NSW, section 99 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act severely restricts a defendant's ability to win costs against police in AVO cases.
Despite this, Her Honour ordered that the officer must pay all of our client's legal costs.
Our client is now considering pursuing additional avenues of complaint and compensation against both his neighbour and the police officer.
No Conviction or Disqualification for High Range Drink Driving
The Magistrate in Parramatta Local Court awarded our 32 year old client a 'section 10' for high range p.c.a. which means that he avoids a criminal conviction and gets his licence back.
Our client works as an Information Technology expert in a large Sydney-based company.
He lives with his wife and young daughter in Westmead.
The family attended an event in Parramatta where our client drank a number of alcoholic drinks throughout the course of the evening.
He stopped drinking between 10.30pm and 11pm, and only drank water after that.
He 'felt fine', although 'a little tired', and commenced driving home shortly after midnight.
He was pulled over for a roadside random breath test just before 12.20am.
He blew a positive reading, and was arrested and taken to the police station where he registered a reading of 0.170.
He was then charged with high range drink driving.
He saw a number of lawyers before seeing us.
He informed us that his job requires him to drive between various branches of his company at short notice to perform IT maintenance duties, and that his position may be reviewed if he has any criminal convictions.
We asked whether his employment contract might confirm this.
He produced the relevant parts of his contract which indeed confirmed both of those matters.
We advised him to undertake a Traffic Offender Program, to gather character references (including one from a work colleague) and to prepare a 'letter of apology' to the court describing his remorse and the impact that a conviction would have on his career and family.
We also referred him to see a counsellor.
We provided him and his 'referees' with detailed advice about how to prepare references.
We obtained a positive letter from the counsellor.
In court, it took a great deal of effort to finally convince the Magistrate to award our client a 'section 10', and to therefore allow him to keep his licence and avoid a conviction.
He was extremely satisfied with the result because he had previously been advised that it would be impossible to achieve a section 10 in his situation.
Client Avoids Conviction and Disqualification for 2 x Driving Whilst Suspended
The Magistrate in Manly Local Court has allowed our 48 year old client from Fairfield to avoid a conviction and a licence disqualification despite driving whilst suspended twice and also running a red light.
Our client has a lengthy traffic record including: speeding by more than 45km/h three times, speeding by more than 30km/h twice, negligent driving, not give particulars after crash and several others.
He also has criminal convictions.
He was on a demerit point suspension when he drove his car towards his workplace at Cromer.
Police observed him drive through a red light, pulled him over and advised him that his licence was suspended.
He admitted knowing that he was suspended and that he ran the red light.
He was then charged with 'Driving Whilst Suspended' and the red light offence.
Despite this, he drove again a short time later and was again pulled over and charged with a second count of Driving Whilst Suspended.
This meant that he was facing a 3 year licence disqualification and hefty fines, which would have caused him to lose his job as a machine operator and delivery driver.
However, our defence team assisted him to prepare his case thoroughly and presented it strongly in court.
The Magistrate was ultimately persuaded to grant him 'Section 10s' for all of the offences - which means that he avoids a further criminal record, avoids a licence disqualification and also avoids fines.
He now has his licence back and can keep working and looking after his family.
Client Avoids Conviction and Disqualification after blowing 0.111
Our client is a High School Teacher who attended a Hotel in Sydney's South West with several friends.
She consumed a number of apple ciders over the course of the evening, then got into her car and drove towards her home less than 15 minutes away.
She was pulled over for a breath test and was found to be over the legal limit.
She was arrested and taken to the police station where she blew a reading of 0.111, putting her well-into the mid range prescribed concentration of alcohol.
She was immediately suspended from driving and charged with mid range drink driving.
Under the guidance of our lawyers, she gathered character references, wrote a 'letter of apology' to the court and completed the traffic offender program.
The case came before a very difficult Magistrate in Liverpool Local Court.
Despite our client's alcohol reading and her driving record (which included a number of speeding offences), the Magistrate was persuaded to grant her a 'section 10' due to her strong need to retain her driver licence and avoid a conviction.
This means that she remains 'conviction free' and can immediately apply to get her licence back.
Drug Charges Thrown Out of Court
Our 26 year old client was charged with supplying 2.4 grams of cocaine, and a 'backup' charge of drug possession, after police located drugs and drug paraphernalia including electronic scales and resealable bags in a kitchen cupboard at his one-bedroom unit in Paddington.
Our client was the sole lessee of the unit, although his girlfriend also lived there and friends also attended for social gatherings.
The prosecution case failed because they could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that our client 'exclusively possessed' the drugs, to the exclusion of all others.
In drug cases, police must prove 'exclusive possession'- in other words, police must exclude any reasonable possibility that the drugs belonged to someone else.
In this case, our lawyers ensured that ample evidence came before the court that the drugs could have belonged to our client's partner or any one of a number of people who recently attended the unit.
The Magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court therefore found our client 'not guilty' and dismissed both of the charges.