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Not Guilty of Aggravated Indecent Assault
Our client is a 48 year old New Zealand citizen residing in Western Sydney, and the complainant is his 10 year old niece.
The complainant slept with her father on a bed in the master bedroom of their house in a suburb near Wyong, while our client would sleep on a fold-out bed in the same bedroom when visiting.
It was alleged that during one sleepover, our client sexually abused the complainant by touching her private parts while her father slept. She made the complaint her father who then reported the matter to police.
Our client vehemently denied the allegations from the start. He was nevertheless charged with two counts of 'Aggravated Indecent Assault'.
The case went to a defended hearing in Wyong Local Court during which our senior lawyers systematically dismantled the complainant's version of the events.
Our client was found 'not guilty' of both of the charges, and the AVO application brought against him was also dismissed.
All Clients who Pleaded Guilty to Drug Possession Avoid Criminal Records
In Burwood Local Court, each of our Senior Lawyers represented 3 clients who were caught possessing drugs at the Stereosonic Music Festival.
Our clients were from various social, economic and cultural backgrounds and worked in a range of fields - from retail, to accountant, to company executive, to business owner.
Three of our clients were also students.
Most were caught for possessing MDMA tablets, also known as 'ecstacy' - ranging from 2 to 9 pills. One of our clients had two 'drug possession' charges against him for possessing 7 ecstacy tablets and just over 1 gram of cocaine.
All of our clients' cases were thoroughly prepared and persuasively presented in court.
This resulted in the Magistrate allowing all of them to avoid criminal records by granting them 'Section 10s'.
Section 10 means that, even though a person is guilty, a criminal conviction is not recorded against their name.
Our clients are free to get on with their lives without the burden of a criminal record.
Assault Charges & AVO Thrown Out of Court Despite Testimony of 'Independent' Witness
Our client is a 48 year old architect from Surry Hills, Sydney.
His home adjoins that of his neighbour, the complainant. The two have been engaged in an ongoing dispute regarding various issues, including noise.
Just after 3pm on a Tuesday, our client was moving his two wheelie bins when the the neighbour exited her front door and complained about the noise it made.
The disagreement quickly escalated into an argument, and our client allegedly threatened the complainant and pushed one of the bins hard into her thigh, causing pain.
Police were called and our client was charged with assault after statements were taken from the complainant and an independent observer, who supported the complainant's version of events.
Police also made an application for an Apprehended Violence Order ('AVO').
The case went all the way to a defended hearing in Downing Centre Local Court.
The independent witness gave testimony in court supporting the complainant's version of events.
However, through careful preparation and skilful cross-examination our Senior Lawyer Jimmy Singh was able to systematically discredit both the complainant and the independent witness on the stand.
The Presiding Magistrate ultimately found our client 'not guilty' of all charges and also dismissed the AVO that was brought against him.
It is yet another example that cases can certainly be won even if there is an 'independent witness' that backs-up the complainant's story.
Police Withdraw Charges of Low Range Drink Driving and Wilfully Alter Alcohol Concentration
Our client is a 41 year old accountant in a multi-national company.
After finishing work on a Thursday night, he drove to a nearby pub where he consumed a meal and 1 schooner of beer.
He then drove towards his home, but just before arriving had a minor collision with another car.
While police were being called, our client walked a short distance to his home to get a jacket.
While there, he consumed half a bottle of red wine. He then returned to the scene where police breath tested him, finding him to be in the low range p.c.a. (0.066).
Police then charged him with (1) low range drink driving and (2) wilfully altering concentration of blood alcohol.
The fact that police pressed the second charge suggested that they accepted our client's explanation about drinking after the collision.
Our lawyers quickly capitalised on this by requesting withdrawal of both charges on the basis that, as our client's explanation was accepted, the first charge certainly could not be proved beyond reasonable doubt.
Police then withdrew both charges.
Client Avoids Licence Disqualification and Conviction after Drug Driving
Our client was pulled over by police after he was seen veering from lane to lane without indicating.
After lowering his window, police smelt an ‘overpowering scent of cannabis coming from the vehicle’.
They asked whether he had smoked anything recently, to which he replied ‘Yes I smoked it 20 minutes ago, on the way to seeing you guys’.
Police asked whether there were any drugs in the vehicle, and our client handed over his remaining joint of cannabis.
As police did not have drug testing facilities, our client was transported to Hawkesbury Hospital where he provided blood and urine samples.
The analysis of those samples later revealed very high concentrations of ‘THC’.
He was then charged with ‘driving under the influence of alcohol / other drug’, also known as ‘DUI’.
Despite the fact that our client has numerous entries on his traffic record, the Magistrate in Windsor Local Court was persuaded to grant him a ‘section 10’ – which means that he avoids a criminal record and licence disqualification.
This was achieved through producing materials to show that our client suffers from a range of health issues, including severe hernia pain, which would have made it extremely difficult for him to catch public transport.
Living alone and on a limited income, he would likely have been unable to attend various medical appointments.
It was also pointed-out that his use of cannabis was to alleviate pain, rather than any recreational purpose or conscious desire to flout the law.
The Magistrate quite properly suggested that he find a legal form of pain relief.