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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.
Good Behaviour Bond for 12 Fraud Charges for Client Previously Convicted of Criminal Offences
Our client is a 27 year old mother from Killara who has previously been convicted of a range of criminal offences.
She was employed from November 2012 until January 2014 as an accountant a book keeper with an online company that compares the prices of online goods.
Between August and December 2013, she entered 12 invoices totalling over $64,000 into the company’s accounting system which purported to pay a legitimate company for their outstanding invoices.
However, she changed the bank account details so that the payments were made into a fake bank account that she was later shown to access.
She resigned after the anomalies were brought to her attention.
Upon her resignation, her employer located a range of items in her drawers and on her computer showing that she was clearly guilty of the offences; including manufactured documents and files stating the name of the legitimate company at the top and the fake account underneath.
The fraudulent invoices were also shown to have been entered through her log details in and submitted through her account.
The evidence against her was therefore overwhelming.
Our client saw another criminal law firm who, improperly in our view, set the matter down for a 3-day defended hearing and quoted her an exorbitant figure to represent her during that hearing.
We were instructed that she was not advised of any defence.
We were also instructed that no attempt had been made by her previous lawyers for her case to be withdrawn and that there had been no negotiations for the reduction of the charges, or the amendment of the ‘police facts’ – which was confirmed by the police officer in charge.
Our client came to see her just 3 weeks before the 3-day defended hearing.
When our Principal Mr U. Nedim and Senior Lawyer Jack Leitner carefully reviewed all of the evidence, it became abundantly clear that the prosecution case was overwhelming and that a defence was not available.
They immediately advised the client that she was wasting her money on such an expensive hearing and would be losing the benefit of a guilty plea.
Our client stated word to the effect of: ‘I knew that was the case’, ‘he always said take it to hearing but never told me why’, and ‘I don’t think he even read the documents’.
Our defence team immediately went into ‘damage control mode’.
We obtained full instructions which revealed psychological issues including depression, and which went some way towards explaining the conduct – without excusing it.
We quickly engaged a psychologist to prepare a detailed report.
We managed to convince police to merge the 12 charges into a single charge and, vitally, to delete nearly two-thirds of the ‘facts’ (ie the document handed-up to the magistrate) so that the offence appeared much less-serious.
We then advised the court that the case would be a ‘guilty plea’ and to ‘vacate’ (cancel) the three-day hearing.
This gave our client the benefit of a ‘discount on sentencing’; in other words, entitled her to a more lenient penalty.
On the day of sentencing, the Magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court praised our firm's efforts towards mitigating the case.
He gave our client a substantial sentencing discount for saving the court from having to hear a 3 day case whereby many witnesses would have to attend.
He took into consideration the positive psychological report and our detailed submissions, and released our client upon a 2 year ‘section 9 good behaviour bond’ – which is an outstanding result given the nature of the offence and her previous record.
Our client was extremely happy and relieved, and also thankful that our costs were far lower than what her previous lawyer wanted.
Bail for 63kg Commercial Drug Importation
Our client is a 26 year old Columbian national who, before his arrest, was in Australia on a student visa.
He is charged with importing 63 kilograms of methamphetamine from Mexico and Columbia into Australia, in contravention of section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The shipment was detected through telephone intercepts and physical surveillance, and the drugs were intercepted by the AFP in Sydney and replaced with an innocuous substance that was found in the boot of a car in Burwood.
It is alleged that our client was involved in the importation and that the case against him is strong.
The Bail Act 2013 requires the court to consider a range of factors when deciding to release a person from custody.
Those factors include: the seriousness of the charge, the strength of the prosecution case, the person’s links to the community, the risk of not turning up to court, the risk of reoffending, the time they would spend in prison if not granted bail and the need to be free to prepare for their case.
Our client was in a difficult position due to the seriousness and alleged strength of the case, his minimal links to the community and the consequent risk of failing to attend court.
However, our defence team prepared detailed written submissions to the court focusing upon (1) prosecution delays in serving evidence, (2) the fact that he would be spending a significant amount of time behind bars awaiting trial, and (3) our need to have him free to assist in the preparation of his defence.
The prosecution strongly opposed bail, and prepared it’s own written submissions.
However, the Magistrate in Central Local Court ultimately acceded to our request and granted conditional bail to our client.
The next step will be for our experienced team to use our vast specialised experience in commercial drug cases to secure him the optimal outcome.