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Client avoids Criminal Record after Assaulting a Security Guard
The Magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court was persuaded not to record a criminal conviction against our 29 year old client who punched a security guard several times to the face causing bruising and swelling.
Our client and his friend were drinking at Court House Hotel, Darlinghurst when, at around 2.30am, they were asked to leave due to their rowdy behaviour and state of intoxication.
Our client became argumentative and then punched one of the guards 3 times to the face and several times to the upper body area.
The incident was captured on the Hotel's CCTV cameras.
Our lawyers managed to have his charge of 'assault occasioning actual bodily harm' reduced to 'common assault' and our client pleaded guilty to that charge.
Our client attended anger management counselling and obtained three character references in the lead-up to his court date.
The Magistrate was then persuaded to grant him a 12 month 'section 10 bond', which means that he avoids a criminal conviction altogether.
Assault Charges & AVO (domestic violence related) Dropped
Police have withdrawn the charge of Reckless Wounding and AVO (domestic violence related) against our 26 year old client after our defence team prepared two detailed sets of written submissions requesting withdrawal and pushed relentlessly for the case to be dropped.
The charge and AVO arose from an incident on 17th May 2014 when our client stabbed her partner in the leg with a 20cm long kitchen knife causing a large open wound requiring hospitalisation and sutures.
Our client maintained that her actions were undertaken in self defence after her partner threw a mug and then advanced upon her.
The case was scheduled to go to a defended hearing in Hornsby Local Court, but police have decided to drop the charge and the AVO rather than pursue the case in court.
Our client is now spared from the stress and expense of defended proceedings.
It is yet another example of 'domestic violence-related' charges being dropped through hard work and perseverance.
Not Guilty of Serious Assault Charges
The jury in Downing Centre District Court found our client 'not guilty' of all charges including Causing Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent after a difficult 9 day trial.
The charges arose from an allegation that our client and another man attacked the complainant with a steel bar and baseball bat on a Saturday night in Redfern, causing two fractures to his lower jaw, deep lacerations, extensive bruising and swelling to the face, chest and limbs.
The complainant positively identified our client and his co-accused as being responsible for the assault.
Our defence team went to great lengths to obtain footage and materials establishing an alibi for our client.
We also obtained evidence discrediting the complainant's version including extensive footage of the area and material undermining the accuracy of the identification, including meteorological evidence to the effect that the moon was only at 3% visibility (which is not available through the Bureau of Meteorology or other regularly-used avenues).
Each member of our 8 lawyer-strong defence team had a role to play in the preparation of our client's defence - which proved to be decisive.
Our client's co-accused was represented by another law firm and was found guilty for the same incident.
He was remanded in custody and faces a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.
It is yet another example of our firm providing an outstanding defence to serious criminal charges.
Client Avoids Criminal Conviction after Drug Supply Charges Reduced to Drug Possession
Our 21 year old client was charged with drug supply after police observed him smoking crystal methylamphetamine ('ice') through a glass pipe in the driver seat of his car.
Police searched the car and located more 'ice' in a small resealable bag, 6 tablets of MDMA ('ecstacy'), drug paraphernalia and a quantity of cash.
They charged him with drug supply due to the quantity of drugs found - this charge is also known as 'deemed drug supply'.
Once again, our defence team wrote a detailed letter to police requesting withdrawal of the drug supply charges on the basis that our client pleads guilty to the less-serious charge of 'drug possession'.
The request was successful and our client then pleaded guilty to drug possession.
Our client was represented in court by Senior Lawyer Jack Leitner who persuaded the Magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court to award our client a 'section 10' which means that he avoids a criminal conviction altogether.
Successful District Court Severity Appeals for Drug Possession Charges
Two young men and one young woman who pleaded 'guilty' in Deniliquin Local Court to numerous charges of 'drug possession' have had their convictions overturned on appeal to Downing Centre District Court.
The charges arose after police applied for a Drug Dog Detection Warrant for the detection of drugs in cars travelling through NSW towards the Con/Fest Music Festival in the A.C.T.
Police pulled over our client's car which contained two passengers, and the drug detection dog indicated the presence of drugs.
The driver agreed to a search and police located 5.5 grams of liquid LSD, one sugar cube of LSD, 4 MDMA ('ecstacy') tablets and 2 grams of cannabis.
All three occupants participated in police interviews and admitted that they possessed the drugs for personal use.
Two of them were charged with 2 counts of 'drug possession' for the ecstacy and LSD. The third was additionally charged with cannabis possession.
All were later convicted of all charges in Deniliquin Local Court and given criminal convictions and fines.
Our firm did not represent them in the Local Court.
One of them later contacted our firm and we immediately lodged an appeal against the severity of his sentences.
The remaining two contacted our firm shortly thereafter and we also lodged appeals for them.
For strategic reasons, we arranged for all of the cases to be transferred to Downing Centre District Court.
Despite the number of different drugs and multiple charges, our Senior Criminal Lawyer Mitchell Cavanagh persuaded the Judge to overturn all of the convictions by ordering 'section 10 good behaviour bonds'.
This means that all of our clients remain conviction-free. The fines were also overturned.
During the Appeal, Mr Cavanagh directed His Honour to a binding decision of the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal which states that a court may deal with a person without conviction despite the presence of substantial quantities of drugs and numerous charges.
That decision also says that:
1. A 'section 10' (non-conviction) can even be awarded in cases of drug supply, including cases where there are 20 or more ecstacy tablets,
2. A good behaviour bond without conviction is a significant penalty in itself, and
3. Whether or not a conviction is recorded makes little difference to whether the penalty is adequate or inadequate.
Once again, our firm's superior legal knowledge, thorough preparation and persuasive presentation has made a significant difference to result achieved.
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