Aggravated Burglary and Assault Charges – Good Behaviour Bond

This is a case study on assault charges, Criminal Damage, and Breaching Intervention Order resulting in a good behaviour bond.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client was walking her dog past a neighbour’s house and noticed that the neighbour was filming her and others in the street. The client took issue with this, ran up to the person filming’s front door, and tried to enter to get the camera. In the process, she broke the filmer’s front door handle and punched her brother.

The client was charged with aggravated burglary and 12 other offences, which were going through the indictable stream in the Magistrates’ Court and would have gone to trial in the County Court.

What happened at court?
Overall the charges she faced were:

We acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

What was the result?
The charges were successfully negotiated down to summary offences of trespassing, unlawful assault and wilful damage. She applied for and was granted summary jurisdiction to have her case heard in the Magistrates Court instead of the County Court. Despite having a number of prior convictions, the Magistrate imposed a good behaviour bond, because of the delay and distress that had been caused to her throughout the prosecution process.
DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013