Assault and Driving Offences – Adjourned Undertaking

The alleged offences arose out of ongoing hostilities between our client and the partner of his former wife. The most serious allegation levelled against our client was that he had driven his motor vehicle in an attempt to chase the complainant and had deliberately pulled up along the side of the complainant and made threatening remarks. This formed the basis of the Make threat to kill charges. Our client had no prior Court history.

The charges he faced were:

  • Threats to Kill
  • Dangerous Driving
  • Reckless Conduct Endanger Serious Injury
  • Careless Driving

Our client had expressed genuine remorse in his interview with the Police and had admitted that his actions were unlawful. Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court and he organised a report to be submitted to the Magistrate which evidenced the constructive steps our client had taken towards his rehabilitation, by reason of consistent attendance for counselling with his psychologist. Our client had also otherwise lived a blameless life, and the offending was specific to the difficulties he had experienced as a result of the breakdown of his marriage and the attendant issues relating to the children of that marriage.

Through negotiation with the Police Prosecution, the summary of events was heavily amended to withdraw allegations that were no longer the subject of charges. The Prosecution withdrew all charges except for the summary offences of dangerous driving and unlawful assault. The offences of make threat to kill, and reckless conduct endangering serious injury are indictable criminal offences and carry a maximum term of 10 years imprisonment, retrospectively. It was accordingly of some significance that these charges were withdrawn, and had a mitigating effect on what would have otherwise been the court penalty.

The Sentencing Magistrate placed our client on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour and to complete a men’s behaviour change program. The Court also imposed the statutory minimum of 6 month licence cancellation for the offence of dangerous driving.

 


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

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