Attempted Armed Robbery and Recklessly Cause Injury

Our client was charged with Attempted Armed Robbery and Recklessly Cause Injury. It was alleged that he attempted to rob two men of $100 and caused them injury.

What is alleged to have occured?
The altercation occurred after our client had been out for a birthday and had been drinking with several friends. Two men were working to put up posters. Our client was intoxicated and walking past them with his group of friends when he called out that they should pay him $100. The incident then turned violent and our client caused injury to one of the two men.

What happened at court?
Sophie Parsons acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

It must be noted that the client was suffering a downhill spiral at the time of the offending and was battling addictions to drugs and alcohol.

In sentencing, the magistrate took into account our client’s youth, his limited criminal history, his efforts to attend residential rehabilitation, and extensive family support demonstrated by multiple references. It also helped the case that our client had a history of completing an apprenticeship and experiencing full time employment, and living with a loving family.

What was the result?
Typically, people serve many years in prison for armed robbery. This case had a successful outcome because the matter resolved to new charges of Assault With Intent to Steal and Recklessly Cause Injury which could be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court. Our client avoided a prison sentence and was sentenced to a Community Corrections Order with community work and therapeutic conditions.

This was an excellent result for a case that originally involved charges of Attempted Armed Robbery and Recklessly Cause Injury. Apart from the fact that our client will not have to spend time behind bars, he will also receive help on how to finally overcome his addictions.

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Sophie is based in the firm’s Melbourne office and is one of the firm’s in-house counsel and trial specialists. As a trial lawyer, Sophie’s expertise lies in examining witnesses, making legal submissions before judges and magistrates, and addressing juries.

Sophie is an advocate who regularly appears at the Magistrates’ and County Courts of Victoria. She handles appeals, contested committal hearings, bail applications, as well as pleas of guilty.

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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 26/04/2018