The client was young and had never spent any time in custody before. As the matter was in a ‘night’ court on a Friday afternoon, he ran the risk of spending the weekend in custody if he was unsuccessful on a bail application.
We provided the legal representation at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:
- Possess Drug of Dependence
- Commit Indictable Offence Whilst on Bail
- Possess Controlled Weapon
- Drive Unlicensed
- Fail to State Name/Address on Request
The client had relevant history for drug offences, including possession and trafficking. As his lawyers, we must show how any time spent in custody would not be justified. This is a legal test common in bail applications when people have been charged with new indictable offences whilst on bail. Also, as we had limited personal history and information about the offending, we had to incorporate general and persuasive submissions to show cause for the client. If a client is at risk of spending too much time in custody, this is an excellent submission as to why their time in custody is not justified.
There was a nominal informant at the application who could not provide much detail on our client’s arrest. Therefore we had to rely on submissions surrounding the nature of the offending (arguably not very serious) and the fact that the charges would not warrant a term of imprisonment when and if he was sentenced.
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