Breach of CCO – Allowed to Complete CCO, Community Work Component Removed
Our client received a Community Corrections Order in the County Court after appealing his sentence (another firm appeared at the appeal). He was ordered to complete community work and counselling.
Very little was done on the order and he was breached for failing to comply. He approached us for further assistance after representing himself at the initial breach hearing. The court adjourned the matter for the client to get legal representation on the charge of Breach of Community Corrections Order.
We represented the client at the Melbourne County Court.
Our client was ultimately given further time on the order to complete drug counselling and his community hours were cancelled.
Our client contacted our office three days before the hearing. We arranged an appointment the following day we took instructions. We prepared the matter promptly and diligently, even with the short time frame. We advised that our client bring his mother to Court and to also obtain letters from housing workers as he had had periods of homelessness during the order.
Our client had a chaotic life; but in our analysis of the matter, we were able to identify that the period leading up to the breach proceedings being instigated was his best period. He had attended drug counselling and was showing signs of rehabilitation.
At the hearing, we called both the client and his mother to highlight the positive foundations he had now in his life compared to when he started the order. This gave the Judge confidence that the client could complete the order. He not only gave him a chance to complete the order but he also removed the community work component to enable him to focus on counselling, work, and his family.
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