Breach CCO – Second Time

Man ContemplatingThis is a case study on Breach CCO committed for the second time.

Our client received a Community Corrections Order (CCO) for various drug-related offences. He then breached this order through lack of compliance. It was brought back to the Magistrates’ Court and his Honour imposed a second CCO.

The client then breached this second CCO, again through lack of compliance. He was charged with another breach. He was facing likely imprisonment because he had been given a second chance and hadn’t complied again.

Jessica Clothier represented the client at the Werribee Magistrates’ Corrections for the offence of Breach CCO.

We made submissions on behalf of the client and urged his Honour not to impose a term of imprisonment. Jessica highlighted the fact that the client had not breached his CCO through reoffending, but had breached through lack of compliance.

The reason he had not complied was due to being in a car accident and breaking his leg, and being unable to get to his appointments. He also had neurosurgery, which affected his ability to comply. These were exceptional circumstances which Jessica had submitted and which warranted the imposition of a third CCO.

His Honour imposed a third CCO, and explained that it was the last chance the client would have to show that he deserved to stay in the community. This was a fantastic result for a case of Breach CCO committed for the second time. The client was very relieved that he could stay in the community to look after his family.

Elements of Breach CCO:

  • The accused is subject to a Community Correction Order;
  • The accused breached the order; and
  • The accused had no reasonable excuse for breaching the order.

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Jessica ClothierJessica Clothier

Jessica works from our Sunshine office and regularly handles cases at the Sunshine Magistrates' Court. She also represents clients at other Melbourne courts to ensure their right to a fair trial and the best possible outcome. Jessica has always been a fearless advocate and her skills in criminal law are acknowledged as early as during her university years.

Admitted to legal practice in April 2018, Jessica has completed placements at Springvale Monash Legal Service and at one of the top immigration firms in Australia. She graduated with Honours in Law in 2017 from Monash University and finished her Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

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