CCO for Theft of Motor Vehicle
Our client hired a car from a car hire business and had paid for a two-week period. He kept the car for a period of three months. The business made repeated attempts to contact him to return the car but it was ultimately reported as stolen. Our client was pulled over by police a short time later in the vehicle.
Kristina Kothrakis acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:
Our client was a man in his late 40’s with a lengthy criminal history. His contact with the criminal justice system occurred later than we normally see. He was a successful business man, owning a number of establishments. He was married and a father of two.
His issues emerged following his divorce, when he started gambling to problematic levels. He ultimately became homeless and also experienced issues with drugs. He has served periods of time in custody. Further, he had received a term of imprisonment for his last appearance before the court for dishonesty matters.
Kristina was able to demonstrate the unsettling effect that each term of imprisonment had on the client. Each time he came out to no home, and had to start again, where the cycle of disadvantage continued. As at the time of court, he was finally settled in a low-rent apartment. This was significant given where he had come from. The Magistrate was persuaded to not send him to gaol, and instead, imposed a Community Corrections Order which will also provide him with some support in the community.
Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.
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