Criminal Damage – Diversion

AssaultThis is a case of Criminal Damage resulting in a diversion and an Unlawful Assault charge successfully withdrawn.

Our client was driving his car and had an incident with another driver. He pulled over to allow the other car to overtake and pass; however the car instead pulled up behind his car. The client got out of his vehicle and approach the other driver. He allegedly yelled at the driver over his erratic and perceived dangerous driving then kicked the car causing some damage to the door. The driver further alleged that the client punched him to the arm.

Kristina Kothrakis represented the client at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

Our client had a different version of events to that of the driver of the other vehicle. The statement of that driver did not correlate well with dashcam footage that was obtained. Kristina was successful in having the Unlawful Assault charge withdrawn, and persuaded the prosecution to recommend the client for a diversion on the Criminal Damage charge.

It was important for the client not to have any criminal history as he worked in a management role at an international company which required him to travel frequently for work. Through the gathering of impressive character references and a carefully completed diversion form, we were successful in having the diversion granted. This was a good result. The Criminal Damage charge resulting in a diversion means that the client remains free of any criminal record which could have a negative impact on his career.


Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

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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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 21/02/2018