The client was charged with a number of charges of assault and criminal damage against his mother, one set of charges included serious charges whereby he stole his mother’s car and drove dangerously, striking a pedestrian with the vehicle and causing the pedestrian injury.
He pleaded guilty to the charges. At the time of pleading guilty he had estranged from his mother, and was no longer seeing her. He had secured stable accommodation through St Vincent de Paul, and was receiving voluntary drug and alcohol counselling and psychological counselling. He was engaged in negotiations with his ex-partner in relation to contact with his young son. He was no longer using drugs or consuming alcohol to excess.
We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
The Magistrate heard evidence from his St Vincent de Paul worker, who stated that the client had turned his life around and that he would continue to receive supports in the community. The Magistrate agreed that he had had a difficult upbringing, but that he was making progress in terms of his rehabilitation.
From a letter of thanks written by the accused’s Outreach Support Worker at Vincent Care Victoria:
“Just wanted to send an email to thank you both for all your hard work with (the accused’s) legal matters.
Thanks for agreeing to take on the case and sorting out transferring the legal aid funding and all the consults you did with (the accused).
Thanks for your fantastic work in court.
I really appreciate your efforts, and it certainly made my job a bit easier.
Look forward to working with you both again.”
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