Defendant With Extensive Criminal History – Theft, Burglary, Breaching Parole

Defendant With Extensive Criminal HistoryOur client has a very extensive criminal history. He had 51 pages of priors all for property-related offences. His latest case involved charges of Burglary, Theft, as well as Breach of Parole – committed days after being released on parole. As per facts of the case, he allegedly went into a shop and pinched some bags belonging to staff members.

Doogue + George represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

We made submissions about the client’s institutionalisation and the recent changes in his life, especially as he had reconnected with his daughter. We were able to obtain character references to effectively support our submissions.

The client entered a plea of guilty to all charges. After hearing the submissions, the Magistrate imposed a 3-month term of imprisonment. This may not seem a good result but, given that it was a case of a defendant with extensive criminal history, the outcome was much better than expected.


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 14/03/2017