Diversion for Assaulting Emergency Worker
The client made full admissions to the Police during her record of interview. She has no criminal priors and these factors contributed to a great outcome.
- Assault Emergency Worker
- Unlawful Assault
For this case however, Tyson provided excellent criminal defence so that the client was eventually sentenced to a diversion for assaulting an emergency worker.
A person will be sentenced to a mandatory prison sentence if they are found guilty of any of the following offences contained in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) (‘the Crimes Act’):
- Section 15A – cause serious injury intentionally in circumstances of gross violence;
- Section 15B – cause serious injury recklessly in circumstances of gross violence;
- Section 16 – cause serious injury intentionally;
- Section 17 – cause serious injury recklessly; or
- Section 18 – cause injury intentionally or recklessly
- Section 15A – 5 years
- Section 15B – 5 years
- Section 16 – 3 years
- Section 17 – 2 years
- Section 18 – 6 months
Notwithstanding the rigid amendments to sentencing for these offences, the Sentencing Act contains exceptions to the rule. These exceptions are if the offender has an impaired mental function, or if they agree to assist the Police with their investigation of an offence. Interestingly, the wording of the second exception suggests that it is not limited to assistance with the assault offence and may be for another offence.
- The accused assaulted or threatened to assault, or resisted or intentionally obstructed a person (P);
- The person (P) was an emergency worker on duty, or a youth justice custodial worker on duty, or a custodial officer on duty
- The accused was knowing or being reckless as to whether the person (P) was an emergency worker, or a youth justice custodial worker, or a custodial officer
Admitted to practice in 2016, Tyson has a passion for advocacy and takes pride in helping people understand the law. He ensures that clients are given sound legal advice, a fair trial, and a strategic defence that will lead to the best possible outcome in court.
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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 08/01/2018