Diversion for Family Violence

This is a case study involving a sentence of diversion for family violence. It was heard at the Magistrates’ Court and we provided criminal defence for the accused.

What is alleged to have occured?
The matter involved allegations against our client of criminal offences that are classified as a form of family violence. The offending occurred when our client was suffering through a difficult drug addiction. Since the incident occurred, our  client had made real efforts to turn his life around and had managed to overcome his previous addiction.

What happened at court?
We acted on the client’s behalf at the Werribee Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

The matter was listed for a diversion hearing. We made sure that there were letters of support from family members, reports from psychologists, and a large number of clean urine screens.

What was the result?
Following filing of the paper work and discussion with the diversion coordinator, our client was found suitable by the magistrate for a sentence of diversion for the family violence offences. The client’s family was very supportive of diversion. Despite the serious nature of the charges, we were able to show to the magistrate that diversion was appropriate particularly given the circumstances of the case.

This is an excellent outcome. It allowed our client, a relatively young man who was still at university, to avoid having a criminal conviction against his name. Due to a sentence of diversion for family violence, his ability to travel and his future economic prospects will not be impeded by having a ‘mark’ against his name.
 
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 10/08/2017