Diversion for Family Violence

This is a case involving a diversion for family violence.
The matter involved allegations of family violence. It occurred when our client was suffering through a difficult drug addiction. Since the offending occurred, the client had made real efforts to turn his life around and had managed to overcome his previous addiction.
Hester Kelly 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.
Following filing of the paper work and discussion with the diversion coordinator, our client was found suitable by the magistrate for diversion. 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.

Hester KellyHester Kelly

Hester is based at our Melbourne office and was admitted to practice in 2014. She previously worked as an Associate to Judge Howard in the County Court of Victoria and was also a solicitor advocate at another Melbourne criminal law firm before becoming a member of Doogue + George.

Hester graduated with First Class Honours in Law in 2012 from Monash University, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws. She completed two internships at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and has volunteered with the HIV/Aids Legal Centre in Melbourne.

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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 10/08/2017