Drunk, Multiple Assault Charges
This is a case of a young man who was charged with Drunk and multiple assault charges.
Our client enjoyed too much alcohol after a concert and got into an altercation with other people in a bus. The matter was case conferenced and resolved at a contest mention to a plea to Recklessly Cause Injury and Resist Police.
Hester Kelly acted on the client’s behalf at the Castlemaine Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:
It must be noted that our client had never been in trouble with the police before. He also had an excellent work history and strong family support.
Prior to court, Ms. Kelly had discussions with the prosecutor and they agreed to withdraw the charges of Intentionally Cause Injury and Unlawful Assault. The summary was also amended to make clear that the client was not the initial aggressor. As per client’s instructions, a plea of guilty was entered to the remaining three charges.
Submissions were made about the client’s good character, lack of prior convictions, good work ethic, and prospects of rehabilitation. Ms. Kelly encouraged the magistrate to impose a fine (a lighter penalty) which ultimately turned out to be successful. The client received a fine of $3,500 with conviction and was put on an instalment plan of $250 per month.
It was a good result as the media and courts often portray young men involved in this sort of offending as ‘thugs’. It was great to be able to show the magistrate that this was a young man who has a lot going for him and who, on one evening, made a mistake. This was reflected in the imposition of a fine against a person who was charged with the offence of Drunk and multiple assault charges.
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 03/03/2017