Glassing – Without Conviction
Our client had been drinking at the races all day before heading to a bar in the CBD. He had become heavily intoxicated and the staff at the bar asked him to leave. As he was in the process of complying with the request, he turned around, and punched the security guard in the face while he was still holding his beer glass. The glass did not break but did cause an injury to the mouth of the staff member. He was charged, among others, with Intentionally causing injury and Drunk in a public place. He was lodged in the cells for four hours before being interviewed. The incident was captured on CCTV.
Kristina Kothrakis represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on the following charges:
Our client had no prior criminal history. He was tertiary educated and worked professionally in the energy sector. He was planning on changing his career path to one that would require a working-with-children check. His biggest concern was the recording of a conviction.
Cases which involve ‘glassing’ are viewed extremely seriously by the courts. In order to achieve a without conviction outcome, we needed to gather material to persuade the court that this was a one-off incident that was unlikely to be repeated. We were able to do this by getting a report from his counsellor whom he started seeing after the incident to help with issues surrounding alcohol consumption.
We also obtained character references from colleagues; his fiancé’s parents; and his fiancé who attested to the efforts he had made towards rehabilitation, his general good character otherwise, and the excellent prospects he has for his future.
The Magistrate was ultimately persuaded to not impose a conviction.
Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.
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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 06/10/2015