Assault – Good Behaviour Bond, Without Conviction

domestic-violence3Our client was a young man with mental health issues and an alcohol problem. He had been with his girlfriend for some 7 years but one day they had had an argument and he had punched her. His father called the police and he was charged with assault.

Due to the case being a family violence matter, the police took it very seriously although the offence itself was not extremely grave.

Our client faced charges of Assault and Criminal Damage and he was represented by Andrew Trotter at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court.

Ultimately, our client received a good behaviour bond without conviction.

We spoke to our client early and made extensive preparations for the plea, including obtaining psychological and psychiatric reports, enrolling him in a men’s behaviour change and management course, and obtaining more than 10 references.

In light of our material, the informant provided us with a diversion notice even though the prosecution have a police against diversion for family violence matters.

After making submissions in court and taking the Magistrate through the materials, her Honour observed that his friends and colleagues were lining up to say good things about him; and that although diversion was not possible, she would give him a good behaviour bond. The only conditions were that he finishes his counselling and make a donation to a local children’s hospital.


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 31/03/2015