Good Behaviour Bond Without Conviction for Fail to Answer Bail

This is a case of good behaviour bond without conviction for Fail to Answer Bail and other offences.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was facing charges on four (4) separate briefs that were more than a year old. The offences included drug possession, breaches of Family Violence Intervention Order, shop thefts, and 2 charges of Fail to Answer Bail. As a result of being in transient accommodation and not wanting to deal with the matters, he had not attended court and warrants had been issued for his arrest. The client had later reached a turning point in his life and determined that he wanted the matters dealt with so that he could move forward. He approached the police of his own initiative and had all warrants executed and was bailed to appear at court.

What happened at court?
Amelia Ramsay acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

We advised the client of a number of options that would improve his chances of getting a good result at court including regular drug screens, character references, demonstration of family support, and continued counselling. The client was able to produce twice-weekly drug screens for more than 3 months. Further, he obtained some excellent character references that were forwarded to our office to ensure that they were appropriate for court purposes.

The client’s psychologist also provided a very supportive letter. The client’s partner and mother were at the final court hearing when a plea in mitigation was conducted. All of these factors contributed to an excellent outcome that the client was able to achieve by the end of the case.

What was the result?
The matter proceeded by way of a consolidated plea of guilty to the 4 briefs before the court. Considering all the submissions made, his Honour was satisfied that our client had made a concerted effort to turning his life around and this was reflected in the penalty imposed. He was fined for the counterfeit notes found in his possession and was sentenced to a good behaviour bond without conviction for Fail to Answer Bail and the rest of his charges.

Amelia RamsayAmelia Ramsay

Admitted to practice in 2013, Amelia performs her work with care and professionalism ensuring clients understand the Court process, their charges and that they receive the best possible outcome.

Since joining Doogue + George, Amelia has represented clients in a broad range of indictable offences including, manslaughter (one-punch laws), foreign incursion and terrorism related offences, importation of drugs, cultivation of drugs, and sexual offences. Her work has included trials in the County and Supreme Court, plea hearings and contested committals as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal. Amelia works closely with barristers including briefing Queen’s and Senior Counsel. Amelia also appears regularly at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and suburban courts as a solicitor advocate.

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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 07/04/2017