Guilty Plea for Theft and Other Charges – CCO

This is a case study on charges of related to theft, weapons, and fraud resulting in a Community Corrections Order.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client pleaded guilty to a number of charges across three briefs including robbery, dangerous driving, theft, and obtaining property by deception.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for the following charges:

We sought a sentencing indication at the contest mention and, following submissions, his Honour indicated that if the client pleaded guilty, he would impose a Community Corrections Order (CCO).

In our submissions, we emphasised that there had been a delay in bringing the charges to court which meant that the client had been forced to live with the stress of the possibility of future criminal proceedings for over two years. We also highlighted the facts that the client had relatively few prior offences and had taken some steps to turn her life around, and that she needed ongoing support for continuing drug abuse.

What was the result?
Our client was ultimately sentenced to a Community Corrections Order (CCO) with the conditions that she perform 150 hours of community work and receive drug treatment.
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 03/03/2015