Recklessly Cause Injury and Other Charges – Adjourned Undertaking

Our client was initially charged with 2 counts of false imprisonment and several assault allegations arising from an incident with his girlfriend. Through negotiations, the charges were downgraded to one count of recklessly cause injury and one count of criminal damage. As a result of several of the more serious charges being withdrawn, amendments to the prosecution summary were made in which the initially quite serious allegations were withdrawn.

Our client was 19 and had no prior convictions. He also had a good work history and was completing his apprenticeship.

Overall the charges he faced were:

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

The Magistrate imposed an adjourned undertaking without conviction.

Having regard to the charges our client had initially faced, this was an extremely pleasing outcome. Our client presented impressive plea material, including several references, which spoke of the strong family support he enjoyed. Our client was also given the benefit of his youthful age and, accordingly, the Magistrate accepted that he fell to be sentenced on the basis of the maturity and life experience of a 19-year old as opposed to a defendant much older.


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

Visit Shaun's profile to read more about his background and experience.

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 25/02/2013