Recklessly Causing Serious Injury – Fine Without Conviction

The client was in his 30s and, originally from Southern Africa. He had been out at Federation Square in the city on a Friday night after work, where he was consuming alcohol with friends. He had become intoxicated, and security attempted to eject him from Transport Bar. The client resisted, and a fight ensued. One of the security guards suffered a blow out fracture to his left eye socket. The client was restrained until police arrived.

He was charged with Recklessly causing serious injury. Kristina Kothrakis represented our client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The client had no prior convictions, and was particularly concerned about having a conviction recorded in this matter. He is employed by a government agency, who conduct police checks on their employees. Further, he and his family members are part of a particular Christian denomination. His family members are particularly devout, and he ran the risk of being ex-communicated from the church group, and consequently his family, if a conviction was recorded.

Submissions were made to the Magistrate about the clients personal circumstances, and the effect that a conviction would have on his social, economic and professional wellbeing. References were tendered from close friends who described this incident as out of character, and verified the position with respect to his family.

He was fined $2,000. There was no conviction recorded.


Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

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.

Visit Kristina’s profile to read more about her 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