Sexual Assault – Adjourned Undertaking, Without Conviction

This is a case study on a charge of Sexual Assault. Adjourned undertaking without conviction was ultimately imposed which is considered a good outcome considering the circumstances of the case.

What is alleged to have occured?
The offence was allegedly committed by our client who was a young man. It must be noted that he has no criminal record and had never been in trouble before. Our expert sexual offence lawyers provided criminal defence on his behalf at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

What happened at court?
The matter proceeded as a plea and amendments were made to the summary. We made submissions to the court that focused on encouraging the magistrate to release the client on an adjourned undertaking (also known as good behaviour bond). This was a reasonable move especially if we take into account the client’s young age and the significant steps he had taken since the offending.

What was the result?
For the charge of Sexual Assault, adjourned undertaking (without conviction) was ultimately imposed and the client was able to avoid being placed on the sex offender register. The latter was a crucial part of the sentence as being placed on the register can have very far reaching consequences, particularly for a young person (e.g. future employment, travel, and many more).

It was an excellent result. This particular case of Sexual Assault resulting in an adjourned undertaking was made possible by immediately referring the client to a specialised forensic psychologist and obtaining an expert report. We were also able to gain references from other people in the client’s life.
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 08/05/2018