Theft – Good Behaviour Bond

The client was a a young man in his early 20s, originally from East Africa who was travelling around Australia. He had no prior Court appearances or convictions. He was introduced to heroin by people that he was living with whilst in Melbourne and quickly developed an addiction.

Over a six-month period, he committed a number of offences of theft as well as being charged with possessing and trafficking heroin. He was remanded into custody on the last set of theft charges.

We represented him at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Due to having no fixed address, the Court was reluctant to bail him without him having somewhere to live. After spending 10 days in custody, he was released on bail under the supervision of the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP), who organised access to accommodation, drug and alcohol counselling and access to a doctor who prescribed him methadone.

After pleading guilty to the charges, the accused continued to engage with CISP for a period of 3 months before being exited from the program after successfully completing all of the requirements.

Given the young age of the client as well as his excellent engagement with CISP in terms of assisting his own rehabilitation, the Magistrate was convinced to place the accused on Good Behaviour Bond for 12 months, without a conviction recorded.

The client was concerned about the recording of a conviction as he travelled extensively and had the potential for future employment which would have been adversely affected by a criminal conviction being recorded.


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