Treatment-Only Community Corrections Order for Multiple Criminal Offences

alcoholismOur client had 12 charges on a consolidated plea hearing. These charges included Theft, Possession of Dangerous Article, Theft From Motor Vehicle, and Handle Stolen Goods. The offending was committed while the client was heavily intoxicated and while in possession of an axe.

Hester Kelly represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. Overall, the list of charges included:

This client struggles with alcoholism and has a significant criminal record. For the last 17 years, he has appeared before the Court almost every year and received a prison sentence each time. On this case, he was again at risk of receiving a custodial sentence – based on the fact that he continually re-offends in the same manner, the seriousness of offending, and his lengthy criminal record.

Submissions were made to the Magistrate in terms of prison not working for this particular client and, hence, the need to address the root cause of the offending behaviour (alcohol issues). We also highlighted the fact that the client had now spent some time in the community, offence-free, and had not had the opportunity of a CCO since 1999.

The magistrate ultimately agreed with our submissions and placed the client on a 9-month treatment-only Community Corrections Order which basically includes only treatment and rehabilitation for substance and alcohol use.


Hester KellyHester Kelly

Hester is based at our Melbourne office and was admitted to practice in 2014. She previously worked as an Associate to Judge Howard in the County Court of Victoria and was also a solicitor advocate at another Melbourne criminal law firm before becoming a member of Doogue + George.

Hester graduated with First Class Honours in Law in 2012 from Monash University, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws. She completed two internships at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and has volunteered with the HIV/Aids Legal Centre in Melbourne.

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