Withdrawing Assault Charges Related to Family Violence

This is a case study on withdrawing assault charges related to family violence.
Our client had been charged with offences relating to family violence against an intimate partner. If he was to be found guilty, he would receive an immediate jail term. The police case was not strong.

Prior to appearing at court, we had engaged in much discussion with the prosecutor and also engaged a barrister to represent our client.
Hester Kelly acted on the client’s behalf at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

The police ultimately withdrew all the charges against our client. This was a result of hard work both by the instructing solicitor and the barrister at court, demonstrating to police why they would not be successful in ‘winning’ the case.

The client was extremely happy with the outcome.

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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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 08/02/2018