Withdrawing Unlawful Assault Charges
This is a case study on withdrawing Unlawful Assault charges.
Our client had come to Melbourne for the weekend with her partner. During the course of the night, both had consumed a large amount of alcohol. It was alleged that the pair had begun to argue in the taxi on the way back to the hotel, and the client slapped her partner across the face.
The argument continued at the hotel room, and the partner commenced filming on his mobile phone. An altercation is seen. The partner alleged that the client attacked him and caused scratches on his body. He called the police, who attended. Our client was then charged with two charges of Unlawful Assault.
Kristina Kothrakis acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
The client instructed that he and her partner had been having some serious issues in their relationship prior to this trip to Melbourne. He had a history of acting in a controlling manner and damaging her self-esteem. She agreed that there had been a serious argument that night, but denied slapping him in the car.
A copy of the video the partner took was provided to the defence. It was clear that he was antagonising her. She appeared extremely distressed. The video was watched closely; and although she can be seen grabbing at him and pushing him, at the same time it appeared as though he had hold of the front of her shirt.
At a summary case conference with the prosecution, Kristina outlined the history of the relationship and put her observations from the video. The prosecution agreed with her. They agreed to withdrawing the Unlawful Assault charges against the client.
This was a huge relief to our client; especially that she is a teacher and a criminal record would have had a significant effect on her career.
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.
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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 23/04/2018