Family Violence Offences – Withdrawn, Good Behaviour Bond Without Conviction

This is a case study on family violence offences resulting in a good behaviour bond without conviction.
Our client had been charged with four family violence offences: Unlawful Assault, Criminal Damage, and two offences of Breaching a Family Violence Intervention Order. He had one criminal prior for Assault. All offences were committed against the same ex-partner.
We represented the client at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court.

Following negotiations with the police, the Unlawful Assault and one of the charges of Breach of Family Violence Intervention Order were withdrawn. The client pleaded guilty to the two remaining charges.

Our client was extremely worried on the possible effect of a recording of a conviction on his prospects for future employment. There was a real risk of the recording of a conviction due to the seriousness with which family violence related offences are treated by the courts.
We sought a sentence indication in respect of the remaining charges (as the police indicated they would withdraw the Assault and one of the Breach IVO charges if the client pleads guilty). Following submissions, her Honour imposed a good behaviour bond without conviction.

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 20/04/2016