The client had no criminal history.
Video footage of the incident was taken and it depicted our client in an intoxicated state. In the aftermath of the offence, the client consented to a Final Intervention Order and his family insisted that the police allow him to return home. The client also sought out and participated in counselling to address alcohol dependency.
We represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court. Overall the charges were:
- Criminal Damage
- Unlawful Assault
- Recklessly Cause Injury
- Threats to Inflict Serious Injury
- Threats to Kill
- Throw a missile namely a dining room chair to the injury of a person
During case conference negotiations, all of the serious indictable offences were withdrawn (Make Threat to Kill and Recklessly Cause Injury). Of the 11 offences our client originally faced, only 3 charges remained as a result of extensive negotiations with the police. The matter was prepared as a plea in mitigation and a report from the client’s counsellor was obtained.
Submissions were made to the magistrate and evidence placed before the court which showed that the client’s family had forgiven the client for his behaviour. Another matter of significance was that our client had agreed to comply with a condition of his Intervention Order that he not consume alcohol in the family home.
The client also had an excellent employment history and the magistrate had regard to the out-of-character nature of the offending by the client. The magistrate was also impressed with the steps our client had taken to address the cause of the offending – his alcohol abuse.
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 27/07/2018