Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers

ICAC latest: Obeid and MacDonald charged

The latest ICAC news is the charging yesterday by the DPP of former NSW Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald over corruption findings made by the Commission earlier this year.[1] Obeid was found to have acted corruptly in relation to the licensing of cafes connected with family interests, while MacDonald was found to have acted corruptly in the granting of coal mining licences in country NSW. The ICAC has come under fire after a number of sensational recent investigations, with some saying it is acting...

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Client on suspended sentence avoids jail for drug supply

Our client was serving a suspended sentence when his house was searched and a large quantity of ice was discovered. He initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea midway through the hearing at the Local Court. We successfully sought a home detention order, notwithstanding our client’s breach of his suspended sentence, thereby keeping him out of jail. He has since gone clean off drugs.

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Costs and section 10 for police bungling in affray matter

Our client gave us instructions to plead not guilty to affray after he was charged following a bar brawl. The police indicated on the day of the hearing that they were not ready to proceed, and were granted an adjournment. We successfully sought our costs for appearing on that occasion. In the interim, the police furnished us with CCTV evidence. On the basis of this, we advised our client to change his plea to guilty, which he did. At the sentencing hearing, our client received a section 10 good behaviour bond...

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Assault and AVO dismissed Bankstown Local Court

Our client was charged with assault and an AVO was taken out against him. The complainant did not turn up on the day of the hearing and the prosecution sought an adjournment. We informed the Court that we would not seek costs if the matters were dismissed. The prosecution to withdraw the criminal charge and the AVO, and the Court formally dismissed them.

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Mental Health Act diversion for larceny offences

Our client was charged with two counts of larceny committed in the Redfern area. Our client’s offending was marked by mental health issues. Accordingly, we made an application for our client’s matter to be diverted from criminal proceedings under section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act. The Magistrate agreed and put our client on a treatment plan, avoiding conviction.

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Appeal for negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm- We got a Section 10

Our client was charged with negligent driving after he was involved in a traffic accident with a motorcyclist in which our client was at fault. The motorcyclist was really seriously injured. We represented our client in Newtown Local Court, where he was convicted and placed on a community service order. We appealed the decision to the District Court, where the judge overturned the sentence and put our client on a 12 month good behaviour bond with no conviction, remarking that the motorcyclist’s unfortunate...

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Costs awarded for AVO dismissal Sutherland Local Court

Our client had an AVO taken out against him. Only on the day of hearing did the police inform us that the complainant was in custody and no longer wished to pursue the matter. We successfully sought an order for our costs, which was granted. It is very rare to get costs under the Domestic Violence Act.

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Minimum disqualification for UK licence holder

Our client was a UK national who was detected driving with a fairly hefty 0.10 BAC level, placing her well in the mid-range PCA offence. We made submissions in mitigation of penalty, and the court imposed the minimum period of disqualification and a small fine.

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Client walks free after taking 20 pills to a festival, Burwood Local Court

Our client was charged with supply after being caught with 20 pills going to a festival in Homebush. The police rejected our offer for our client to plead guilty to possession, which was not charged. At the hearing, we satisfied the Magistrate that our client was not carrying the pills with the intention of supplying them to others; rather they were for his personal use. The Magistrate accepted our client’s evidence and found him not guilty of supply. As the police had not charged him with the backup offence of...

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