Client charged with AVO, common assault and brandishing weapons while on a good behaviour bond. Despite a lengthy criminal history, SCDL’s submissions resulted in a retrospective bond, so by the time of the hearing the sentence was complete
Client who had just served 7 years gaol time for violent crimes is charged with common assault, while still on parole. The prosecutor pushed for another gaol term, but SCDL’s submissions resulted in a 3 month suspended sentence.
Habitual shoplifter caught offending for the 2nd time, while already on a good behaviour bond. Though this behaviour would ordinarily be considered to demonstrate gross disregard for the law, SCDL persuaded the Court to grant another bond.
Client charged with 3 counts of breach of AVO, 3 counts of stalk, intimidate and harass and 1 count of common assault. SCDL defended all charges at the hearing and subsequently 5 were withdrawn completely and 2 resulted in no conviction.
Client charged with 3 counts of acting with sexual indecency. The prosecutor pressed for a gaol term of 6 years, which was further recommended by the pre-sentence report. Instead,SCDL persuaded the court to grant a 2 year suspended sentence
Prosecution seeks to declare client charged with traffic offence a ‘habitual offender’, which would result in heavy penalties. Despite his damning and extensive traffic record, SCDL persuaded the court to quash the declaration in full.
Client faces 3 shoplifting charges. SCDL made submissions for client to undergo forum sentencing, whereby the client compensates the victims by providing non-financial personal services. This process eventually led to a s10 no conviction.
Client charged with common assault, stalking and domestic violence offences. SCDL made representations and the charges were subsequently withdrawn and dismissed.
Client charged with common assault. Client pled not guilty and SCDL defended the matter, which was resultantly withdrawn and dismissed. We further pressed for legal costs, which were also awarded.
Client charged with 45 fraud offences and facing lengthy gaol term. SCDL made submissions and had the matter transferred to the drug court, which means no gaol sentence may be administered.
Client charged with driving offence. The prosecution wanted to revoke a community service order and re-sentence. Instead, SCDL lodged a District Court appeal and reduced the sentence to a fine and a disqualification period.
While already on bail (originally attained by us) our client was charged with an unrelated serious matter, with a presumption against bail. We made submissions and, against conventional court procedure, attained bail for a second time.