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Community service order for violent breach of AVO – Legal Aid matter

Apprehended Violence Orders, Assault, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Downing Centre Local Court, Drug Offences, Legal Aid, Recent Cases, Recent News

Downing Centre Local Court – March 2016 Our client was a young disadvantaged man of Aboriginal background with a history of drug use and physical abuse, whose matter was referred to us by Legal Aid. He was due to be sentenced for a violent breach of AVO and common assault against his ex-partner, as well […]

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Supreme Court bail for serious sex offences

Assault, Bail, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Immediate Release, Lismore District Court, Recent Cases, Recent News, Sexual Offences, Sydney Supreme Court

Sydney Supreme Court – March 2016 Our client was charged with a number of serious sexual assault and intentional wounding and grievous bodily harm offences arising out of an allegedly abusive domestic relationship. With the trial matter pending in the Lismore District Court, we persuaded a Supreme Court judge to grant our client conditional bail, […]

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Good behaviour bond only for joyride in fire truck – Legal Aid matter

Campbelltown Local Court, Criminal Law, Legal Aid, Recent Cases, Recent News

Campbelltown Local Court – February 2016 Our client was a retained firefighter charged with a string of offences arising from an allegation that he broke into a fire station, took the truck for a joyride, and crashed it into the station upon returning it. His matter was referred to us on a grant from Legal […]

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AVO withdrawn after we cross-examine complainant

Apprehended Violence Orders, Domestic Violence, Hornsby Local Court, Not Guilty, Recent Cases, Recent News

Hornsby Local Court – February 2016 Our client instructed us to defend an AVO brought by his wife from whom he had separated. We subjected her to a forceful cross-examination, which soon had her story falling apart. Under threat of pursuing our legal costs if successful, we persuaded the police prosecutor to withdraw the AVO […]

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Fine only for dangerous driving

Manly Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News, Traffic Law

Manly Local Court – February 2016 Our client was a 17-year-old who had only had his licence for a matter of months when he was charged with drive in a manner dangerous, speed over 30km/h and negligent driving as a back-up. We negotiated with the prosecution to slim down the charges, and the prosecution dropped […]

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Fine only for absent ex-con defendant charged with joyride offence – Legal Aid matter

Criminal Law, Legal Aid, Mt Druitt Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News

Mt Druitt Local Court – February 2016 Our client was charged with taking his ex-partner’s car without her consent. His matter was referred to us on a grant from Legal Aid.  He had previously served sentences of imprisonment for traffic offences. Despite instructing us to plead not guilty, our client was in Melbourne at the […]

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No further jail time for home invasion offence – Legal Aid matter

Criminal Law, Immediate Release, Legal Aid, Parramatta Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News

Parramatta Local Court – February 2016 Our client was a young man charged with break, enter & steal and related offences concerning a home invasion committed in company with use of a firearm. His matter was referred to us on a grant from Legal Aid. We prepared a defended committal hearing, at which we were […]

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Section 10 no conviction for pub assault

Assault, Criminal Law, Downing Centre Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News, Section 10

Downing Centre Local Court – January 2016 Our client was a middle-aged professional woman charged with assault after she violently lashed out at security staff after her partner was ejected from licensed premises in the Sydney CBD. Despite the dramatic nature of the police facts, we were able to persuade the magistrate to deal with […]

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Section 10 no conviction for riding in a stolen motor vehicle

Criminal Law, Hornsby Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News, Section 10

Hornsby Local Court – January 2016 Our client was charged with riding in a stolen conveyance after he allowed himself to ride as passenger on two occasions on a stolen scooter. Initially instructing us to plead not guilty, then changing those instructions to deal with the matter by way of diversion under mental health legislation, […]

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Good behaviour bond and fine for serious ‘one punch’ matter

Assault, Criminal Law, Recent Cases, Recent News, Windsor Local Court

Windsor Local Court – January 2016 Our client was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he drunkenly struck a stranger at a holiday retreat, causing the other man to fall over and strike his head on a concrete boat ramp, requiring stitches in the back of his head. Despite the serious nature of […]

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Section 10 good behaviour bond for law student charged with drug possession and assault police

Assault, Criminal Law, Downing Centre Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News, Section 10

Downing Centre Local Court – January 2016 Our client was a young man charged with attempted self-administration and possession of cocaine and assaulting police. Upon being questioned about being found with cocaine and about to inhale a line of the drug, he pushed past police and ran away, only to be identified days later. We […]

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Rape charge withdrawn in Local Court

Campbelltown Local Court, Criminal Law, Not Guilty, Recent Cases, Recent News, Sexual Offences

Campbelltown Local Court – December 2015 Our client was a young man charged with rape following a complaint from an acquaintance. Confident of our chances at trial, and keen to keep our client’s costs down, we pushed the prosecution along and indicated that we were ready to have our client committed for trial in the […]

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