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Small fine after successful charge negotiation of allegations of choking in domestic setting

Apprehended Violence Orders, Assault, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Recent Cases, Recent News, Waverley Local Court

Waverley Local Court – March 2016 Our client was a young labourer from the north coast charged with choking and common assault in relation to his partner. On the basis of significant inconsistencies in the partner’s version of events, we negotiated with the prosecution offering to plead to the common assault in exchange for dropping […]

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Released from jail on the day for dangerous driving and multiple AVO breaches – Legal Aid matter

Apprehended Violence Orders, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Immediate Release, Legal Aid, Liverpool Local Court, Parramatta Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News

Liverpool and Parramatta Local Courts – March 2016 Our client was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, after his ex-partner jumped from his moving car following an argument they had, suffering brain damage. His matter was referred to us on a grant from Legal Aid.  Our client was found guilty on the basis […]

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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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AVO withdrawn after we cross-examine complainant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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Section 10 no conviction and dismissal of charge for various offences – Legal Aid matter

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

Downing Centre Local Court – November 2015 Our client was a young Aboriginal man charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm of a neighbour and breaching an AVO by common assault of his ex-partner. His matter was referred to us on a grant from Legal Aid. The complainant neighbour did not appear, and we argued […]

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Charges dismissed for assaulting A housemate

Apprehended Violence Orders, Assault, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Recent News, Waverley Local Court

Waverley Local Court – October 2015 Our client was charged with common assault after she allegedly drunkenly assaulted her housemate, in a colourful account whereby our client allegedly threw a cucumber at the complainant at one point. The complainant had to be urged to attend court by prosecuting police, and was clearly reluctant to do […]

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16-month prison sentence reduced to 2 months with time served – Parramatta District Court

Appeal, Apprehended Violence Orders, Assault, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Liverpool Local Court, Parramatta District Court, Recent Cases, Recent News

Our client came to us through a family member after he had been locked up in Liverpool Local Court for 16 months on non-parole for breaching an AVO and assaulting police. Each charge was on the low end of objective seriousness for the type of offending concerned.   We lodged our client’s appeal against severity […]

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Charges withdrawn and dismissed in domestic violence Legal Aid case

Apprehended Violence Orders, Assault, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Downing Centre Local Court, Legal Aid, Not Guilty, Recent Cases

We represented a legally aided client in our capacity as member of the General Criminal Law Panel of Legal Aid at the Downing Centre Local Court. He was charged with common assault and breach of an AVO, the complainant being the mother of his child. The case proceeded and we cross-examined the officer in charge, […]

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