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Good behaviour bond for client with lengthly criminal record

18/01/18

Our client, a father of 3 adult children, with lengthy criminal record being sentenced on a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm whereby he ‘allegedly’ broke the victim’s nose facing full time custody.  SCDL managed to persuade the Magistrate to deal with him by way of a good behaviour bond conditional to him continuing drug and alcohol counselling.

Jail avoided for repeat offender

26/11/14

Our client was up for sentencing for a host of charges: assault occasioning actual bodily harm, severe AVO contraventions, driving while disqualified. He was a repeat violent offender, and her Honour was of the view that full time custody was the only option available. However, we persuaded her Honour to suspend the sentence of imprisonment after we spoke to a psychiatric report we tendered attesting to our client’s mental health problems.

Kicked and costs – logbook offence

21/11/14

Our client, a truckie, was charged with entering a false logbook entry on the basis of the distance he claimed to have travelled in a particular timeframe. The prosecuting authority failed to take account of the time difference. Despite this clear defect in the charge and mistake on the part of the prosecutor, the case proceeded to first day of hearing, before the charge was immediately withdrawn. We successfully sought an order for our client’s legal costs.

No conviction after unsuccessful defended hearing – attempted larceny

14/11/14

Our client instructed us to plead not guilty to attempted larceny, after he and a mate had been caught trying to tow away an apparently abandoned trailer. At the hearing, we argued claim of right – our client had an honest belief in his legal entitlement to the trailer as abandoned property. The Magistrate was unpersuaded by this argument and found our client guilty on the basis that he had not gone to enough lengths to find the trailer’s rightful owner. Nevertheless, at the sentencing stage, the Magistrate recognised that our client was more of a hapless accomplice than criminal mastermind, and put our client on a good behaviour bond, no conviction recorded.

Charges dismissed in speeding offence – North Sydney Local Court

17/11/14

One of our traffic law experts, a former policeman with 13 years’ experience in highway patrol, was in his element grilling a constable during a defended hearing for a speeding offence. The constable had failed to conduct a valid speed check with the result that the charge against our client was defective. After hearing the prosecution’s case, the Magistrate found the case not proven beyond reasonable doubt and dismissed the charge against our client, without calling evidence from the defence. Our client was free to go, with his driving record intact.

No penalty for domestic assault

11/11/14

Our client was convicted of a domestic assault offence. We made submissions in support of a section 10, but considering the message the courts need to send to the community about domestic violence, the Magistrate was not fully persuaded by our submissions. Nevertheless, the Magistrate decided to proceed under s10A, entering a conviction but no other penalty or bond.

No conviction for possession of ecstasy – Penrith Local Court

3/11/14

We successfully persuaded the magistrate to proceed by way of section 10 after our client pleaded guilty to possession of MDMA at Penrith Local Court.

No conviction for foreign national caught with cocaine

3/11/14

Our client was an Irish national who inadvertently produced a bag of cocaine in front of police after he had been ejected from a nightclub and was arguing with bouncers. He was charged with possession and remaining in the vicinity of a licensed venue after being turned out. We advised him to plead guilty and made submissions in favour of mitigation of penalty. The Court was minded to accept our submissions, and imposed put our client on a 9 month good behaviour bond under section 1o for the drug charge. For the remaining in the vicinity offence, our client was convicted and ordered to pay a small fine.

Minimum disqualification for young drink driver with traffic record – Blacktown Local Court

31/10/14

Our client was a young man charged with driving with mid-range PCA. Despite suffering extra-curial punishment in the form of being retrenched from his job as a result of his licence suspension, the court insisted on entering a conviction, in light of the short period of time in which our client had held a drivers licence, and the fact that his P1 licence had already been once suspended for demerit points. He received the minimum period of disqualification and a fine.

Minimum disqualification for UK licence holder

28/8/14

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.

Client on suspended sentence avoids jail for drug supply

16/10/14

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.

Costs and section 10 for police bungling in affray matter

16/10/14

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 and no conviction.

Assault and AVO dismissed Bankstown Local Court

10/10/14

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.

Mental Health Act diversion for larceny offences

1/10/14

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.

Section 10 on appeal for negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm

1/10/14

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 injuries were not a measure of our client’s negligence.

No loss of licence after failing to stop while on a good behaviour licence

29/9/14

Our client was on a good behaviour licence when he was caught on camera failing to stop at a stop sign. Despite facing loss of his licence, we successfully argued for client to keep his licence, and his matter was dismissed under section 10.

Costs awarded for AVO dismissal Sutherland Local Court

23/9/14

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.

Suspension period reduced on licence appeal

19/8/14

Our client appealed a three month suspension period after he lost his licence due to demerit points. Appealing the suspension, we were successful in reducing our client’s suspension period to 14 days.

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

14/8/14

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 possession, of which he would surely be convicted, and the statutory limitation period had passed, our client was free to go.

Sentence reduced on appeal for intimidation offence, Balmain Local Court

13/8/14

Our client was charged with intimidation after he allegedly threatened a neighbour. He pleaded not guilty but was regrettably convicted after a Local Court hearing. We successfully appealed the sentence to the District Court, where the a section 10 bond was imposed with no conviction recorded.

Section 9 after punch-up at a country pub, Moss Vale Local Court

4/8/14

Our client was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after a bar fight. Another man initiated an argument while our client was with his girlfriend and our client ended up punching the other man several times in the head. We advised him to plead guilty, and made submissions in support of a section 10. Given the violent nature of the incident and the presence of alcohol, her Honour decided to enter a conviction and put our client on an 18-month good behaviour bond.

AVO and assault withdrawn and dismissed, Blacktown Local Court

27/7/14

Toward the end of an extensive hearing which revealed the weakness of the prosecution case, the police withdrew indecent assault charges and AVOs taken out against our client by his disgruntled former employees. The Court dismissed the AVO and criminal charges.

Section 10 for mid-range drink driving, good record, Manly Local Court

7/7/14

Our client was a grandfather with a clean driving record after being on the road for over 50 years. He was stopped by an RBT after consuming alcohol at a friend’s wake. The Magistrate took account of our client’s record and the circumstances of the offence and released him without conviction on a good behaviour bond.

Section 10 on appeal for verbal threats

7/7/14

Our client was charged for threatening his neighbour while staying at his partner’s house. We advised him to plead not guilty, as the case was essentially a he said / she said. At a hearing at Balmain Local Court, the Magistrate accepted the complainant’s version of events and convicted our client. We appealed the sentence to the District Court, where our client was resentenced by way of section 10 with no conviction and a good behaviour bond.

Conviction overturned for spitting at bouncer

2/7/14

Our client was charged with common assault and fail to quit premises. He was refused entry while trying to enter a pub after celebrating a friend’s engagement. He got in an argument with the bouncer and spat on the ground. The bouncer then attacked our client and our client was arrested. We advised our client to plead not guilty. The fail to quit premises charge was the wrong charge and was dismissed under a statute of limitations. The assault charge was upheld after a hearing. We lodged an appeal with the District Court, and after viewing the relevant CCTV footage, the Judge agreed with our submissions and overturned the conviction.

No jail for home detention order contravention on appeal to Parramatta District Court

1/7/14

We represented our client in a drugs and firearms matter in which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to home detention. He failed a mandatory drug test after cannabis was detected in his system. The Magistrate at the Local Court revoked the home detention order and sentenced our client to full-time custody. We appealed to Parramatta District Court and persuaded the Judge to allow our client to remain in home detention.

Reduced penalties for multiple fail to nominate offences

30/6/14

Our client was an international student from China whose car was registered under the name of a relative’s company. She went on an extended holiday, during which time an associate had access to her car and racked up eight speeding fines. She received the fines and fail to nominate notices in the mail upon her return. We advised her to plead guilty and in court argued for leniency given the fact that our client would bear the costs of any penalty. The Magistrate reiterated that that was a factor she could not take into account, but reduced the penalty to $1000 for each fail to nominate offence.

One conviction, two good behaviour bonds for fail to nominate offences

25/6/14

Our client was a student from the Middle East who was charged with three fail to nominate driving offences. As these were his first offences, we requested the Magistrate deal with all of them by way of no conviction. The Magistrate agreed in part, recording no conviction for the first two offences, but regarding the third offence, the Magistrate decided that our client should have been familiar enough with the road laws to avoid offending by that stage and imposed a conviction and a fine.

Section 10 for repeat unlicensed traffic offender

25/6/14

Our client had a previous traffic offence when he was caught driving unlicensed performing an illegal left turn. We advised him to plead guilty, and made submissions explaining that he was driving to get dinner for his wife who was suffering from cancer. The Magistrate took favour with our submissions and disposed of the matter with a 12 month good behaviour bond and no conviction.

AVO dismissed following legal argument at Burwood Local Court

19/6/14

Our client was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and an AVO in relation to a domestic with his wife. The wife did not turn up to court and had sent a letter to the police requesting that they drop the charges. The prosecutor argued for an adjournment arguing that they were unable to serve the wife with the subpoena. As the subpoena had been left in the wife’s post box, we relied on a Supreme Court case which said this was sufficient notice. The Magistrate agreed, and dismissed all charges against our client.

Section 10 for morning after offence in Newtown Local Court

19/6/14

Our client was visiting Sydney from Canberra for a friend’s wedding. At the last minute, the couch at his friend’s place was unavailable, so he and a friend decided to sleep it off in his car. Despite having a long breakfast the next morning before setting off back to Canberra, our client was stopped in an RBT and blew low-range over the limit. We explained the lengths our client went to to stay under the limit to the Magistrate, as well as his circumstance as sole breadwinner, and the Magistrate decided to proceed without conviction and a good behaviour bond, with our client keeping his licence.

Good behaviour bond for two assault police offences – Manly Local Court

18/6/14

Our client was a young woman charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and two charges of assault and resist police in execution of duty. She displayed mental health issues at the time of offending, and additionally had a recent family tragedy to grapple with. We made a forceful application for diversion under the Mental Health Act, and while his Honour was sympathetic, he said he had no choice but to proceed by way of conviction, due to the serious nature of the multiple assaults upon police. Our client was convicted and put on a good behaviour bond with conditions of treatment under a mental health plan.

No conviction and fine for repeat graffiti offender

17/6/14

Our client was a young man with a history of graffiti offences as a juvenile. He also demonstrated some mental health issues, so we made an application under the Mental Health Act. Unfortunately, he had received three diversion orders under the Act previously, so his Honour was not minded to proceed in the same way on this occasion. Our client received no conviction and a good behaviour bond with regard to one count, and a conviction and fine in the other.

Not guilty one count, good behaviour bond for other in workplace sexual assault – Burwood Local Court

2/6/14

Our client was an elderly medical professional charged with two counts of indecent assault upon a young female employee. We advised our client to plead not guilty to the charges, and after a hearing, one of the charges was made out, and the other was dismissed. We put forward an argument for her Honour to proceed without conviction, but due to the nature of the offence a conviction and good behaviour bond were imposed. We have appealed both the conviction and the sentence to the District Court.

Interstate resident traffic conviction appealed to District Court

28/5/14

Our client was a WA mother charged with mid-range PCA while visiting Sydney. She was in WA for the court mention and was convicted in her absence and her licence was disqualified, which meant she could not hold a licence anywhere in Australia. We made an application to annul her conviction, which was successful, and made submissions for her to keep her licence based on the fact that she lives in a semi-rural location and has various family commitments. Unfortunately the Magistrate was not persuaded by our submissions, and convicted our client and imposed a period of licence disqualification. We have appealed this decision to the District Court.

Dispensation under Mental Health Act for big four bank fraud at Burwood Local Court

22/05/14

Our client was a young woman with mental issues having grown up in an abusive household. She was charged with fraud after she had moved over $5000 into her personal bank account while working as a clerk at a big four bank in the inner western suburbs. We obtained a psychiatrists’ report and a treatment plan, and the court agreed to deal with our client’s matter otherwise in accordance with law and under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act.

Expensive night out for grown-up soccer hooligan

21/05/2014

Our client was a middle-aged man who owned his own business, charged with assault and fail to quit premises after an altercation with bouncers at a leagues club following a night watching the A-League. In submissions to the court, our client’s “assault” was cheekily but relevantly characterised as “more of a cartwheel than a kick”. While the court accepted this submission, our client had a previous charge of drink driving on his record, so he was convicted, received a small fine and put on a good behaviour bond.

Close call for driving disqualified medical emergency

21/05/2014

Our client was charged with driving disqualified the morning after attending to his pregnant girlfriend who was having medical issues. She was staying alone at her parents and requested our client come to assist her. Crisis averted, he drove back to work the following morning and was stopped by police. As valiant as our submissions were, the court was not convinced that this was a case of medical emergency because our client was intercepted driving the day after the emergency. He was convicted, fined and put on a good behaviour bond.

Backdated, minimum disqualification for executive charged with high range drink driving, Waverley Local Court

20/05/2014

Our client was an executive charged with high-range drink driving. We advised him to plead guilty, and persuaded the court to impose the minimum period of licence disqualification, which was backdated to the date of the offence.

Minimum penalty for repeat drink driver, Waverley Local Court

20/05/2014

Our client was a repeat drink driving offender charged with low-range drink driving subsequent offence. We advised him to plead guilty, and moved the court to proceed without conviction, but in light of our client’s prior record, the court was not persuaded, and our client received a small fine and the minimum disqualification period.

Minimum One charge dropped, appealing another pro bono – Waverley Local Court – nightclub assault

16/05/2014

Our client was charged with assault and fail to quit premises after a night out at a popular eastern beaches hotel. At Waverley Local Court, we managed to get the second charge dropped at hearing due to a mischarging under the Liquor Act. Our client was convicted of the assault charge and we lodged an all grounds appeal to the District Court, where we will appear pro bono.

No conviction for marijuana growing creative type

9/05/2014

Our client was an artist charged under the Drugs (Misuse and Trafficking) Act after he had been discovered cultivating a marijuana plant at his home amongst other illegal plants. We advised him to plead guilty and made submissions to the court that the decision to cultivate the plant was one borne of novelty rather than for any commercial or chronic personal use. The court decided to proceed by way of a section 10 and our client was not convicted.

No conviction for professional with multinational company charged with possession at Newtown Local Court

8/05/2014

Our client was a professional lighting designer with an international touring entertainment group. He was charged with possession after being caught with a gram of cocaine. He instructed us that his job required him to tour internationally and a conviction would affect his work prospects. We advised him to plead guilty and convinced the Newtown Local Court to deal with the matter without conviction under section 10.

Licence appeal: mission accomplished

7/05/2014

Our client was a tour bus operator charged with running a red light in the Sydney CBD. We advised him to plead guilty, and he was convicted and lost his licence at the Downing Centre Local Court. We lodged an appeal against sentence for him, and the result was that our client’s licence was returned to him: mission accomplished.

Ex-con repeat traffic offender avoids jail

1/05/2014

Our client was charged with a number of traffic offences after he was caught speeding on the Hume Highway in Goulburn on a disqualified licence. He had already served a term of full-time imprisonment for a driving disqualified offence and this was the eighth time he had been charged with such an offence within the last ten years. He had been disqualified from driving until 2034. The Magistrate was considering imposing a sentence of full-time imprisonment, however after forceful submissions from the defence regarding his status as breadwinner in a young, growing family, the Magistrate sentenced our client to 200 hours’ community service and ordered a small fine.

Fraud charges dismissed at Bankstown Local Court due to unreliable witness

14/04/2014

Our client was a tradesman and owner of a small business who had been charged with fraud. An account manager he dealt with employed by a trade supplies company had already been convicted of fraud in relation to missing goods. The prosecution brief of evidence for our client revealed nothing which knowingly linked him with the scam. We informed the prosecution that we intended to subpoena the account manager to cross-examine him at the hearing. At Bankstown Local Court on the day, the prosecution decided to withdraw the charges and the case was dismissed.

Minimum penalty for very high-range New Years’ Eve drink driving

11/04/2014

Our client was charged with driving with high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol aggravated by an extraordinarily high reading. He had been celebrating at a New Years’ Eve party. We submitted that our client’s act was out of tomfoolery more than anything else. He received a $1000 fine and the minimum disqualification period.

Minimum Licence returned after mishandling by prominent Sydney criminal law firm

9/04/2014

Our client was charged with a number of drink driving offences 2 years ago. He was sentenced to a 3 year disqualification and hefty fines for 2 of the charges. He instructed a large national criminal law firm to appeal his matter, but through their oversight only 1 of the charges was appealed and reduced to 1 year’s disqualification, with the result that when our client went to the motor registry to get his licence back, he was still serving a 3 year disqualification and the time to appeal had lapsed. We wrote a letter to the Attorney-General’s department requesting they intervene in this extraordinary case. The Minister granted our client an annulment hearing at the Local Court. The magistrate took heed of the public interest circumstances of the case and decided to annul the sentence and put a small fine and no disqualification in its place. In addition, our client was able to recoup the difference from the amount of the fine originally ordered.

Small fine after successful negotiation

9/04/2014

Our client was charged with assault/resist police in execution of duty and fail to leave licensed premises. We made representations to the prosecution to withdraw the more serious assault offence. The prosecution agreed, and our client received a $250 fine for the faile to leave offence.

Theft offences dealt with under Mental Health Act

8/04/2014

Our client was charged with a number of shoplifting offences. We obtained a medical report which provided that our client was suffering from impulse control disorder in the form of kleptomania at the time of the offences. We made an application under s 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 to deal with the matter otherwise than in accordance with law, and our client was put on a treatment plan without her matter proceeding to hearing.

No conviction for pills at a dance party

7/04/2014

Our client was a young man charged with possession after he was detected carrying a number of pills into a music festival. We advised him to plead guilty, and he received a section 10 good behaviour bond.

Licence returned on appeal for night-before drink driving offence

3/04/2014

Our client was a middle-aged school teacher charged with mid-range drink driving after having drinks at a family occasion on the previous night. He was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory minimum 6 month licence disqualification period. He instructed us that he required his licence to assist his special needs students complete extracurricular activities, so we managed to achieve an urgent appeal listing within 2 weeks. On appeal, we persuaded the judge to deal with the matter by way of a section 10 no conviction, and our client’s licence was returned.

Watered-down facts achieve a good behaviour bond

2/04/2014

The facts in our client’s matter indicated a brutal assault; we negotiated with the prosecution for a set of agreed facts consistent with our client’s account. He pleaded guilty and was put on a good behaviour bond.

No conviction for plea in overseas defendant’s absence

2/04/2014

Our client was a visitor from New Zealand caught with cannabis at a dance party. We advised him to plead guilty and we made an application that his matter proceed in his absence. The matter was resolved by way of a section 10 no conviction.

Access to children granted in pro bono Indigenous matter

2/04/2014 Our client was a young Indigenous father of two facing assault and AVO orders prohibiting him from living with his family. His wife did not want the AVO condition. The prosecution insisted it remain in place. We took on the case and resolved the proceedings with a good behaviour bond and AVO orders which allowed our client to reside with his family.

Good behaviour bond for domestic assault

2/04/2014

Our client was a young man who had ended his relationship with his girlfriend. Both were extremely drunk at the time. There were allegations of assault against our client. He could neither confirm nor deny the allegations. We persuaded the prosecution to amend the facts accordingly. Our client received a good behaviour bond.

Dismissal of property offences on technicality, Fairfield Local Court

1/04/2014

This was a suspected stolen goods in custody and deception case. We made a forceful application at the close of the prosecution’s case that our client was improperly charged. Her Honour agreed and dismissed the proceedings. We went on to make an application for our client’s legal costs and were awarded same.

Acquittal for same sex domestic

28/03/2014

This case concerned a same sex de facto couple breakup. Our client’s ex-partner attacked our client in a drunken rage. She then gave a misleading account of the events to the police. A defended hearing revealed the complainant to be an unreliable witness. Her Honour ruled in our client’s favour and acquitted.

Full time prison term overturned on appeal, Blacktown & Parramatta courts

24/03/2014

Our client was a repeat traffic offender charged with driving while disqualified. He was sentenced to a term of full time imprisonment at Blacktown Local Court. Our client made contact with us and we appealed his sentence to Parramatta District Court. The original decision was overturned and our client was resentenced a fully suspended sentence.

Professional avoids conviction for 4 pills at a dance festival

19/03/2014 Our client was a professional charged with possession after a police search revealed 4 ecstasy pills on her person at a dance festival. After forceful submissions on her behalf, our client was granted a section 10.

University student avoids conviction for stealing offence

19/03/2014

Our client was a pharmacy student who was charged with theft after shoplifting from a supermarket. We advised him to plead guilty and he received a section 10.

Young professional avoids conviction for driving with the presence of drugs

19/03/2014

Our client was a professional charged with driving with the presence of drugs. She had taken an ecstasy pill on the weekend at a festival and gone on a trip two days later and was pulled over for a random drink and drug test. We advised her to plead guilty and she received a section 10.

No conviction for assault and resist arrest

14/03/2014

Our client was charged with assault and resist arrest. We advised him to plead guilty and made submissions in mitigation on his behalf. He received a section 10.

Small penalty for assault and resist arrest

14/03/2014

Our client was charged with assault and resist arrest. He had a prior record including an assault involving alcohol. He was convicted and received a small fine.

Section 10 for possession and resist arrest, Newtown Local Court

13/03/2014

Our client was a young international student who was given LSD at a bar not knowing what it was. He became significantly disoriented and was arrested hours later at a different location with a quantity of drugs in his possession. We advised him to plead guilty and the magistrate, taking into account how out of character his behaviour was, imposed an 18 month good behaviour bond.

Elite athlete avoids prison

12/03/2014

Our client was an elite athlete charged with high range drink driving. This was a subsequent offence attracting a maximum 2 year jail term. The court was considering a full time custodial sentence, but was persuaded to impose a sentence of community service.

Small penalty for proceeds of crime offence

12/03/2014

Our client was apprehended with $4000 in cash unaccounted for. He was charged with dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime. He was in the company of his associates, who were charged with cannabis possession and could not offer a reasonable excuse as to how he came into possession of the cash. We argued that there was no causal nexus between the others’ drug possession and our client’s possession of the cash. Her Honour took a dim view, but in the circumstances agreed to fine our client only $800.

No conviction for damaging a boomgate

12/03/2014

Our client was charged with damage to property after he broke a boomgate in desperation in a parking garage. We advised the client to contact the parking company and make restitution. The magistrate granted our client a section 10.

Minimum penalty for high range drink driving

11/03/2014

Our client was charged with high range drink driving, a subsequent offence. He received the minimum disqualification period backdated to the date of the offence and a small fine.

Minimum penalty for multiple repeat traffic offender

11/03/2014

Our client was charged with driving disqualified, stating a false name to police and speeding. These were subsequent offences. He received a nominal fine and the minimum period of disqualification.

Section 10 for assault

7/03/2014

Our client was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. After successful negotiation with the prosecution, the facts were toned down and the charge downgraded to common assault. Our client received a section 10.

Good behaviour bond for ex-con

7/03/2014

Our client was charged with assault and resist police. He had an extensive criminal history, including 20 years in prison. He received a good behaviour bond.

Mental Health Act dispensation for theft offence

4/03/2014

Our client was a professional with a big four accounting firm who was suffering from depression and a serious chronic illness. He was charged with shoplifting offences. We arranged for a s 32 certificate, arranging a treatment plan for his mental health issues, and the matter was dealt with under the Mental Health Act without proceeding to a hearing.

Section 9 bond for glassing

26/02/2014

Our client was charged with reckless wounding after a glassing incident at a pub, facing a maximum sentence of 7 years’ imprisonment. After successful negotiation with the prosecution, the charge was reduced to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in exchange for a plea of guilty. Our client received a section 9 bond – conviction with no penalty and a good behaviour bond.

Dismissal of charges for red light split decision

24/02/2014

Our client, a tour bus driver, was fined for a red light offence. He had made a judgement call in the interest of safety and ran the red light. The court accepted our reasoning and the matter was dismissed without conviction.

Client avoids prison for nightclub assault

12/02/2014

Our client was an off duty nurse who intervened in a scuffle outside a nightclub and was charged with assaulting a bouncer and failing to leave licensed premises. The court was considering a custodial sentence. The result was 100 hours’ community service.

Charges dismissed in assault with a weapon

7/02/2014

Legal Aid matter. Our client was accused of a serious assault with a weapon. Due to deficiencies in the prosecution case, the charges were dismissed before the case went to trial.

Good behaviour bond for flooding an apartment

14/02/2014

Our client was charged with malicious damage for turning on a fire hose and flooding a unit. He was put on a good behaviour bond and received a restitution order for damage.

Good behaviour bond for sex offender register offence

5/02/2014

Our client was on the sex offender register and was charged with breaching a social media reporting condition. A potential custodial sentence was averted and our client was put on a good behaviour bond.

Dismissal of contested AVO, Hornsby Local Court

3/02/2014

Our client, a young father, was subject to an AVO taken out by the mother of his child accusing him of violent outbursts and drug abuse. The case went to a hearing and was vigorously contested by both sides. The causes for the AVO were not proved and the AVO was dismissed.

Good behaviour bond for serious assaults

6/01/2014

Our client was charged with a series of serious assault and intimidation offences. He was facing the strong possibility of a custodial sentence. After successful negotiation and submissions, our client was released on an 18 month good behaviour bond.

Mid-range drink driving

6/01/2014

Our client was charged with mid-range drink driving, with several aggravating features present. He received a small fine and the minimum disqualification period.

Release from prison

6/01/2014

For a violent breach of an AVO, our client was remanded in custody and facing a full time custodial sentence. After successful negotiation with prosecution and submissions on sentence, our client was released on a suspended sentence less time served.

Sniffed out at Stereosonic

6/01/2014

Our client was intercepted by a drug dog at Stereosonic music festival with a quantity of illicit drugs. He received a section 10.

17 pills, no conviction – Penrith District Court

16/12/2013 Our client was charged with supply after being searched entering a dance festival with 17 pills in a bumbag. After negotiation with the prosecution, the charge was lowered to possession in exchange for a plea of guilty and our client went before the District Court and received a section 10 no conviction good behaviour bond.

MDMA at a dance party

2/12/2014 Our client was caught trying to take MDMA into a dance party. At court he received a section 10.

Conviction annulled for overseas serviceman

2/12/2014 Our client was convicted and fined for traffic offences committed by another while he was on tour with the SAS in Afghanistan. We had the conviction annulled and the case dismissed.

Leniency for community leader

2/12/2013 Our client, an experienced professional in the not-for profit / Indigenous affairs space, was charged with possession of illegal substances, common assault and failure to leave licensed premises. He received a section 10 on the assault and failure to leave charges and a small fine for the possession charge. We are appealing the possession conviction in the District Court.

Ice addict repeat offender

2/12/2013 Our client was charged with breaching a condition of an AVO regarding drug use. We managed to convince the court out of a sentence of full time custody.

Driving while suspended appeal

2/12/2013 Our client was convicted in the Local Court for driving on a suspended licence. We appealed the sentence to the District Court and our client received a section 10 no conviction.

Mid-range drink driving minimised

11/07/2013 Our client, a Senior Admin Officer was charged with mid-range PCA. We were able to successfully reduce the sentence to a minimum driving disqualification and a $200 fine.

Assault occasioning actual bodily harm and robbery

3/07/2013 Our client was a rehabilitated drug user charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and robbery. Though the Magistrate indicated a custodial sentence, we were able to successfully persuade the bench to reduce the penalty to an 18 month good behaviour bond, allowing our client to keep his life on track.

A professional with a low-range drink-driving

2/07/2013 Our client was a Chartered Accountant charged with low-range PCA. We were able to successfully achieve a result of no conviction, no disqualification and no fine.

Supplying drugs at a dance party

27/06/2013 Our client was a student charged with supplying illicit drugs. We were able to successfully negotiate with the DPP to withdraw the supply charges in return for a plea of guilty for possession. Our client received the reduced penalty of an 18 month good-behaviour bond. We are currently appealing this decision to the District Court for a section 10.

Dancing with Ecstasy

26/06/2013 Our client was a young man caught with 7 tablets of ecstasy at a dance party. We advised our client to plead guilty and presented a strong subjective case on his behalf. As a result, our client received a section 10 with no conviction.

Section 10 for a client with a medical condition

24/06/2013 Our client was charged with mid-range PCA. We were able to successfully present his case that his medical condition affected his decision-making. As a result, our client received a section 10 with no conviction.

Excessive drinking leading to assault

21/06/2013 After a long night of excessive drinking, our client was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a breach of AVO. He had received a 9 month custodial sentence at the Local Court. We successfully appealed to the District Court and achieved a 12 month suspended sentence.

Successful defence of a domestic violence charge

21/06/2013 Our client was a software engineer charged with a domestic violence offence. We were able to successfully defend him. As a result he was acquitted of all charges and received a not-guilty judgment.

International worker charged with malicious damage

20/06/2013 Our client was a builder on a working visa. He was charged with malicious damage after breaking a window of a Sydney pub. We entered a plea of guilty and were able to achieve a section 10 with no conviction, our client paying management only for the damage he caused.

Low-range drink-driving with a clean record

13/06/2013 Our client was an Advisor to a Government Minister charged with low-range PCA. We were able to successfully achieve a no-conviction result.

Ecstasy at a dance party

16/11/2012 A personal trainer caught with three ecstasy pills at a dance party. Our client pled guilty and our submissions resulted in a section 10, no conviction.

Threats over infidelity lead to serious criminal charges

14/11/2012 After finding out that his girlfriend was having an affair, our client sent a series of abusive texts to the other man, leading to criminal charges. Initially the court deemed the messages threatening enough to warrant a prison term. We subsequently appealed to the District Court, where the sentence was promptly overturned.

Small business owner staves off bankruptcy

6/11/2012 Several creditors lodged proceedings against our client’s small family business, claiming tens of thousands of dollars. We successfully contested several adjournments and stays of proceedings, allowing our client an extra 5 months to arrange financial affairs to his satisfaction.

Joint divorce application

5/11/2012 We negotiated with our client’s wife’s solicitor to make the divorce application joint. We subsequently attended on behalf of all parties; order granted.

Private AVO dismissed

2/11/2012 Our client, who is an employee of an inner-city RSL, was subject to a private AVO. After Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers made representations to a magistrate, the AVO was dismissed with a further order that the applicant pay our client’s legal fees.

Superannuation claim negotiation

1/11/2012 Our client’s ex-partner was claiming 80% of their superannuation fund, which we negotiated down to 65% to our client’s satisfaction.

Repeat offender gets section 10 no conviction

19/10/2012 Client charged with driving while suspended, having previously been disqualified twice for DUI and driving while suspended. Despite being a repeat offender, we managed to persuade the Court to grant a section 10, no conviction.

Australia Day car crash

16/10/2012 Client crashes his car into two residencies on Australia Day and refuses to give a blood alcohol test, swearing at those on the scene. On the basis that this behaviour was completely out of character, and it was a first offence, our client was released with merely a fine and a licence disqualification, and no bond.

Cruel romance in King’s Cross

11/10/2012 On exiting a club in Kings Cross, out client had an altercation with her ex-boyfriends’s new girlfriend, which resulted in an assault charge. Our client has aspirations to be a police officer, and a conviction could have ruined her career prospects. Despite the current community/media spotlight on violence in Kings Cross, we managed to convince the magistrate to issue a section 10, no conviction.

5 charges within a year

9/10/2012 Client charged with driving while disqualified. Despite having already been convicted of mid-range PCA, driving while suspended and driving while disqualified, all in the past year, we minimised the sentence to a community service order. 3 months later the client was again charged with driving while disqualified. On this occasion we minimised the sentence to an Intensive Corrections Order, again avoiding a custodial sentence, despite the rapid repeat offences.

4th drink driving offence; fine and minimum disqualification

4/10/2012 Client charged with a fourth drink driving offence within 5 years. Despite the fact that the last three offences were all high-range, we limited the sentence to a fine and the minimum disqualification from driving.

AVO between husband and wife dropped, with an order for our costs

2/10/2012 The police took out an AVO against our client on behalf of his wife, who purportedly ‘feared for her life particularly in the last few months’. We satisfied the Court that our client had not seen his wife for over three months, and subsequently the AVO was dropped. We also received an order that our client’s legal fees be paid by the applicant.

Client facing 7 years in custody released with suspended sentence

20/09/2012 Client charged with 8 total offences including Reckless Grievous Bodily Harm or Wounding for a domestic altercation with her husband. Facing a maximum penalty of 7 years full time custody, we minimised the sentence to a 12 month suspended sentence.

Negligent driving occasioning bodily harm dismissed with no conviction

1/08/2012 Client charged with negligent driving occasioning bodily harm. SCDL made submissions to withdraw the occasioning charge, and get a section 10 dismissal of the negligent driving charge, both of which were successful. Costs were also awarded.

Client caught driving under the influence, while taking his child to hospital

31/07/2012 Client caught driving under the influence, while taking his child to hospital. SCDL made representations to the court, articulating the mitigating factors, which resulted in a section 10 dismissal, no conviction.

SCDL wins Intensive Corrections order for repeat drink driver charged with 3.79% reading

27/07/2012 Client charged with high range PCA, with a blood alcohol reading of 3.79%. Despite having 4 previous PCA matters on record, SCDL persuaded the Court to grant an Intensive Corrections Order, avoiding what was a highly likely gaol sentence.

Client avoids gaol after fraud charge and breach of bond

26/07/2012 Client with a littered criminal record is charged with fraud while on a good behaviour bond. SCDL made submissions to avoid a gaol term, and was successful, as the Court granted a further bond.

Client commits several offences while on good behaviour bond; gets 3 month suspended sentence

25/07/2012 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 just out of gaol and charged with common assault gets 3 month suspended sentence

23/07/2012 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 shoplifted caught for second time, while on good behaviour bond

20/07/2012 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.

7 separate charges lead to no conviction

19/07/2012 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 facing 6 years in gaol avoids custodial sentence

19/07/2012 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

SCDL defends ‘Habitual Offender Declaration’

18/07/2012 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.

Common assault, stalking and domestic violence

16/07/2012 Client charged with common assault, stalking and domestic violence offences. SCDL made representations and the charges were subsequently withdrawn and dismissed.

No conviction for multiple shoplifting charges

16/07/2012 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.

Common assault dismissed with legal costs

13/07/2012 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.

45 fraud charges

12/07/2012 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.

District Court appeal results in reduction of sentence

11/07/2012 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.

SCDL overcomes presumption against bail in very serious matter

10/07/2012 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.

Assault with intent to rob downgraded from District to Local Court

10/07/2012 Client charged with assault with intent to rob in the District Court, potentially facing many years in gaol. After case conferencing with the prosecution, SCDL got the charge downgraded to the Local Court, to be dealt with summarily.

Spurious AVO dismissed

9/07/2012 NSW Police issued a spurious AVO against our client. After negotiations from SCDL, the AVO was dismissed, and we are presently making submissions for the police to pay our client’s legal costs.

Charges dropped in million dollar fraud

6/07/2012 Client’s wife misappropriated funds from work into his bank account, unbeknownst to him, to the approximate value of a million dollars. SCDL engaged in strenuous negotiations with the defrauded company, who agreed not to press charges.

Caught by unmarked police car

4/07/2012 Client pulled over at a set of lights by an unmarked police car, and charged with speeding 30km over the limit. SCDL presented strong mitigating evidence to the Court which reduced the offence to one of non conviction.

Matter from the media

3/07/2012 Client charged with alleged in volvement in high profile matter, with a presumption against bail. SCDL persuaded the court that the Crown’s evidence was weak and circumstantial. Result: bail granted.

64 drug plants

25/06/2012 Client faced charges in the District Court for cultivating 64 prohibited plants in a hydroponic set-up for commercial purposes. SCDL plea bargained with the Crown, eventually resulting in a good behaviour bond.

District Court trial for seriously indictable offence

21/06/2012 Client charged with a seriously indictable offence in a District Court trial. Crown wanted more time to put on further evidence. Our client instructed us to seek costs. Result: order that the Crown pay all our client’s legal costs.

Road rage leads to common assault

12/06/2012 Traffic altercation leads to charges of common assault. The defendant made an admission of guilt to the police. He then engaged SCDL and we persuaded the court to dismiss the charges, despite the admission.

15th violent offence

6/06/2012 Client charged with 15th violent offence, having previously been sentenced to lengthy suspended sentences on the same charges. Result: 3 month good behaviour bond.

Young man charged with malicious damage to property

23/05/2012 Young man charged with malicious damage to property. Charges dealt with under the sec. 32 Mental Health Act, resulting in the dismissal of the charges conditional to a 6 month mental health treatment plan.

Sniffer dogs catch man with drugs

14/05/2012 Man charged with possession of a prohibited drug after being searched at a music festival. He engaged SCDL and subsequently obtained a section 10 dismissal without conviction.

Wounding in alcohol fuelled brawl

9/05/2012 Client charged with affray and malicious wounding in an alcohol fuelled brawl. SCDL’s negotiation with police was successful and the malicious wounding charge was withdrawn. Result: 10 month good behaviour bond for affray charge.

Common assault occassioning grievous bodily harm

30/04/2012 Client with a long history as a violent juvenile offender charged with common assault occassioning grievous bodily harm. Client refused bail and subsequently contacted SCDL for his bail application. Result: bail granted.

Serial disqualified driver

24/04/2012 Serial disqualified driver, with a suspension until 2026, caught driving again. Despite facing prison time, SCDL reduced the sentence to a good behaviour bond.

Truck driver facing loss of licence

23/04/2012 Truck driver facing loss of licence sought SCDL’s advice. We advised him that the max penalty was a fine and therefore the best way to proceed was self-represented. We instructed him on how to do so and he received the minimum penalty.

Client faces 50 charges

17/04/2012 Client faced years in custody for 50 charges including fraud and breached bonds. SCDL recognised drug addiction as the reason for offending and persuaded the Court as such, resulting in a rehabilitation order instead of jail time.

Repeat drink driving offender

12/04/2012 Repeat drink driving offender charged with low range PCA. SCDL persuaded the court not to convict the client, which would result in a licence disqualification. Instead, the court granted a section 10 dismissal with no disqualification.

Graffiti artist faces jail time

6/04/2012 Graffiti artist faces jail time for many charges. The police pressed for adjournments, but we resisted. Result: order that the police pay all of our client’s legal costs.

Defrauding Commonwealth

4/04/2012 Client charged with defrauding the commonwealth. SCDL negotiated extensively with DPP to lessen charge and ammend the facts if our client pleaded guilty. Result: good behaviour bond.

Bouncer caught with steroids

2/04/2012 Bouncer caught with 10 mg of steroids. SCDL persuaded court not to convict resulting in a section 10 dismissal.

Assault matter dismissed on grounds of mental health

30/03/2012 Client charged with assault. SCDL mounted a sec. 32 application to have the matter dealt with under the Mental Health Act rather than the criminal law, resulting in the dismissal of the charges conditional to a 6 month mental health plan.

Client escapes 14 year imprisonment

12/03/2012 Repeat offender with a long criminal history charged in the District Court with break and enter and stealing. We instigated a psychological assessment and a treatment plan. Result: good behaviour bond including drug and alcohol counselling.

Assaulting police officer

27/02/2012 Client accused of assaulting police officer whilst off duty. SCDL defended the matter resulting in a full acquittal, with our client awarded all legal costs.

Parole hearing for serious offence

23/02/2012 Parole hearing for inmate serving time for serious offence. Parole refused on previous occassion. Client subsequently engaged SCDL who organised necessary treatment for ongoing rehabilitation. Parole granted.

Domestic violence dispute leads to assault occassioning actual bodily harm

16/02/2012 Man charged with assault occassioning actual bodily harm after a domestic violence dispute. SCDL were engaged in the proceedings and the AVO was dismissed.

Wife takes out AVO against husband

14/02/2012 Wife took out an AVO against our client, who feared the effect this would have on his relationship with his two children. SCDL entered into negotiations outside the Courtroom, managing to get the AVO dropped by consent and without admission

Long term drug user caught with methamphetamine

13/02/2012 Long term drug user caught in possession of methamphetamine. SCDL facilitated his referral into the MERIT program and came out with a section 10, no conviction with ongoing drug and alcohol counselling.

AVO dispensed with by undertakings

10/02/2012 Young man on AVO charge previously dealt with in another court. Matter dispensed with by undertakings. Result: no AVO recorded.

Young man in possession of marijuana

1/02/2012 Young man soon to be married charged with possession of marijuana. On advice of SCDL, client pleaded guilty resulting in a section 10 dismissal.

Early plea minimises sentence for assault charge

25/01/2012 Woman charged with common assault and damage to property. We advised her to enter an early plea which minimised the sentence to a fine and a compensation order.

Section 10 for DUI

24/01/2012 Manager of major car brand gets done DUI. Through SCDL, he receives a Section 10 with a good behaviour bond. No conviction! No loss of licence!

Young man charged with affray

25/10/2011 Young man charged with affray after jumping into a fight to help out his mate. Magistrate considered a custodial sentence, until we persuaded him otherwise. Result: Community Service Order.

Moving on

21/10/2011 Client has an AVO brought against him by an ex-girlfriend. He says it’s a bogus claim, and he hasn’t had contact with her since they split up. Matter resolved by consent and without admission.

Storm in a teacup

13/10/2011 SCDL client has to defend an AVO brought against him by his ex-partners new boyfriend. Sadly this is another case where an AVO is used in spite. Enter SCDL – case against our client withdrawn.

Young lady learns the value of her licence

12/10/2011 A series of traffic fines leads to a young lady driving whilst suspended. Maximum fine of $2,200. Mandatory minimum disqualification of 12 months if convicted. Good thing she engaged SCDL. No conviction. She still has her licence.

Young man arrested with 1kg of steriods

10/10/2011 Defendant pleaded guilty. SCDL fought to keep his record clean. Mission accomplished – offence proved without conviction.

Everybody needs good neighbours…

6/10/2011 But this isn’t television. Long standing feud between neighbours leads to an AVO. SCDL client wants to defend the AVO. Contested hearing leads to the AVO against our client being dismissed.

On the road again

30/09/2011 Young mother engaged Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers to appeal a decision to suspend her driver’s licence. We made submissions to the justice and had her licence reinstated.

Young bank teller escapes prison

29/09/2011 Defendant pleaded guilty to ‘Larceny by clerks or servants’. He was convicted and placed on a good behavior bond for a 18 months while continuing to address his gambling addiction and ordered to pay his employer compensation of $8,000.

Common Assault and Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

29/09/2011 Defendant pleaded guilty to charges of Common assault and Assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Penrith Local Court. Both offences proved without without conviction, with a good behaviour bond for 2 yrs.

Young mechanic keeps his licence and his job

29/09/2011 Young mechanic pleaded Not Guilty to several traffic offences. On the day of trial, the police witness was not available. The prosecution asked for an adjournemt. We strongly opposed. No evidence was offered, so the case was dismissed.

Possess prohibited drug

29/09/2011 Defendant pleaded guilty to the charge of ‘Possess prohibited drug’. Submissions were made by Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers, and the offence was proved without conviction, with the defendant placed on a good behavior for a period of 12 months.

Businessman offender caught driving while licence cancelled – Again!

28/09/2011 Max penalty $5,500, and/or 2yrs gaol, and max licence disqualification for 7 yrs, after being declared an Habitual Offenders Declaration by the RTA. Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers appeared on his behalf, had the HOD quashed. Licence offence pending.

Apprentice Plumber caught with cannabis

27/09/2011 Young man caught with 7g of cannabis. He pleaded guilty, and admitted that he had substance abuse issues. We argued that the matter should be dealt with by way of a section 10 dismissal. The Magistrate agreed. Case closed.

New Website Launch

8/09/2011 We’ve updated our website to provide our clients with more comprehensive information about criminal and traffic offences.

Financial adviser gets another chance

1/09/2011 Male in his 30s charged with 4 counts of drug possession. Conviction would see the end of his career in the finance world. Enter Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers. Offence proved, without conviction. Another great result!

Matter from the media

3/07/2012 Client charged with alleged in volvement in high profile matter, with a presumption against bail. SCDL persuaded the court that the Crown’s evidence was weak and circumstantial. Result: bail granted.

64 drug plants

25/06/2012 Client faced charges in the District Court for cultivating 64 prohibited plants in a hydroponic set-up for commercial purposes. SCDL plea bargained with the Crown, eventually resulting in a good behaviour bond.

District Court trial for seriously indictable offence

21/06/2012 Client charged with a seriously indictable offence in a District Court trial. Crown wanted more time to put on further evidence. Our client instructed us to seek costs. Result: order that the Crown pay all our client’s legal costs.

Road rage leads to common assault

12/06/2012 Traffic altercation leads to charges of common assault. The defendant made an admission of guilt to the police. He then engaged SCDL and we persuaded the court to dismiss the charges, despite the admission.

15th violent offence

6/06/2012 Client charged with 15th violent offence, having previously been sentenced to lengthy suspended sentences on the same charges. Result: 3 month good behaviour bond.

Young man charged with malicious damage to property

23/05/2012 Young man charged with malicious damage to property. Charges dealt with under the sec. 32 Mental Health Act, resulting in the dismissal of the charges conditional to a 6 month mental health treatment plan.

Sniffer dogs catch man with drugs

14/05/2012 Man charged with possession of a prohibited drug after being searched at a music festival. He engaged SCDL and subsequently obtained a section 10 dismissal without conviction.

Wounding in alcohol fuelled brawl

9/05/2012 Client charged with affray and malicious wounding in an alcohol fuelled brawl. SCDL’s negotiation with police was successful and the malicious wounding charge was withdrawn. Result: 10 month good behaviour bond for affray charge.

Common assault occassioning grievous bodily harm

30/04/2012 Client with a long history as a violent juvenile offender charged with common assault occassioning grievous bodily harm. Client refused bail and subsequently contacted SCDL for his bail application. Result: bail granted.

Serial disqualified driver

24/04/2012 Serial disqualified driver, with a suspension until 2026, caught driving again. Despite facing prison time, SCDL reduced the sentence to a good behaviour bond.

Truck driver facing loss of licence

23/04/2012 Truck driver facing loss of licence sought SCDL’s advice. We advised him that the max penalty was a fine and therefore the best way to proceed was self-represented. We instructed him on how to do so and he received the minimum penalty.

Client faces 50 charges

17/04/2012 Client faced years in custody for 50 charges including fraud and breached bonds. SCDL recognised drug addiction as the reason for offending and persuaded the Court as such, resulting in a rehabilitation order instead of jail time.

Repeat drink driving offender

12/04/2012 Repeat drink driving offender charged with low range PCA. SCDL persuaded the court not to convict the client, which would result in a licence disqualification. Instead, the court granted a section 10 dismissal with no disqualification.

Graffiti artist faces jail time

6/04/2012 Graffiti artist faces jail time for many charges. The police pressed for adjournments, but we resisted. Result: order that the police pay all of our client’s legal costs.

Defrauding Commonwealth

4/04/2012 Client charged with defrauding the commonwealth. SCDL negotiated extensively with DPP to lessen charge and ammend the facts if our client pleaded guilty. Result: good behaviour bond.

Bouncer caught with steroids

2/04/2012 Bouncer caught with 10 mg of steroids. SCDL persuaded court not to convict resulting in a section 10 dismissal.

Assault matter dismissed on grounds of mental health

30/03/2012 Client charged with assault. SCDL mounted a sec. 32 application to have the matter dealt with under the Mental Health Act rather than the criminal law, resulting in the dismissal of the charges conditional to a 6 month mental health plan.

Client escapes 14 year imprisonment

12/03/2012 Repeat offender with a long criminal history charged in the District Court with break and enter and stealing. We instigated a psychological assessment and a treatment plan. Result: good behaviour bond including drug and alcohol counselling.

Assaulting police officer

27/02/2012 Client accused of assaulting police officer whilst off duty. SCDL defended the matter resulting in a full acquittal, with our client awarded all legal costs.

Parole hearing for serious offence

23/02/2012 Parole hearing for inmate serving time for serious offence. Parole refused on previous occassion. Client subsequently engaged SCDL who organised necessary treatment for ongoing rehabilitation. Parole granted.

Domestic violence dispute leads to assault occassioning actual bodily harm

16/02/2012 Man charged with assault occassioning actual bodily harm after a domestic violence dispute. SCDL were engaged in the proceedings and the AVO was dismissed.

Wife takes out AVO against husband

14/02/2012 Wife took out an AVO against our client, who feared the effect this would have on his relationship with his two children. SCDL entered into negotiations outside the Courtroom, managing to get the AVO dropped by consent and without admission

Long term drug user caught with methamphetamine

13/02/2012 Long term drug user caught in possession of methamphetamine. SCDL facilitated his referral into the MERIT program and came out with a section 10, no conviction with ongoing drug and alcohol counselling.

AVO dispensed with by undertakings

10/02/2012 Young man on AVO charge previously dealt with in another court. Matter dispensed with by undertakings. Result: no AVO recorded.

Young man in possession of marijuana

1/02/2012 Young man soon to be married charged with possession of marijuana. On advice of SCDL, client pleaded guilty resulting in a section 10 dismissal.

Early plea minimises sentence for assault charge

25/01/2012 Woman charged with common assault and damage to property. We advised her to enter an early plea which minimised the sentence to a fine and a compensation order.

Section 10 for DUI

24/01/2012 Manager of major car brand gets done DUI. Through SCDL, he receives a Section 10 with a good behaviour bond. No conviction! No loss of licence!

Young man charged with affray

25/10/2011 Young man charged with affray after jumping into a fight to help out his mate. Magistrate considered a custodial sentence, until we persuaded him otherwise. Result: Community Service Order.

Moving on

21/10/2011 Client has an AVO brought against him by an ex-girlfriend. He says it’s a bogus claim, and he hasn’t had contact with her since they split up. Matter resolved by consent and without admission.

Storm in a teacup

13/10/2011 SCDL client has to defend an AVO brought against him by his ex-partners new boyfriend. Sadly this is another case where an AVO is used in spite. Enter SCDL – case against our client withdrawn.

Young lady learns the value of her licence

12/10/2011 A series of traffic fines leads to a young lady driving whilst suspended. Maximum fine of $2,200. Mandatory minimum disqualification of 12 months if convicted. Good thing she engaged SCDL. No conviction. She still has her licence.

Young man arrested with 1kg of steriods

10/10/2011 Defendant pleaded guilty. SCDL fought to keep his record clean. Mission accomplished – offence proved without conviction.

Everybody needs good neighbours…

6/10/2011 But this isn’t television. Long standing feud between neighbours leads to an AVO. SCDL client wants to defend the AVO. Contested hearing leads to the AVO against our client being dismissed.

On the road again

30/09/2011 Young mother engaged Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers to appeal a decision to suspend her driver’s licence. We made submissions to the justice and had her licence reinstated.

Young bank teller escapes prison

29/09/2011 Defendant pleaded guilty to ‘Larceny by clerks or servants’. He was convicted and placed on a good behavior bond for a 18 months while continuing to address his gambling addiction and ordered to pay his employer compensation of $8,000.

Common Assault and Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

29/09/2011 Defendant pleaded guilty to charges of Common assault and Assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Penrith Local Court. Both offences proved without without conviction, with a good behaviour bond for 2 yrs.

Young mechanic keeps his licence and his job

29/09/2011 Young mechanic pleaded Not Guilty to several traffic offences. On the day of trial, the police witness was not available. The prosecution asked for an adjournemt. We strongly opposed. No evidence was offered, so the case was dismissed.

Possess prohibited drug

29/09/2011 Defendant pleaded guilty to the charge of ‘Possess prohibited drug’. Submissions were made by Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers, and the offence was proved without conviction, with the defendant placed on a good behavior for a period of 12 months.

Businessman offender caught driving while licence cancelled – Again!

28/09/2011 Max penalty $5,500, and/or 2yrs gaol, and max licence disqualification for 7 yrs, after being declared an Habitual Offenders Declaration by the RTA. Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers appeared on his behalf, had the HOD quashed. Licence offence pending.

Apprentice Plumber caught with cannabis

27/09/2011 Young man caught with 7g of cannabis. He pleaded guilty, and admitted that he had substance abuse issues. We argued that the matter should be dealt with by way of a section 10 dismissal. The Magistrate agreed. Case closed.

New Website Launch

8/09/2011 We’ve updated our website to provide our clients with more comprehensive information about criminal and traffic offences.

Financial adviser gets another chance

1/09/2011 Male in his 30s charged with 4 counts of drug possession. Conviction would see the end of his career in the finance world. Enter Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers. Offence proved, without conviction. Another great result!

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