THREE MINUTE AQUITTAL: A client in his 20s with a mild intellectual handicap was charged with a sexual assault against a girl of 12. He vehemently denied that he assaulted the girl, and told us that he was trying to retrieve his lighter which was in her pocket while she slept not assaulting her. Having taken instructions, it was clear to us that he was being truthful and we took the matter to trial. After our client had given evidence, the jury acquitted after only three minutes of deliberation.
STEALING AS A SERVANT $55,000: A client worked for a mining company and over the course of a few months took money from the company to cover gambling debts. He pleaded guilty on the fast track. The court took notice of various matters which we put before the Judge, and the client was sentenced to a prison sentence which was suspended.
SEX OFFENCE NEGOTIATIONS: A client was charged with many sexual offences against a child (linear relative). The child was his step daughter and charges ranged over a period of two years between the ages of 11 and 13. He admitted to us that there had been some inappropriate behaviour but not to the extent that he was charged. After negotiation with the State Prosecutor, several charges were withdrawn and others downgraded to reflect the criminality of his behaviour and he pleaded guilty to those charges. Of course he received a jail term, however it was less than half of what he would have had to serve if we had not negotiated the charges, or if he was found guilty after trial.
ROBBERY AT THE PET SHOP: A client, 18, was charged robbery at a pet store. She had disguised herself and taken a large knife into the store demanding money. She pleaded guilty and after negotiations, was accepted into the Drug Court. When she reached the Supreme Court for sentencing, the justice noted her attempts at beating her addiction through the Drug Court and put her on a Pre-Sentence Order. She successfully completed her order, and was given a suspended jail sentence.
ROBBERY AT THE BOOZE SHOP: A client, 22, was charged with robbery at a liquor store. After viewing the cctv and discussions with the prosecutor, the charge was reduced to stealing only as it should have been. The client received a $300 fine.
UP IN SMOKE: A client, 65, was charged with possession with intent to sell and supply of 2 kg of cannabis. The matter went to trial and we were able to show that the client had health issues and was self-medicating with the cannabis. The jury acquitted.