Our client was charged with common assault. This charge was out of character and our client was extremely anxious about having a criminal conviction recorded against him.
When the matter first came before the court, it was adjourned so that our client could attend counselling sessions.
When the matter proceeded to sentence, Zoe Whetham, criminal solicitor at Streeton Lawyers, urged the court to deal with the matter without recording a conviction. These submissions included his prior good character, his remorse, as well as the steps he had taken to address his behaviour.
The Magistrate was persuaded by our submissions and consequently no conviction was recorded on the condition that our client agree to be of good behaviour.
Our client was extremely relieved with this outcome as it meant he was able to avoid a criminal record.
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