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Case Study: Sexual Assault Offences Withdrawn and Client Avoids Jail Sentence

A case study which highlights the experience and expertise of Streeton Lawyers in defending clients against Sexual Assault charges.

Justin Wong

In 2023 Senior Associate Amanda Pappas was successful in having serious sexual assault charges withdrawn against our client. The client was facing two charges of sexual intercourse without consent contrary to section 61I of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). However, these charges were withdrawn as a result of Amanda’s expertise and extensive negotiations with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

In lieu of those very serious charges which carry a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment with a standard non-parole period of 7 years imprisonment, Amanda negotiated an agreement that her client instead plead guilty to one count of sexual touching without consent contrary to section 61KC of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), and a further offence was taken into account on a Form 1.

Amanda was also able to have the DPP agree to keep the matter in the Local Court for sentence and settled an agreed facts sheet favourable to our client.

Strong submissions were made at the sentencing hearing, and the Streeton team urged the magistrate to sentence the client to a good behaviour bond, being a Community Corrections Order, instead of a term of imprisonment. 

This was an outstanding result for our client and an example of how a pro-active and knowledgeable legal team is imperative at the early stages of any case.

As can be seen in this example, experienced and effective legal representation can result in your charges being dropped against you – saving you time, money and years of anxiety and stress in having to defend serious allegations of criminal conduct.

If you have sexual assault charges currently against you give one of the specialist criminal lawyers at Streeton Lawyers a call.