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Recent results that our referred lawyers have secured for MyDefence customers.

Updated: June 2021

Case: Luxury car company-owned car speeding at over 45kph, no driver owns up.

Client's company owns luxury vehicles that it leased out to a-list celebrities. Part of their marketing strategy was that they provide anonymity to customers by destroying contact records after the lease. One of their cars was caught speeding over 45kph in the Burnley Tunnel. The company could not provide the details of the driver.

Charges:  Ch1 (speeding over 45kph); Ch2 (failing to nominate a driver); Ch3 (failing to updated VicRoads records - address); Ch4 (failing to updated VicRoads records - name)

Result: Ch4 withdrawn; Plead guilty Ch1, 2, 3 - $2000 fine with conviction, no loss of licence as the company was the accused

MD lawyer represented the company. Magistrate was unimpressed with the company's reasons however was powerless to do anything other than to order a fine. If this had happened to an individual they would have lost their licence for 2 years.


Case: Speeding to get home from work at 4am.

Client intercepted by police at 4am coming home from his hospitality job. The road was semi residential and no public was around. Police charged client with dangerous driving at speed and speeding over 45kph. Client's goal was to not have a criminal record with dangerous driving on it.

Charges:  Ch1 (speeding over 45kph); Ch2 (dangerous driving at speed)

Result: Ch2 withdrawn; Plead guilty Ch1 - 12 mo mandatory loss of licence, without conviction

MD lawyer cross examined the circumstances at the time and convinced the prosecutor to withdraw the dangerous driving charge on the basis that there was no danger to the public given it was in the early hours of the morning and no other drivers were around. Prosecutor argued that police were also public, however the client's evidence was that he saw police ahead and slowed down and stopped, thereby not placing the police at risk with his speed as he passed them.


Case: Remanded for cultivating commercial quantity of cannabis in a syndicate.

Client was arrested by police in the moment of dismantling electrical equipment in a cannabis operation. He was remanded and police opposed bail citing he is an unacceptable risk of interfering with unknown crop-houses and destroying evidence.

Charges:  Ch1 (cultivate commercial quantity of cannabis); Ch2 (theft of electricity)

Result: Bail granted, exceptional circumstances established

MD lawyer cross examined the police informant which revealed that there were other people linked to the operation at-large and that any interference with unknown crop-houses would have already occurred. Furthermore it was the client's first time in custody and he had no prior criminal history. MD lawyer also obtained a rehabilitation report (CISP) that provided some treatment while on bail. Magistrate granted bail finding exceptional circumstances existed to release the client and placed him on stringent conditions.


Case: Client unaware he was suspended from driving, car impounded.

Client's car was impounded due to driving while suspended because of demerit points. He was unaware that he was suspended.

Charges:  Ch1 (drive while suspended)

Result: Car released from impound; full impound fees waived

MD lawyer adduced evidence showing that client required his car for work and was suffering exceptional hardship as he was stood down without pay until he had a car to drive and his employer wrote a letter supporting this claim. Magistrate was satisfied that loss of full income and job was exceptional hardship and ordered the vehicle to be released from impound.


Case: Police apply speed detection of another car to client's car.

Client was driving along a highway and indicated and changed lanes where a speeding police car was pursuing another car. The police car had to break hard and avoid a collision with the client and causing them to call off the pursuit. Police allege client was speeding and racing the car they were pursuing.

Charges:  Ch1 (speeding between 35kph to 45kph )

Result: Full withdrawal of charge

MD lawyer requested the dash cam footage of the police car which found that the speed detection was applied to the car they were pursuing and not the client's car. Accordingly they could not prove that the client was speeding. 


Case: Riding a dirt bike on a footpath while suspended.

Client was teaching his girlfriend how to ride a dirt bike. Police observed client noting the bike was unregistered and found that client's licence was suspended for not having submitted a medical report.

Charges:  Ch1 (drive while suspended); Ch2 (riding an unregistered bike)

Result: Full withdrawal of charges

MD lawyer argued that the informant had not complied with filing requirements of the court. Police withdrew the charge rather than risking that an application for costs was made against them.


Case: 20 years old and too scared to tell employer that licence was suspended.

Client's licence was suspended for 10 months due to accumulation of demerit points. He was 20 years old worked as an apprentice electrician and thought if he told his boss he would lose his job as he needed his licence to travel. Client decided to drive and was caught twice driving while suspended.

Charges:  Ch1, Ch2 (drive while suspended), Ch3 (fail to display P-Plates), Ch4 (registration plate not displayed to regulation)

Result: $750 fine without conviction, no further licence loss

MD lawyer argued that our client was young and immature, suffered anxiety and was for such a young age also a bread winner for his family. His parents are both ill as an additional stressor in his life. Magistrate agreed that for a young age he had a lot of pressure and found that he had taken steps to deal with the causes of accumulating multiple demerit points which led to a suspension in the first place.


Case: Charge amended to avoid mandatory 3 month loss of driver licence.

Client was caught speeding at alleged 98kph in a 70kph zone. Police did not use a speed detector but instead the TUPMED (Take Up Position Maintain Even Distance) method by which they followed client for 10 seconds and looked at their speedo. Client alleged that the police officer could not be that accurate which meant that there was a 4kph difference between losing his licence for 3 months or not losing his licence at all. Client works in transport and needed his licence.

Charges:  Ch1 (driving between 25 and 30kph)

Result: Ch1 amended to be driving under 25kph; fined $400 with conviction, no loss of licence

MD lawyer sought an opinion from a magistrate as to client's case where police conceded that they could not be so accurate in their driving ability to detect a 4kph difference. Further complicating the case is that client has 20 pages of prior driving offences. There was a risk that the magistrate could exercise their discretion to suspend his licence anyway. MD lawyer argued that this offence was different because it was at the time of a curfew being imposed during a COVID-19 lockdown and that he simply didn't want to be caught out of curfew. The trade-off was that he was convicted which wasn't a concern to client as he had prior driving convictions.


Case: Driving while suspended but believed licensed the time.

Police pulled client over in his car for random check and informed him that his licence was suspended. Client said he elected for the 1 point demerit point bond and produced a phone record showing that he had made a phone call to VicRoads prior to being pulled over.

Charges:  Ch1 (drive while suspended)

Result: Full withdrawal of charge

MD lawyer sought an opinion from a magistrate as to client's defence of honest and reasonable mistake of fact. Prior to any finding by the magistrate, the prosecutor offered to withdraw the charge on the basis that the phone record indicates that he did make efforts to ensure he was licensed.


Case: Caught trafficking Cannabis & Cocaine with $23,000 and weapons.

Police executed a search warrant on young client aged 21yo. Search of his phone revealed evidence of trafficking cocaine and cannabis. $23,000 was found in his safe as well as a variety of prohibited weapons and an imitation firearm that was a toy gun that client had purchased as a young teenager.

Charges:  Ch1, 2 (trafficking cocaine and cannabis); Ch3, 4 (possess cocaine and cannabis); Ch5 (negligently deal with proceeds of crime); Ch6 (dealing with property suspected to be proceeds of crime); Ch7, 8, 9, 10 (possess prohibited weapons nuckledusters, nunchucks, 2x machete); Ch11 (possess imitation firearm)

Result: Withdraw Ch2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10;  $2000 fine without conviction

MD lawyer sought that the trafficking charges are rolled up into the one charge and that the alternate offences of possession are withdrawn and to plead to the lesser proceeds of crime offence which is a summary offence. MD Lawyer also found that the machete's are not prohibited weapons so these charges were withdrawn. At his plea, MD lawyer submitted that all the prohibited weapons and the toy gun were purchased at a time when client was a child and prior to the laws being enacted that meant such items are no longer freely available for purchase. While the client could account for much of the $23,000 cash seized, because of the evidence of trafficking, it was a choice to take the opportunity to resolve the matter in front of a sympathetic magistrate who took into account client's lack of a prior criminal history and agreeing to not convicting him due to his young age and prospects of rehabilitation.


Case: Speeding while suspended and not displaying P Plates.

Police pulled client over for speeding at 82kph in a 60kph zone. Client was suspended from driving and not displaying his P Plates. Because this was a second offence police also made an application to forfeit his $30,000 car.

Charges:  Ch1 (drive while suspended); Ch2 (speeding 22 kph over the limit); Ch3 (not displaying P Plates); Car forfeiture application

Result: Full withdrawal of charges

MD lawyer found a filing defect of the charges and raised this issue with the prosecutor who agreed to withdraw the charges providing that no application for costs was made.


Case: Accidental fishtail of car on the way to dinner. 

Police pulled client over observing that he had fishtailed his car around a corner on his way to a pizza shop. Client had slowed down on an amber light but decided to proceed through the intersection to prevent a hard brake and stop in the intersection. Client's car was impounded but released later on exceptional hardship grounds. While impounded police found the car was unroadworthy.

Charges:  Ch1 (careless driving), Ch2 (driving causing loss of traction), Ch3 ( unroadworthy vehicle)

Result: Ch1 withdrawn; Plead Guilty Ch2 & 3 - Fined $600 without conviction & no further suspension of licence

MD lawyer successfully had the more serious charge of careless driving withdrawn. As this was the client's first offence a minimum penalty was submitted to the Magistrate with no loss of licence. The Magistrate accepted that client's behaviour was inadvertent.


Case: Lying Police officer claims client forged a signature then lays charges.

Client was charged with numerous driving offences including making a false nomination for offences that she said she did not commit. Police officer alleged our client admitted to forging a signature on a driver nomination form amongst other allegations including that client was covering for her friend hoping to avoid the speeding fine/dangerous driving charge and loss of licence.

Charges:  Ch1 (speeding over 45kph); Ch2 (dangerous driving at speed); Ch3 (making a false nomination of driver)

Result:  Full withdrawal of charges + legal costs reimbursed

The MD lawyer sought the recordings from the police informant where the client made the alleged admissions. After listening to the recordings, it was evident that no such admissions were made and the police informant's statement was materially different. The police informant showed no remorse and refused to withdraw charges. The MD Lawyer took that matter to court and the prosecution agreed to withdraw. Client is also considering an IBAC complaint and suing the police for misfeasance in public officer/malicious prosecution.


Case: Abusing Protective Services Officer near a railway station. 

PSOs saw what they thought was a domestic violence incident at a train station they were patrolling between client and her boyfriend. PSO made an innocent yet insulting comment to client who took it the wrong way and responded by abusing the PSOs and other attending police officers with offensive language. Client was offered Diversion by the prosecutor but this was refused by the magistrate.

Charges:  Ch1 (use of offensive language on a public transport premises)

Result:  Full withdrawal of charge

After analysing the brief and talking to the client, the MD lawyer found that the offensive language was uttered on the footpath outside the railway station premises. 12 months had expired since the date of the offence so police could not lay an additional charge of offensive language in a public place. Client was extremely remorseful for her conduct which assisted in having the charge withdrawn.


Case: Protestor damages window of Victorian Premier's electorate office.

Client suffers PTSD due to an assault on him a number of years ago. Progressively his behaviour escalates to participating in anti-lockdown protests and being arrested for not complying with pandemic directions. One evening he and a fellow protestor attended the office of the Victorian Premier and damaged the front window with a sling shot and ball bearings. Client is remanded in custody without any mental health support.

Charges:  Ch1 (criminal damage); Ch2 (possess prohibited weapon); Ch3 (fail to comply with CHO directives); Ch4 (drug possession)

Result:  Therapeutic Community Corrections Order without conviction

The MD barrister resolved client's case leaning heavily on him having no prior criminal history but also his untreated yet diagnosed mental health condition. Prosecutor sought a conviction, however the Magistrate sided with the MD barrister acknowledging that a conviction would be a step too far for someone who has not been given the chance of undertaking therapy.


Case: Disgruntled customer makes threats to call centre employee.

Client purchased some gifts online from a mainstream retailer. Gifts were never delivered and client called customer service line 9 times in one day seeking a refund. On the ninth phone call our client was told he won't get a refund at which point he became verbally abusive and made threats out of frustration and in a snap moment.

Charges:  Ch1 (threat to inflict serious injury); Ch2 (use of a carriage service to menace)

Result: Full withdrawal of charges

The MD lawyer argued that the threat was not a serious threat and that the client did not have the necessary intent because he knew the customer service centre was being operated outside of Australia. Also argued that the call was not menacing "in the circumstances" because when you take the context of all 9 phone calls, it was arguable that the conduct was not menacing.


Case: Entrapped into drug trafficking at music festival.

Client was attending 4 day music festival when covert police operatives arrested him for selling drugs to them. Our client says that the operatives did not take no for an answer and befriended him and persisted until our client agreed to sell some of his personal use drugs for the price he paid.

Charges:  Ch1 (drug trafficking); Ch2, Ch3, Ch4 (drug possession)

Result: Diversion granted - all charges dismissed after 3 months + $500 donation

At first the prosecutor refused Diversion. The MD Lawyer took the matter before the magistrate and argued that Diversion was suitable otherwise a stay of proceedings should be granted on the basis of improper conduct of the police in entrapping our client. Prosecution changed their mind and agreed to Diversion.


Case: Burnouts on a highway.

Client was driving on a highway and twice spun his rear wheels out at traffic lights.

Charges:  Ch1 (driving causing loss of traction); Ch2 (improper use of vehicle)

Result: Diversion granted - all charges dismissed after 6 months.

MD Lawyer secured a recommendation from the prosecutor that our client was suitable for the Diversion Program because he was young, had nil prior offences, made full admissions and was cooperative with police.


Case: Bail variation for client charged with rape.

MD Lawyer secured bail for our client charged with rape in July 2020. Bail conditions were strict. The client has complied with his conditions and made an application to vary his bail to provide more flexible hours for him to attend a new job that required shift work.

Charges: Ch1 (rape)

Result: Prosecutor consented and variation granted

The prosecutor wanted specific details of the new employment. The MD Lawyer worked with the client to provide as much disclosure as possible to minimise the variation not being consented to.


Case: "P" Plate driver burn out in a "P" Plate prohibited car.

Client is young and was driving his mums car to get new tyres for her. He wasn't aware that the car was prohibited as too powerful for a "P" Plate driver. On his way he spun the wheels of the car out for 30 metres. Client just got his first ever job driving heavy rig vehicles.

Charges: Ch1 (causing a vehicle to lose traction); Ch2 (driving a "P" plate prohibited vehicle)

Result: Plead guilty to all charges - Fined $2000, without conviction, no interference with licence

The client had significant criminal priors and the magistrate wanted to convict him on the submission of the prosecutor. MD lawyer argued that a conviction would affect his future employment and that this is his first offence since being on his "P" plates. The magistrate narrowly did not convict him or suspend his licence on the grounds that he had just secured a job.


Case: Drive unlicensed & unregistered vehicle.

Client was unlicensed for 8 years because he had outstanding fines he couldn't afford to pay off. Needed to drive on a few occasions to work to pay of fines and live. Client had priors for driving unlicensed that made him at risk of conviction.

Charges: Brief 1 - Ch1 (drive unlicensed); Ch2 (drive unregistered vehicle); Brief 2 - Ch 1 (drive unlicensed) 

Result: Ch2 Withdrawn; Plead Ch 1 on both briefs - Fined $1000, without conviction, no interference with licence

MD Lawyer argued client did not know car was unregistered. Worked with client to pay off fines, get relicensed and obtain letter from employer to convince Magistrate not to convict him. Magistrate told client he deserved a conviction but accepted it would have affected his employment so decided not to.


Case: Drive while suspended.

Client was unaware he was suspended and thought he was on the 1 demerit point bond system and had no prior history.

Charges: Ch1 (drive while suspended)

Result:  Plead Ch 1 - Fined $350, without conviction, no interference with licence

MD Lawyer argued client was unaware he was unlicensed, just had a baby and was wanting to get his bald tyres changed for safety reasons for his family, and was of good character.


Case: Car impoundment where car was a work vehicle.

Client's ute was impounded because he was driving whilst suspended. The ute was used by other employees of his company.

Result: Exceptional hardship proven.

MD Lawyer secured release of the ute by demonstrating exceptional hardship on other employees who rely on the use of the ute to do their job.


Case: Bail variation for client charged with drug trafficking.

MD Lawyer secured bail for our client charged with drug trafficking and was placed on conditions including an onerous curfew and required to live with his parents. Client had since got a full time job and needed bail to be varied to allow him to work during curfew hours, and wanted to move to his own rental property.

Charges: Ch1 (trafficking cocaine); Ch2, Ch3 (negligently deal with proceeds of crime

Result: Prosecutor consented and variation granted

MD Lawyer worked with the client to provide as much disclosure as possible on his new job. Prosecutor agreed that our client had turned his life around since the offences and consented to the variation.


Case: Extension of time to nominate other driver.

Client received notification from VicRoads that his licence would be suspended due to accumulation of demerit points due to two speeding fines paid under his name. His wife was actually the driver and she had paid the fines unknown to him.

Result: Extension of time to nominate another driver granted and licence reinstated.

MD Lawyer argued that Client was not aware of the fines and should be granted leave to nominate his wife and have his licence reinstated.


Case: Extension of time to nominate other driver.

Client's company received Final Demand from Fines Victoria for unpaid speeding infringements even though they had nominated an employee as the driver. Unaware, Fines Victoria had sent Client notification that the nomination form was filled out incorrectly but they never received the correspondence.

Result: Extension of time to nominate another driver granted.

MD Lawyer argued that a spate of mail thefts in the area at the time likely led to Client not receiving the correspondence from VicRoads and produced facebook posts of other people in the area experiencing mail theft.


Case: Breach of IVO and other serious charges where victim lied to police.

Complex case where Client was subject to an intervention order, breached it and was on remand. Partner repeatedly forcing Client to breach the order by contacting him and pressuring him stay at her house to look after their children. Partner then lied to police alleging that our Client broke in, threatened to kill her, and stole property.

Charges: Ch12 (persistent contravene IVO); Ch 6 to 11 (contravene IVO); Ch 1 (threat to kill); Ch2 to 4 (criminal damage);  Ch5 (theft)

Result: Withdrawal Ch1 to 11; Plead Guilty Ch12 - Received therapeutic CCO with time served for time on remand.

MD Lawyer negotiated all but one charge to be withdrawn arguing that the complainant had made the story up (all proven on police body cam and false statements) and indicating that our Client would take the matter to a contested hearing. MD Lawyer  had listed a bail application as a backup for the next day which would have likely been granted based on the weakness of the prosecution case. Client had to plead to contravening the IVO because the law said that even if the victim forces a breach, this is no defence.


Case: Unpaid parking fines

Client's company received 3 court summonses for parking on the street over a time in a 2hr parking limit.

Charges: Ch 1, Ch 2 & Ch 3 (exceed parking in a 2hr parking zone)

Result: Withdrawal of all charges

MD Lawyer negotiated with prosecutor to allow client to pay the infringements even though the charges were proven and the Client's company may have faced a substantially greater fine.


Case: Bail application

Client was driving to his mum's home late at night with all his possessions in his car. Police pulled him over for a licence check. Client consented to search of vehicle where police found a large quantity of cash and a traffickable quantity of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia.

Charge: Ch 1 (trafficking drugs); Ch2 (possess drugs); Ch3/Ch4 (deal with proceeds of crime)

Result: Bail granted

MD Lawyer cross examined the police informant who agreed that client consented to the search when he did not have to. Raised the argument that with all his possessions in the car, the money was his life savings and the drugs were for his drug addiction. Lawyer arranged drug treatment while on bail and client was to be under a curfew and supervised by his mum at her house.


Case: Shop theft where client had forgot to pay

Client attended Coles supermarket and walked out of the store with $50 in groceries unaware that she forgot to pay for them.

Charge: Ch 1 (theft)

Result: Diversion granted, Ch1 dismissed after 3 months

MD Lawyer argued that client had not intended to leave the store without paying for groceries (Intention is a key element for police to prove theft) and that she was exhausted from a new born baby. Client had no prior criminal history and police agreed to recommend her for the Diversion Program.


Case: Possess drug without a prescription where search of car was unlawful

Client was driving out of a car park in the mid-morning. Police pulled him over and told him that the car park is used for drug deals and so he was going to search his car. Later police in their statement said that they saw some Cannabis in the console of his car and that was the reason why the car was searched.

Charges:  Ch 1 (Possess drug without prescription)

Result: Full withdrawal.

MD Lawyer asked for body cam footage which showed that the police office only saw the cannabis after he told our client he would search the car. The officer did not have reasonable suspicion to search the car, which made the search unlawful.


Case: Unpaid train ticket and abusing PSO.

Client was on a train going home when asked by PSOs to show his ticket, he also had his feet on the seat. Client believed he had a valid ticket as he had a collection of transport passes at home he always puts credit on them. He was tired and abused the PSOs who called police.

Charges:  Ch1 (invalid ticket), Ch2 (feet on seat), Ch3 (offensive behaviour)

Result: Diversion granted, all charges dismissed after 3 months

MD Lawyer asked client to write a letter of apology to the PSOs who then recommended him for Diversion. Magistrate accepted that client was tired and irritable, but would be more respectful in future.


 

 

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