Case Studies

People we have helped.

All names are changed, and some of the details of matters have been changed for privacy.

1Amy

Amy is a student who shoplifted some makeup items when she was feeling under pressure due to exams and trouble with relationships. It was the first time she had been committed a criminal offence. Amy was advised by a law firm she approached that they would represent her in court when she pleaded guilty. The cost was a few thousand dollars. Amy approached us and we advised that she could be eligible to be part of the court’s diversion programme, which diverts first time offenders away from the court system and they do not end up with a criminal record. We negotiated with the police informants for a diversion notice to be issued, and assisted Amy with the submission to the court. Amy was granted a diversion with a condition that she seek counselling.

 

2Bob

Bob had a drive while suspended charge. He advised that he was going to plead guilty, but he was anxious to avoid his licence being suspended again by the court. We spent an hour with Bob explaining the law to him and how he could self represent. We followed up with an email summarising our legal advice and the advice about how to self represent. Bob represented himself in court, was fined $400 and did not have his licence suspended.

 

3Dylan

Dylan had a minor property damage matter which had been adjourned several times due to Dylan being anxious and depressed and not knowing how to proceed with the matter. The last time it was adjourned the magistrate told Dylan that it would have to go ahead the next time regardless of whether Dylan had a lawyer or had sought legal advice. Dylan was not able to access the duty lawyers at court due to the minor nature of the matter. Dylan rang us in a panic the day before the matter was listed. We sent an email to the court asking for one last adjournment on the basis that Dylan was now seeking legal advice. The adjournment was granted, and we gave Dylan advice on the matter. We advised Dylan that he could represent himself, but he was too anxious to do so. We represented Dylan at the next court date. He received an undertaking to be of good behaviour with no conviction recorded.

 

4Emma

Emma contacted us because she was worried about a forthcoming traffic matter that was listed in the magistrates’ court. Emma had several priors for traffic matters for which she had received small fines and no conviction dispositions. However this matter was an excessive speed matter, and Emma was worried that her past traffic offences history might lead the court to record a conviction. Emma had experienced family violence from both her parents and a partner from when she was a teenager to fairly recently. But she had managed to get her life back together and was studying for a profession which required registration. In order to be registered, she would require to have no convictions recorded against her name. We attended court with Emma and explained her circumstances to the magistrate. Her licence loss was kept to the minimum mandatory period, and no conviction was recorded.