Defence lawyers prepare for sentencing hearing
O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors represented JM in his sentencing hearing at Newtown Local Court in relation to contravening his AVO on 6 occasions. The defence assisted JM in preparing a letter to the Court, tendering several character references and a letter from his psychiatrist.
Client avoids prison sentence
The Magistrate accepted the submissions in relation to:
- the relatively low objective seriousness of the offences,
- JM’s remorse as shown by him pleading guilty at the earliest chance possible,
- and the fact that JM had already spent a period in custody.
The Magistrate also considered the circumstances surrounding the incidents including JM’s mental illness and substance use issues. As a result, he received several fines and good behaviour bonds and was able to avoid a term of imprisonment.
If you face charges of contravening an AVO, speak to O’Brien Criminal & Civil solicitors to get expert advice on your case. Call us on (02) 9261 4281.