Read about how one of our criminal defence lawyers represented a client in his sentencing hearing after he was charged with using a carriage service to stalk/intimidate and failing to attend court on two occasions.
Allegations against client by ex-partner
DN was a 20 year old man who was previously in a relationship with the victim, a 15 year old girl. They had a child resulting from the relationship. It was alleged that DN was violent and aggressive towards the victim during their relationship. After their relationship ended, DN started harassing the victim by calling, messaging and making general threats via the phone. This included an allegation that he made threats to kill her and her family.
Client was convicted for assault on previous occasion
DN had been previously convicted for an assault after failing to appear at court on two occasions for this charge. On this occasion, DN was charged with using a carriage service to stalk/intimidate and failing to attend court on two occasions. Our experienced criminal defence lawyers represented DN in his sentencing hearing.
The sentencing judge took into consideration some aggravating factors including: the fact that the threat involved the threatened use of violence, the age of the victim, and his prior history of violent offences which had resulted in imprisonment. The judge also considered the defence’s submissions. It was argued that DN had turned his life around which was supported by a pre-sentence report and several character references from his employer and current partner of 18 months. These submissions resulted in a more favourable outcome for DN.
If you have been charged with using a carriage service to stalk/intimidate, speak to one of our experienced criminal defence lawyers today. Call us on (02) 9261 4281 to book a free initial consultation.