Discover how one of our criminal defence lawyers represented a client in his sentencing hearing after charges of using carriage service to stalk/intimidate and failing to attend court on two occasions.
Allegations against client by ex-partner re using carriage service
DN was a 20 year old man, previously in a relationship with the victim, a 15 year old girl. They had a child resulting from the relationship. Police alleged that DN was violent and aggressive towards the victim during their relationship.
After their relationship ended, DN started harassing the victim by calling her, messaging her and making general threats via the phone. This included an allegation that he made threats to kill her and her family in the messages.
Client was convicted for assault on previous occasion
DN had a previous conviction 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. The prosecution secured convictions against DN for these charges. Following this, 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 young age of the victim,
- and his prior history of violent offences which resulted in imprisonment.
The judge also considered the defence’s submissions. We argued that DN had turned his life around. We supported this with a pre-sentence report and several character references from his employer and current partner of 18 months. Consequently, these submissions resulted in a more favourable outcome from the judge for DN.
If you’re facing charges with using a carriage service to stalk/intimidate, speak to our experienced criminal defence lawyers today. Call us on (02) 9261 4281 to book a free initial consultation.