Downing Centre Court gives our client a non-conviction sentence for charges of affray and resist/hinder police

Our client is a 24-year-old permanent resident who works full time as an operator in a supply company.

Police charged our client with affray and resist/hinder police.

Our client was arrested by Police after getting involved in a fight at a bus stop, which was instigated by the co-accused after he attacked our client’s cousin. Due to the fact that there were a number of people involved in the fight, the first Police on scene were unable to stop the fighting and it was not until further Police reinforcements arrived that all the fighting was ceased and arrests were made. Our client was granted bail with conditions.

He then called our CDLA office legal hotline and spoke with our expert criminal defence lawyer Bashir, who provided him with practical advice and guidance in a time our client was very anxious, as he was in Australia on a working visa and was hoping to become a permanent resident and eventually, a citizen of Australia.

Bashir El Kheir of our office developed a comprehensive case analysis and plan for the case moving forward. Documents and evidence were all prepared in the lead up to the court date at the Downing Centre Local Court.

Bashir prepared a bundle of evidence including an apology letter, character references and criminal history checks to maximise his client’s chances at getting the best possible outcome.

The evidence illustrated our client’s remorse for his actions, indicated the absence of any criminal record in Peru and Australia, and evidenced that the offence was an aberration from our client’s normal behaviour.

After having plead guilty to the offences, the Magistrate at the Downing Centre Court was convinced after hearing Bashir’s persuasive and compelling submissions on behalf of his client, to not record a criminal conviction against his client for both offences.

After several months of preparation, this exceptional outcome was achieved and our client can now look forward to applying to become a citizen of Australia without the implication of being convicted of these offences.



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