Our client is a 26-year-old father of two, who works as a manager for a large freight company in Australia. He was charged with one count of possess unauthorised pistol which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
Police executed a search warrant and entered our client’s home where he was asked of the whereabouts of the pistols as they had intel to suggest he was in possession of them. Our client immediately informed the police as to their location and made full admissions. He was consequently conveyed to the police station and charged accordingly.
Our client contacted CDLA 24/7 hotline in the lead up to the court date and worked with both our Principal lawyer Jimmy Singh and our Specialist Criminal Defence Lawyer Alex Istifan.
From the first consultation our Alex worked closely with our client to carefully prepare and collate the fundamental documents to secure him the best outcome possible given his wanted to plead guilty to the offence to be done with it.
On the day of court our lawyer Alex Istifan appeared for our client when he collected and handed up compelling evidence before making persuasive submissions to the Magistrate at the Fairfield Local Court. He highlighted all the special circumstances surrounding his clients’ case to convince the court not to impose a criminal record.
In the result, the Magistrate agreed to not convict our client, especially in circumstances he was using the imitation pistol in a documentary production film without a firearms licence, not knowing he needed a licence for it.
Our client was eventually sentenced by the court with a section 10 non conviction penalty. This was a fantastic result for a firearms offence of this nature which the courts ordinarily take extremely seriously.