Solicitor: Andrew Hanlon
Court: Brisbane Magistrates Court
Date: August 2017
Maximum Penalty:3 years imprisonment
Our client was a 32 year old man who had been living and working in Canada for the past 3 years. During a trip home to Queensland for a friend’s wedding our client had committed a string of offences while in an extremely intoxicated state. The most serious of these offences involved striking a police officer.
In addition to being exposed to sentences of imprisonment in relation to the more serious charges, our client faced the prospect of not being able to return to his life in Canada if convictions were recorded against him.
In accordance with our advice, our client completed a period of counselling in relation to alcohol consumption prior to finalising his charges.
Mr Hanlon appeared on sentence and made submissions regarding our client’s remorse, efforts towards rehabilitation, the significant impact the charges had already had upon him and the considerable impact recorded convictions would have upon on his future.
Ultimately the court accepted Mr Hanlon’s submissions and sentenced our client to orders of probation and community service and did not record convictions for the offences.
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