In a recent case in NSW, our Criminal Law team was called upon to represent a client in an assault matter.
In NSW, common assault carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment. Individuals are often charged with common assault when the police believe that person assaulted another person but did not cause an injury amounting to bodily harm or grievous bodily harm.
There are a range of options Courts have at their disposal for sentencing, which they apply after having taken consideration of not only the charge, but also the representations of the lawyer acting for the client.
Our Criminal Law team successfully argued for a suspended sentence and no fine, submitting that a good behaviour order was in the best interests of the community, rather than incarceration.
From our client:
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the fight you put on for me today, it was inspiring how much you didn’t want to give up.”