Receiving over $1000 value charges. Client charged with receiving a Bentley Continental valued at $400,000 and a Porsche 911 GT3 valued at $250,000. He pleaded not guilty and elected trial by jury. Prior to the trial the Crown Prosecutor indicated they were not continuing with the case. I made an application for dismissal of the charges. Charges dismissed.
Drink driving charges. Client charged with driving with excess breath alcohol. Client was a professional driver who was looking at loosing if his employment if convicted. Client pleaded guilty to the charge. Following my advice he attended alcohol counselling, completed voluntary community work and a defensive driving course. Discharged without conviction.
Possession of methamphetamine for supply charge. Client was arrested by the police with 56grams (two ounces) of methamphetamine in his possession. The police became aware of the offending due to an interception device warrant (search warrant tapping his telephone). Client pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven months of home detention.
High Court appeal against setence. Client was sentenced to four years imprisonment without parole for a $1,000,000 aggravated robbery of a jewellery store. My client was part of a group of young men entered a shopping centre wearing disguises and gloves. They brandished hammers and one of them carried a large rock. They forced their way into the jewellery store by completely smashing a glass door. The owner of the store, three female staff members and three adult customers, one who had a baby with her were present. The men smashed the glass display cabinets and stole large quantities of gold jewellery. My client pleaded guilty and recevied a second strike warning under the three strikes legislation. This meant he must served the four year sentence in its entirety. It is noted that this was my client's third conviction for aggravated robbery. On appeal the High Court accepted that the sentence imposed was too high. The sentence was reduced to three years and three months. Appeal allowed.
High Court appeal against conviction. Client charged with breaching his release from imprisonment conditions by failing to report to his probation officer without a reasonable excuse. Client was severely injured and was on crutches. Probation were aware of this as they had seen him and were provided medical evidence. Client could not physically report to probation. He tried to call his probation officer twice but couldn't hold of him. District Court judge accepted my client's evidence he was severely injured and that he attempted to contact his probation officer, but found him guilty on the basis that he didn't send a text message. High Court judge agreed that failure to send a text message did not invalidate a reasonable excuse for failing to report. Appeal allowed conviction quashed.
Unlawfully taking a motor vehicle charge. Client charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle. His position is that he had the authority and right to use the car. After discussions with the Crown Prosecutor the charge was dropped. Charge dismissed.
Cultivation of cannabis and possession charges. The police located cannabis growing at my clients property. A total of 63 cannabis plants were seized along with grow lights and other equipment, half a kilogram of dried high quality cannabis head and 250 grams of dried lesser quality cannabis. My client was a recreational user who was growing his own cannabis. Expert evidence from immigration lawyer presented to Court. My client pleaded guilty and aplied for a discharge without conviciton due to international travel and immigration problems he would face with drug convictions. He completed over 200 hours of voluntary community work and seven months of weekly drug and alcohol counselling. Discharged without conviction.
Suffocation and assault with weapon charges. Client charged with two co-defendants. The allegation was that my client and another woman went to a friends house to remove an unwanted female who refused to leave the property. The Crown alleged my client went to the address armed with duct tape whilst her co-defendant was armed with a hammer. It was alleged the co-defendant struck the complainant with the hammer after she refused to leave. My client was alleged to have tried to place duct tape over the complainants mouth and hit her with a crowbar. My client denied the allegations. Her position is they went to the address and asked the complainant to leave the address. When she refused the co-defendant's physically removed her. The case proceeded to jury trial. The Crown dropped the charges. Charges dismissed.
Indecent act in a public place charge. Client charged after engaging in an indecent act on a public bus. The female victim noticed what he was doing and was horrified. Client pleaded guilty to the charge. He had suffered abuse as a young man and suffered from psychological problems as a result. Client was embarassed and remorseful for his actions. He faced dire consequences to his employment opportunities if convicted of the charge. Client engaged in psychological treatment, gave back to the community by completing voluntary community work and offered to pay emotional harm reparation to the victim. Discharge without conviction granted. Emotional harm reparation made.
Wounding charge. Client charged with wounding with intent to cause bodily harm and common assault. Charge amended down to wounding with intent to injure. The Crown alleged that he stabbed another male with a knife and assaulted him. My client's position was that he denied stabbing anyone and that he was attacked and was defending himself with his hands. The complainant had a strong motive to lie and there was a long history between the two men. There were numerous inconsistencies between the Crown witnesses about what occured. The Crown narrative of what happened and when were completely at odds with my client's narrative. After an aborted jury trial and ongoing discussions with the prosecutor he eventually agreed to drop the charges. Charges dismissed.
Indecent assault charge. Client charged after a passenger in his Uber made a police complaint that he indecently assaulted her. My client denied the charge and proceeded to jury trial. My client gave evidence at his trial and called defence witnesses. After a three day trial the jury returned a not guilty verdict. Acquitted.
Drink driving charges. Client charged with drinking and driving and dangerous driving after loosing control of a truck he was driving. Luckily no one was injured as a result of the accident. Professional with no previous convictions. Guilty pleas entered. Client voluntarily completed drug and alcohol counselling, community work and made a donation to charity. Fined $800 and disqualified from driving for six months. Limited licence subsequently granted.
Fraud charges. Client charged with defrauding their employer by stealing money, dishonestly using documents and altering documents in order to hide the fraudulent transactions. My client accepted responisiblity for their offending and pleaded guilty to all charges. My client completed a large amount of voluntary community work, completed drug and alcohol counselling and attended psychological treatment. Reparation for the stolen money was repaid to the victim. Discharged without conviction on all charges. Permanant name suppression granted.
Unlawfully taking motor vehicle and dangerous driving charges. Noted in the media as the "sleeping baby carjacking" case. Client saw a woman drive into a petrol station forecourt and leave her car keys in the ignition after exiting the car. He had no transportation and saw an opportunity. He got into the car and drove off. A five week old baby girl was asleep in the right rear passenger seat. The police noticed the car and activated their flashing lights and siren to pull him over. My client failed to stop for the police and travelled too fast around a corner and lost control. The car mounted a footpath on the right hand side of the road and collided with a rock retaining wall before veering back across the road and colliding with a parked car. He continued to travel out of control crashing over the retaining wall. The car dropped off a one metre bank and then got stuck on the corner post. He then ran away. No injuries were caused to the baby or anyone else. Client was identified by CCTV and DNA. His position was he had no idea the baby was in the car. He co-operated with police and was horrified when they told him a baby was in the car. Police accepted his explanation that he did not know she was in the car. Guilty pleas entered. My client was remorseful, he had a very difficult past and had served 113 sentences of imprisonment. Client spent time in custody before sentencing. He offered to pay $1000 emotional harm reparation to the victim. Sentenced to six months home detention and ordered to pay $1000 reparation.
Injuring with reckless disregard charge. My client was on a night out with two friends in Central Auckland when they ran into trouble. Their paths crossed with another male and words were exchanged. This esculated into an argument between his two friends and the male. A fight broke out and the complaiaint received facial injuries. All three charged under party liability rule. The police alleged the two co-defendant's assaulted the complainant and my client participated in the fight by picking up the complainant after he was beaten to the ground and encouraged the assault to continue. My client denied encouraging the assualt and denied touching the complainant. His position was that he tried to stop the fight happeneing and then tried to stop it. Diversion sought and refused. After a thorough review of the evidence I entered into case management discussions with the prosecutor arguing that the charge should be dropped. The prosecutor agreed. Charge dismissed under s147 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011. Charge against co-defendant also dismissed.
Aggravated robbery charge. Client charged with aggravated robbery after he was identified by CCTV footage in the arly hours of the morning at the scence of an aggravted robbery. The victim won the jackpot on the pokies at a central suburb bar. The bar closed for the evening and on his way home he was attacked and robbed by two men who stole his winnings. One of these men were identified and pleaded guilty. The other was not identified. My client had been at the bar and had agreed to give the two other men a lift home. He did not know them and only met them that evening. The Crown alleged that my client was part of the robbery and assisted the others by being present and then driving. His position was that he had no idea the men were going to rob anyone. He was shocked at what he saw and did not participate in the robbery. The men got into his car and demanded he drive away. After seeing what they were capable of he reluctantly agreed. He then made the men get out of his car a short distance away. The matter proceeded to jury trial. Client was found not guilty - acquited.
Possession of MDMA for supply charge. Client charged after his wife located MDMA (ecstasy) in his bag whilst looking for car keys. She thought the drugs were methampatime, confiscated the drugs and got the police involved. He made admissions to the police he had the drugs for the purpose of selling to others. Client had no previous convictions and his employment was in jeopardy. Following my advice he completed drug and alcohol counselling and completed voluntary community service. He pleaded guilty and applied for a discharge without conviction - granted. No conviction entered.
Assault and wilful damage charges. Client was involved in a domestic dispute involving their ex-partner. A heated argument ensued resulting in violence by both sides. My client suffered injuries and was charged. Convictions were entered on both offences while represented by another lawyer. The convictions had a devastating impact on her career. Appeal agaisnt conviction and sentence. Appeal allowed - discharge without conviction entered. Criminal record deleted.
Aggravated robbery charges. Client was part of a group of young men who robbed a jewellery stole. Over $1 million worth of jewellery was stolen. My client was refused electronically monitored bail in the District Court. He appealed to the High Court seeking electronically monitored bail. The appeal was allowed - electronically monitored bail subsequently granted.
Cannabis charges. Client charged with posession of cannabis and possession of equipment with intent to cultivate cannabis after police discovered evidence of this at his property. My client was a professional who had no previous convictions. A criminal conviction would result in the end of his employment and future career prospects. I wrote to the police and sought diversion. Diversion granted - charges dismissed.
Aggravated robbery charge. Client robbed a liquor store with a metal pole, shirtless with a shirt wrapped around his face. He had one associate with him. He was caught red handed as the police dog tracked him to a house directly across the street from the liquor store where he was located still shirtless with the stolen alcohol and metal pole nearby. Client also faced a separate raft of charges: aggravated assault, assault on a person in a family relationship, possession of an offensive weapon, intimidation, unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle x2 and breach of community work x2. Despite this I managed to get my client electronically monitored bail. He removed his tracking bracelet and absconded from his bail address. This resulted in him being remanded in custody. In the end and after spending time in jail he was sentenced to six months home detention.
Dishonesty and other charges. Client faced a long list of charges and had an extensive criminal conviction history. Resolution reached with prosecution on a number of separate sets of offending, charges dropped. Guilty pleas to charges of unlawful possession of firearm, burglary, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, unlawfully gets into motor vehicle, breach of release conditions and dangerous driving. Numerous breaches of bail and one breach of electronically monitored bail. Client battling a methamphetamine addiction. Client sentenced to 10 months home detention and disqualification from driving for six months.
Burglary charge. Client charged with breaking into a sports club and stealing alcohol with another person. The Crown witness blamed my client and the co-defendant for committing the burglary. My client's finger print was found on a balcony railing at the sports club. Co-defendant pleaded guilty. My client's position was that it was the witness and co-defendant who committed the burglary not him. He accepted going to the sports club earlier in the evening, but when the other two wanted to break in and steal my client told them no and the three of them left. Alibi witness called for the defence that my client was with him at the time of the burglary. Alibi witness gave evidence that he heard the two offenders talking about returning to the sports club to break in and steal alcohol. His evidence was that my client told them not to do it and the two offenders left. The two offenders returned with stolen alcohol. Jury found my client not guilty. Acquitted.
Strangulation charge. Client charged with strangling a woman he was in an relationship with. Client denied the offending. His position was that the complainant became hysterical and lunged towards him so he pushed her away to protect himself. The case proceeded to a jury trial. The jury found my client not guilty. Acquitted.
Strangulation and assault on family member charges. Client charged with strangling his wife and assaulting her. Client denied the offending. After discussions the Crown prosecutor decided to drop the charges. The charges were subsequently dropped.
Burglary charge. Client charged with breaking a glass panel on a door with his nose and entering a house. The police case was that he went into the house to steal. Client in fact went into a bed and went to sleep. Nothing was taken. The police downgraded the charge to being unlawfully in a building. My client was mentally unwell at the time and was admitted to the hospital a short time after this incident. His position was he used to live in the house and was visiting his friends who he thought still lived there. The police refused to drop the charge. The matter proceeded to judge alone trial. My client was found not guilty and the charge was dismissed. Four charges of failing to answer District Court bail were also dismissed.
Drink driving charge. Client operated a mobile business where public transport was not available during his work hours. Limited licence application granted to him client to continue his work.
Breach of protection order x2 charges. Client was charged after being served with a protection order. He did not speak English and the protection order was not explained to him in his native language. He did not understand what the protection order said or how it worked. He pleaded not guilty and was proceeding to a jury trial. Prior to trial and after on going discussions the Crown prosecutor offered no evidence to the charges. Charges dismissed.
Drink driving charge. My client could not operate his business if he was disqualified from driving. Limited licence application granted to allow him to continue his work.
Breach of protection order x2, indecent assault x2, male assaults female and threatening behaviour charges. Jury Trial. Client charged with breaching a protection order, sexually abusing his partner, assaulting her and threatening to rape her. Client denied the offending and gave evidence in his defence. The jury found him not guilty of all charges. Acquitted.
Indecent act in a public place charge. Client was charged with masturbating in the toy isle of a department store. He strongly denied any wrong doing. After obtaining CCTV footage and slowing the frame rate down I met with the prosecutor. He agreed to offer no evidence to the charge. Charge dismissed.
Theft, breach of release conditions, breach of community work and failing to answer District Court bail charges. Client had an extensive criminal history and had spent a large part of his life in prison . He had a difficult background and suffered from foetal alcohol syndrome. Client entered guilty pleas and was released on bail. A psychological report was ordered to enable the Court to understand what help could be given to him.
Aggravated assaults police charge. Client and group of other young women charged with assaulting a police officer by repeatedly punching and kicking him during an incident. After extended discussions with the Crown Prosecutor my client and her co-defendant's were all offered police diversion.
Application to vary prison release conditions. Client faced multiple breaches of his prison release conditions for having cannabis found in his system after drug testing by his probation officer. Due to the number of breaches he was looking at being sent back to prison. Client is a recreational cannabis user and was open about this with his probation officer. He was completing all of his programmes as directed and not reoffending. His original offending was due to methamphetamine addiction and alcohol use, which he continued to abstain from. Application granted - release conditions prohibiting use of all illegal drugs amended to prohibition of methamphetamine use only.
Burglary, threatening to kill and assault with intent to injure charges. Jury trial. Client charged with unlawfully entering his ex-partner's house with the intention of assaulting her. The allegation was that he threw her on the ground then restricted her breathing by covering her mouth and nose and holding her neck. Whilst doing this it was alleged he threatened to kill her. Then used her own hand to hit herself, punched her multiple times in the face then kneed her in the ribs. My client strongly denied all of the allegations. The defence advanced was that the complainant had fabricated the allegations against him out of anger. My client gave evidence in his defence. The jury found my client not guilty of all charges. Acquitted.
Cannabis charges. Client originally wrongly charged with possession of cannabis for supply. He also faced possession of a pipe for consuming cannabis. Client is a medicinal cannabis user and film director. Negotiation with Crown prosecutor to have possession for supply charge downgraded to simple possession. Guilty pleas to possession of cannabis and pipe. Discharged without conviction on both charges.
Aggravated assault and dishonesty charges. Client faced 11 charges and had a lengthy criminal conviction history with numerous sentences of imprisonment. Client had a serious problem with methamphetamine and other drugs. Successful admission into the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court (AODTC) where residential rehabilitation was imposed instead of imprisonment.
Wilful damage charge. Professional client attended his work Christmas party and consumed an excessive amount of alcohol. Afterwards he saw a parked police car and decided to jump on the roof and kick it. He then lay on the bonnet kicking the windscreen. Diversion initially declined. I successfully sought reconsideration of that decision. After completing various tasks diversion was granted. Charge dismissed.
Robbery charge. Client charged with committing a robbery at a McDonalds drive through by threatening to shoot staff members if they did not give him free food. I negotiated to have the charge downgraded to demanding with menace. Client pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 12 months intensive supervision and ordered to pay reparation for the stolen food.
Careless driving charge. Client fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a fence. He was convicted in his absence and in the absence of his prior lawyer. Client risked loosing his employment if conviction remained. I filed a rehearing application and sought a discharge without conviction. Rehearing granted. Subsequently discharged without conviction.
Burglary charge. Client charged with unlawfully entering his neighbour's house in the early hours of the morning with the intention of committing an indecent act on a 14 year old girl. My client categorically denied the allegation. The matter proceeded to jury trial where the complainant and her older sisters credible was challenged. My client gave evidence in his defence. The jury found my client not guilty. Acquitted.
Obtaining by deception x2 charges. Client charged with purchasing items from Trademe with a stolen credit card. Client denied the offending. She told the police it wasn't here and named the person who had used her computer and Trademe account. The police did not believe her. She pleaded not guilty and proceeded to jury trial. On the day of the trial the Crown prosecutor offered no evidence. Charges dismissed.
Accessing a computer for a dishonest purpose x12 and dishonestly using a document x12. Client charged with stealing $85,000 from her employer by creating fake supplier invoices with her bank account on them. She then processed the fake invoices through the company payroll system. I negotiated with the Crown prosecutor to have the charges reduced to two representative charges instead of 24 charges. My client pleaded guilty, paid $20,000 in reparation and offered to pay the rest off in installments which was ordered. She was sentenced to six months home detention.
Wounding with intent injure charge. Client charged with starting a fight on Queen Street, Central Auckland with another male. Punches were thrown and the scuffle ceased. The verbal argument continued. My client approached the other man who was standing passively with his hands at his side and punched him with considerable force. He fell to the ground and hit his head on the concrete and briefly lost consciousness. He suffered bruising to the back of his head, a facial laceration requiring stitches and a fractured left eye socket. My client pleaded guilty. The Judge described his punch as a king hit that was utterly stupid. He was sentenced to eight months home detention after completing rehabilitation and securing full time employment.
Aggravated robbery and theft charges. Client aged 18 years old charged with stealing two bottles of alcohol from a liquor stole. Two hours later he and three associates were charged with committing an aggravated robbery at a diary on the same block of shops as the liquor stole. They presented large knives at the shop keeper and demanded money and tobacco. The shop keeper surrendered, opened the tills and cowered in a corner out of their way. As they were leaving the store one of the offenders leaned over the counter to where the shop keeper was cowering and tried to slash him with a knife. This narrowly missed his neck. My client pleaded guilty, had no previous and completed extensive rehabilitation. He was sentenced to 12 months home detention.
Possession of an offensive weapon, threatening to kill, assault with a weapon, common assault, theft and wilful damage charges. Client and a co-defendant (both females) charged with approaching a woman and man with machetes and threatened to slit the woman's throat. My client then allegedly chased after the man trying to cut him with her machete, narrowly missing him. She then punched him in the face multiple times, stole items from a car then hit the car with the machete causing a dent. Client disputed these allegations and pleaded not guilty and elected trial by jury. A resolution was reached with the Crown prosecutor, my client pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, common assault and wilful damage. This was on the basis she possessed the machete and used it in an threatening manner, punched the male victim and hit the boot of the car with the machete. The other charges were dropped. Client was sentenced to six months home detention.
Possession of methamphetamine and possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine charges. Police conducted a search of a vehicle my client was in and searched the occupants. Methamphetamine and a glass pipe was located in my client's bag. I challenged the legality of the search. The Court accepted that the search was unlawful and ruled the evidence inadmissible. The charges were dismissed.
Male assaults female charge. Client charged with grabbing hold of his wife's throat and pushing her to the ground. During the incident her ankle was broken. Client denied grabbing his wife by the throat. His position was that she attacked him by punching him in the face multiple times, kicking him and trying to squeeze his testicles. As a result he restrained her to defend himself. Jury found my client not guilty. Acquitted.
Robbery charge. Proceeded to jury trial. Client denied the offending. On the day of the trial the Crown prosecutor offered no evidence to the charge. The charge was dismissed.
Possession of methamphetamine and possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine. On the day of the trial the police dropped the charge accepting there was a major flaw with the warrantless search of my client's vehicle. Charges dismissed.
Driving with excess breath alcohol charge. Proceeded to Judge alone trial. The police had failed to disclose material evidence prior to the trial. When they attempted to produce this evidence as an exhibit I objected. The Judge ruled in my clients favour. I made an application to dismiss the charge. Charge dismissed.
Receiving stolen property valued at over $1000 charge. Client charged with receiving a stolen watch. His friend was selling the watch at a pawn shop in its original box with its manual. He did not have identification so my client used his identification and signed to complete the transaction. Client believed the watch belonged to his friend and was not stolen. Crown case was defendant was in the store alone and the story about his friend was a lie. Jury found my client not guilty. Acquitted.
Driving with excess breath alcohol third or subsequent and driving whilst disqualified charges. Client charged after almost causing a collision after turning in front of another vehicle. He was subsequently found to have a breath alcohol level of over 1000 mg/L of breath and was driving whilst disqualified. This was his fifth drink driving charge. Client pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months community detention, supervision, 150 hours of community work and disqualified from driving for 18 months.
Unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle charge. Client aged 17 with no previous convictions, got into a car his friend was driving. He believed that the car belonged to his friend's family and that he had the right to be in it. Police and Crown refused to give my client diversion or drop the charges. Proceeded to a one day jury trial. Client found not guilty. Acquitted.
Common assault charge. Client was attacked by his ex-partner and defended himself. They were both charged with assaulting each other. She pleaded guilty to assaulting him. Client proceeded to a judge alone trial. On the day of the trial the police accepted he was defending himself and offered no evidence to the charge. Charge dismissed.
Threatening behaviour charge. On going feud between my client and his next door neighbour. Client denied allegation stating he didn't have any interaction with his neighbour or even see her on the day in question. On the day of the judge alone trial the police offered no evidence to the charge. Charge dismissed.
Assault with a weapon and male assaults female charges. Client assaulted his wife by hitting her multiple times with a belt. I negotiated with the police for the assault with weapon charge to be dropped. Guilty plea to male assaults female. Client completed anger management counselling. Out of the ordinary immigration consequences to both my client and his wife if he was convicted. Client was discharged without conviction.
Male assaults female and possession of a methamphetamine pipe charges. Client had an extensive history of violence convictions. Resolution reached with the police to have the male assaults female downgraded to common assault and possession of a pipe charge dropped. Client pleaded guilty to common assault and subsequently avoided imprisonment. Community based sentence imposed.
Injuring with reckless disregard charge. Jury trial. Client charged with injuring a female by hitting her in the head with a broom. Client denied the charge on basis of self defence and that he was not reckless. The jury found my client not guilty. Acquitted.
Supplying a Class B drug charge. Client charged after supplying a Class B drug to another person. I negotiated with the police to have the charge amended down to a Medicines Act offence and obtained Police Diversion for my client. Client completed diversion. Charge dismissed.
Assault with a weapon charge. Client charged with threatening to stab a man with a knife by raising a blade towards him and asking him to go outside. Allegation denied. Police amended charge down to threatening behaviour. This was also denied. After months of negotiation the Police agreed to drop the charge entirely. Charge dismissed.
Assault with intent to injure and possession of an offensive weapon charges. Jury trial. Client charged with trying to stab her ex-partner with a knife. Client's position was that on the day in question he had been threatening her with knives in his possession and abusing her. She had suffered months of ongoing assaults and threats from him. She picked up a knife to protect herself and her daughter. She denied trying to stab the complaint. Client was found not guilty by the jury on both charges. Acquitted.
Possession of an offensive weapon charge. Client charged with jumping onto her ex-partner while he was asleep in bed and holding a knife to him. She was alleged to have then demanded money from him. Client denied all of these allegations. Prior to her jury trial the Crown offered no evidence. The charge was dismissed.
Parole Board hearing. Client had been sentenced to five years eight months imprisonment for possessing a significant quantity of methamphetamine for supply. I became involved in the case when the client was approaching his first Parole Board hearing after serving one third of his sentence. I submitted to the Board that my client was merely a mule who had made a regrettable decision. He was now rehabilitated and no longer an undue risk to society. Client was granted parole.
Common assault charge. Client charged with two others of assaulting another man in the street. The police alleged that the group assaulted the other man and continued to assault him while he was on the ground. Client accepted throwing one punch to defend his friend, he denied doing anything else. Summary of facts amended to state this. Two co-defendants were convicted. My client pleaded guilty and was discharged with out conviction.
Threatening to kill charge. Client charged after sending his wife a text message threatening to kill her during an argument. Client was highly intoxicated at the time and was deeply ashamed of his behaviour. Guilty plea entered. There were serious consequences to his immigration status and employment opportunities if convicted. Discharged without conviction.
Burglary and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle charges. Jury trial. Client was charged with unlawfully entering a workshop area of a building he was living in and taking a motor vehicle. Burglary charged dismissed on morning of trial. Client denied the unlawfully taking charge on the basis he believe he had authority and the right to use the vehicle. Jury found my client not guilty. Acquitted.
Male assaults female charge. Jury trial. Client charged with grabbing the complainant by her hair and pushing her head into a bench causing a bleeding gash and swelling above her eye. Client denied assaulting her, he did not know how she sustained her injuries. Jury found my client not guilty after deliberating for three minutes. Acquitted.
Assaults police with intent to obstruct charge. Police attend an 18 year old's birthday party due to noise and disorder. Bottles and abuse are hurled at them. Client charged after throwing a bottle at a constable and narrowly missing him. He then swore at the officer saying F*** the police. He was arrested. Charge amended to disorderly behaviour. Client sentenced to come up for sentence if called upon (suspended sentence).
Reckless ill treatment of an animal charge. SPCA prosecution. Client was convicted at a Judge alone trial of neglecting a dog by failing to feed and care for him. He was sentenced to four months imprisonment. He maintained his innocence. Appeal allowed on the basis that a miscarriage of justice had occurred. Conviction quashed. No re-trial ordered.
Dangerous driving charge. Police alleged that my client was speeding and driving without his lights off. I raised with the Police Prosecutor that there was insufficient evidence to prove the charge. Police offered no evidence on the charge. Charge dismissed.
Injuring with reckless disregard and intentional damage charges. Client charged with throwing a large rock through a window causing injury to a young child. Client denied the charges - it wasn't him. Prior to the jury trial I raised with the Court the serious deficiencies with the evidence. After several Court appearances the Crown offered no evidence on both charges. Charges dismissed.
Assaults and resists police charges. Client charged after the police went to his address to arrest someone with the same name as him. Client told the police they had the wrong person, they did not believe him. The police entered his home to arrest him. A struggle ensued, during which my client threatened to smash the Constable. Client pleaded not guilty to both charges. I successfully persuaded the police to withdraw both charges at the case review hearing.
Injuring with intent to injure and wilful damage charges. Young sportsman involved in an altercation in early hours of the morning in Central Auckland. During the altercation he punched the victim in the face and then kicked him once in the head whilst on the ground. He then caused damage to his property. Fortunately no serious injuries were caused. I successfully persuaded the police to reconsider offering my client Police Diversion. Diversion was completed. Charges were dismissed.
Assault with intent to injure charge. Client and his wife begun arguing whilst in their car in a public place. My client lost his temper and assaulted his wife. The police alleged that my client punched his wife in the face four times based on what a witness said he saw. My client denied punching his wife. I negotiated with the police prosecutor and had the summary of facts amended to state that he slapped his wife four times in the face with an open hand. The charge was lowered to male assaults female. My client pleaded guilty and was discharged without conviction.
Charges of cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis for supply and supplying cannabis. Client charged with cultivating 26 plants. Police located dry cannabis ready to be sold at his address. Police obtained text message evidence of over 25 cannabis sales. Client entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to home detention for 9 months and 100 hours of community work.
Cultivation of cannabis charge. Client charged with cultivating over 100 cannabis plants. I challenged the lawfulness of the search. The issue related to the search warrant application which contained infra-red photographs of my client's address taken from the police helicopter. In order to obtain a search warrant, the police stated that these photographs showed heat anomalies consistent with cannabis growing (which the photographs did not show). Eventually the police agreed there was a serious problem with the search warrant application. The police offered no evidence and the charge was dismissed.
Dangerous driving charge. Client charged with driving his motorcycle dangerously by driving on the outside lane of the motorway. Police alleged he was swerving dangerously and driving at speed. I obtained the motorway CCTV footage. I persuaded the Police that the driving was not dangerous. The police withdrew the charge on the day of the trial.
Assault with a weapon and male assault female charges. My client was charged after a domestic incident. It was alleged that he assaulted his partner in the head with a weapon and punched her numerous times in the face. This was strongly denied. The Crown prosecutor offered no evidence to the charge prior to trial. My client was acquitted of both charges.
Drink driving third or subsequent charge. Client charged with third drink driving offence within five years after being pulled over due to the manner of his driving. After receiving my advice he entered an early guilty plea and sought alcohol counselling. He was sentenced to six months supervision, 80 hours of community work and the mandatory indefinite disqualification.
Male assaults female charge. Client charged with punching his wife in the face during an argument. My client strongly denied this allegation. After meeting with the prosecutor the police agreed to withdraw the charge at the Case Review Hearing.
Client facing two charges of theft of property valued at over $1000. My young client stole numerous items from his flatmate including a diamond ring valued at $10,000 and stole another person’s bicycle. My client was facing loss of employment and serious problems with obtaining future employment if convicted. All stolen items were returned to the victims after a reward was offered and the police became involved. My client attended a restorative justice conference where he apologised for his offending and attended 50 hours of voluntary community work. The Judge ordered that my client pay emotional harm reparation of $250 to his former flatmate and discharged him without conviction on both charges.
Careless driving charge. Client charged after causing a collision by pulling out in front of another vehicle. I obtained police diversion for my client. Charge was dismissed after diversion tasks were completed.
Burglary charge. Client facing burglary charge of a residential dwelling. Client denied the offending. There were significant time delays in the proceeding, mainly due to the police seeking adjournments of the trial. I filed a stay of proceedings application for the charge to stayed (dismissed) due to undue delay and breaches of fair trial rights if the trial was to proceed. Stay of proceedings granted. Charge dismissed.
Unlawfully taking a motor vehicle charge. Client charged after being found in a stolen vehicle. I made an application for dismissal of the charge on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to prove the charge. The charge was dismissed.
Common Assault charge. Client originally faced a charge of male assaults female against his wife. I negotiated with the police to have the charge lowered to common assault and the summary of facts amended. Client completed an anger management course. I argued that a conviction would have a major effect on the client’s employment prospects and mental health. Discharged without conviction.
Driving with excess breath alcohol charge. My client was pulled over by the police but was not breath tested, instead the police arrested him for driving whilst incapable. No doctor was ever called to examine him and the police laid a charge of drink driving. I met with the prosecutor and explained that the constable had failed to follow the proper procedure by arresting my client. The prosecutor agreed to withdraw the charge.
Charge of male assaults female. Client involved in a domestic incident with his wife. After I made a written application for police diversion, the police agreed to offer my client diversion. Diversion was completed and the charge was dismissed. Permanent name suppression was granted.
Charges of injuring with intent to injure, possession of an offensive weapon, wilful damage and separate cannabis and disorderly behaviour charges. Client involved in a serious domestic incident with his partner. This involved kicks to her head whilst she was on the ground. Client sentenced to home detention.
Possession of methamphetamine and utensil charges. Police stopped client’s vehicle and searched vehicle pursuant to the Search and Surveillance Act 2012. Drugs and utensils located. I argued the search was unlawful and breached the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. After discussions with the Prosecutor both charges were withdrawn.
Driving whilst disqualified third or subsequent charge. The Police were seeking confiscation of my client’s motor vehicle. After discussing the case with the Prosecutor the charge was amended to driving whilst disqualified. Client entered a guilty plea to the amended charge. I made a successful application under s94 of the Land Transport Act 1998 - no disqualification from driving was imposed. I advanced a successful hardship argument resulting in no confiscation of vehicle. Client sentenced to 150 hours of community work.
Common assault charges. Client faced two charges of common assault involving two bouncers outside a night club. After I wrote to the Police, my client received Police Diversion in relation to both charges. No convictions entered.
Male assaults female charge. Client pleaded guilty to assaulting his younger sister during an argument. She suffered a bleeding nose. If convicted he faced a real likelihood of losing his long term employment. Discharged without conviction.
Theft over $1000 charge. Client charged with stealing property valued at over $1000. I made a written application to the Police seeking Police Diversion. The Police formally offered Diversion which was successfully completed. The charge was dismissed – no conviction entered.
Drink driving 3rd or subsequent charge. Client drinking and driving at well over the limit. Client entered a guilty plea and was fined $1000 and given the mandatory disqualification of 12 months.
Male assaults female charge. Allegation of domestic violence between husband and wife. My client denied the offending took ever place. On the day on the Judge alone trial the Police offered no evidence to support the charge. Charge dismissed.
Assault with intent to injure charge. Client charged with assaulting his partner by striking her and pulling her hair. The charge was amended to male assaults female and a guilty plea was entered. My client wished to join the New Zealand Army but faced a three year stand down period if he was convicted. Even after the three year period he still may have faced difficulties. Client was discharged without conviction.
Burglary charge. Allegation that client broke into a house and stole $24,000 worth of property. He was aged 16 at the time. The client’s finger prints were located at the scene and linked to him when he was aged 17. No further evidence was discovered. The Police waited almost five years to lay charges. I successfully argued that the prosecution was an abuse of process due to breaching the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Children Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989. The charge was dismissed.
Male assaults female charge. Client charged with assaulting his partner during an argument outside a bar. She began damaging their vehicle and a struggle ensued. My client was defending the charge on basis that he was protecting his property from damage. On the day of the trial as a resolution to the matter, Police Diversion was negotiated and successfully granted on the spot.
Indecent assault and wilful damage charges. The client denied the sexual offending on the basis that it did not happen. Both my client and complainant had mental health problems. After discussions with the Prosecutor, the Police did not proceed with the prosecution. The indecent assault charge was dismissed. My client received Police Diversion on the wilful damage charge.
Client charged with drink driving for a third or subsequent time. Client was stopped at a Police Check point and failed the breath screening test. A blood sample was subsequently taken and gave a reading of 171 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. The client had driven a short distance for the purpose of moving his car to a safe place for the evening. I successfully argued that there were special reasons relating to the offence under s81 of the Land Transport Act. No disqualification was ordered. 100 hours of community work imposed.
Assault with weapon charge. Successful appeal to High Court against refusal to grant bail. At trial found guilty of threatening behaviour (max penalty 3 months). Client was sentenced to supervision and community work.
Possession of an offensive weapon charge. Client charged with possessing a samurai sword in a public place whilst making threats. The charge was dismissed due to the Police being unable to offer evidence to support the charge.
Driving with excess breath alcohol third or subsequent charge. Client facing his fifth charge of drink driving. The client entered a guilty plea to the charge. He was at a real risk of imprisonment due to blowing over double the limit and his previous drink driving convictions. I managed to persuade the sentencing Judge against sending the client to jail. Sentence of community detention and intensive supervision imposed with mandatory indefinite disqualification.
Using a forged document charge. The Police charged my client as a result of him being in possession of a fake ID. At the time of the offending he was aged 16 years old. When charged by the Police after the offending he was aged 17 years old. Instead of charging him in the Youth Court the Police charged him as an adult in the District Court. When the client was aged 18 the Police tried to lay a charge against him in the Youth Court. I argued that the Prosecution was an abuse of process and the Youth Court had no jurisdiction to hear the charge. The charge was dismissed.
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