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July 2017 - Paul Vale Criminal Law

Case Exceptional Circumstances Bail Application for Drug Importation Matter Quick Facts Our client was charged with Importing a Commercial Quantity of Border Controlled Drug (Methylamphetamine) – (Section 307.1 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995) This was an Exceptional Circumstances bail application (Section 4(2) of the Bail Act 1977); read more about different presumptions of bail here Maximum […]

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Diversion

18 July 2017

What is Diversion?The Victorian Criminal Justice Diversion Program provides eligible offenders with a unique opportunity to take responsibility for their offending, benefit the community and avoid a criminal record. Eligibility To be considered for Diversion the following must occur: You must acknowledge responsibility for the offence; Your matter must not include a charge punishable by a fixed minimum sentence The […]

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Driving is a privilege that we sometimes take for granted. It is always the driver’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has a valid licence before starting the engine. Victoria has very stringent traffic laws and one of the easiest ways for an otherwise upstanding individual to end up in gaol is by repeatedly driving […]

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UpdateAs of May 2016, the Victorian county court have effectively legalised Uber services in Victoria. While the Victorian government has yet to regulate Uber’s ride sharing services, this definitely changes things for all Victorian Uber drivers. In light of the growing phenomenon and popularity of online mobile phone application linking passengers to private vehicle drivers, […]

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Case Murder Trial in Supreme Court Quick Facts Our client was charged with the murder of his partner’s daughter. Maximum sentence Life Imprisonment Our client received Our client was found not guilty and was acquitted of all charges; the main charge of murder and the alternative charge of manslaughter. He was released from custody upon these […]

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Case Indecent Assault Case in the Magistrates Court Quick Facts Our client was charged with indecent assault committed on his 14-year-old stepdaughter. Crimes Act 1958, s39(1): A person must not commit indecent assault. “Indecent” has its ordinary meaning in the English language. It is for the jury to decide whether the facts amount to indecency, however, there must […]

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Case Child Pornography Case in the Magistrates’ Court Quick Facts Our client was charged with possessing images and videos of child pornography. Police attended our client’s house and seized a number of computer storage devices. These items were examined and the police found thousands of images and movies depicting child pornography. Our client made full […]

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Dog Attack

14 July 2017

Case Dog Attack Quick Facts Our client was charged by her local council under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 for an attack committed by her dogs. Domestic Animals Act 1994, s29(4): If a dog that is not a dangerous dog or a restricted breed dog, attacks or bites any person or animal and causes a serious injury or death to […]

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Case Drug Related Offences and Breaching Bail Quick Facts Our client was charged with multiple drug-related offences and with breaching bail. While our client was on bail and completing a Community Correction Order from another offence, he was charged with multiple offences including trafficking and possessing a drug of dependence, methyl amphetamine – more commonly […]

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Case Murder trial in the Supreme Court – Subsequent Plea Quick Facts Our client was accused of murdering her daughter in law. After being found guilty of murder by a jury, she was subsequently sentenced. Maximum Sentencing for the charge of murderLife imprisonment What our client received18 years’ imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 13 years and […]

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