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      No conviction for grievous bodily harm charges

      Our client is a 22-year-old law student from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

      He was out one night with four friends and walking down the ‘Corso’ at Manly. Police alleged that he and his friends began an altercation with another group of five men and that our client ‘king hit’ someone.

      The alleged victim suffered a fractured jaw and swelling to the face.

      Our client instructed us that he had reacted angrily, and his actions were out of character. He was concerned that his career in law would be jeopardised by a conviction.

      We provided our client with our specialised character reference and apology letter guides. We obtained references detailing that he was generally a person of good character and that a criminal conviction could affect his ability to practise as a lawyer.

      We also arranged for him to attend one of our experienced psychologists. A report was obtained for the sentencing proceedings which set out that he had undertaken anger management training and was better able to cope with his emotions.

      We argued forcefully at the sentencing proceedings that no conviction should be recorded.
      We emphasised the above matters and the Magistrate agreed with our submissions. No conviction was recorded.

      He was overjoyed and is now committed to completing his law degree.

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