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Stevenson Legal appears for client charged with driving without authority. Unusual circumstances where client has had an inability to obtain a license due to identification issues are explained to the court. Minimum sentences are imposed.

September 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears for extraordinary driver’s licence application. Application is strongly opposed by the Department of Transport on the basis that client’s financial circumstances do not merit the application being granted. Stevenson legal persuades Magistrate to grant extraordinary drivers licence for client who is now back on the road operating his business.

September 2018

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Stevenson Legal represents client accused of assault occasioning bodily harm in circumstances of aggravation. Plea of not guilty on the basis of self defence is entered and proceeds to one day trial. Trial Magistrate agrees that self defence has been fairly raised and not negated beyond reasonable doubt by the prosecution. Client is found not guilty of the offence and is acquitted with an order that his legal costs be paid by the state. An excellent result.

September 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears for small business owner requiring an extraordinary drivers licence. Extraordinary drivers licence granted by the Perth magistrates Court.

September 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears for client with high range drink-driving charge. Disclosing the conviction would threaten client’s career and an application is made for a ‘spent conviction’. The Magistrate granted the spent conviction application, noting that while it was rare to receive spent conviction is in relation to drink-driving cases, the criteria had been met and evidenced.

August 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears in District Court of Western Australia in application to remove a life disqualification from driving. On the basis of materials and outline of submissions provided the application was not opposed by the State Solicitor’s office and the disqualification from driving for life was removed.

July 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears for client charged with 5th driving without authority charge. Magistrate indicated that the starting position for sentencing would be a term of imprisonment unless the Court could be convinced to impose a lesser sentence. Extensive Plea in Mitigation provided to the court which, having considered the same, imposed only a fine and disqualification from driving.

June 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears for applicant an Extraordinary Drivers Licence application. Client requires extraordinary drivers licence to continue working as a site manager for construction company. Department of Transport receive materials and submissions ahead of application and contentious issues are negotiated ahead of hearing. Accordingly, there is no opposition to clients application and the extraordinary drivers licence is granted.

June 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears on behalf of defendant charged with high range drink-driving.

Court is persuaded to impose the minimum sentence given that the offence was out of character, and in extenuating circumstances.

More significantly, an application is made for a spent conviction. Police prosecution strongly opposes the application (which relieves the client from having to disclose the offence to employers in the future). While noting the unusual nature of that application in relation to a drink driving convictions, the Magistrate is persuaded in the specific circumstances presented to grant that application.

Spent conviction order granted.

May 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears on behalf of client charged with two breaches of a violence restraining order. Significant evidence and materials provided to the court who proceeded by providing a spent conviction with respect to both charges, no fine, and no court costs. A better result could not be achieved in the circumstances.

April 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears for two extraordinary drivers licence applications at the Perth Magistrate’s Court. Correspondence and evidence provided to the Department of Transport prior to the application being heard with the result that the Department of Transport did not oppose either application and both applications were granted without the need for clients to provide evidence under oath.

April 2018

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Stevenson Legal represents client charged with possession of over 200 grams of cannabis with intent to sell or supply. Unusual circumstances are explained to the court which declines to impose a term of imprisonment and proceeds by way of fine.

Stevenson Legal represents a client charged with mid-level drink-driving. Minimum fines and disqualification period is imposed. Significantly, Stevenson Legal also persuades the court to grant a spent conviction (meaning that the conviction is not disclosable unusual police clearances) in order to avoid significant difficulties that the conviction would have caused to the clients future international travel plans.

March 2018

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Stevenson Legal appears representing a client charged with multiple breaches of a violence restraining order and bail conditions. Court is persuaded to not impose an immediate term of imprisonment and imposes a suspended term of imprisonment with no fine imposed.

Stevenson Legal appears for a client convicted of high ranged drink-driving. Court is persuaded to impose the minimum disqualification and fine. Significantly, the court is also persuaded to grant a spent conviction (meaning that the conviction is not disclosable on usual criminal records) in order to avoid any adverse impact to the clients career.

February 2018

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Stevenson Legal acts on behalf of client with repeated driving without authority charges. Situation explained to court who imposed the minimum penalties available.

Dec 2017

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Stevenson Legal acts on behalf of young offender charged with drink-driving in the context of a motor vehicle accident. Assisted in obtaining extraordinary driver’s license for family business.

Dec 2017

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Stevenson Legal acts on behalf of client charged with extreme high reading drink-driving charge. Extremely unique circumstances of the offence explained to court and a spent conviction in regards the drink-driving charge was ordered.

Dec 2017

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Stevenson Legal acts on behalf of small business owner seeking an extraordinary driver’s licence. Application granted and client able to drive for work purposes to continue earning an income notwithstanding disqualification from driving imposed by the court.

Nov 2017

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Stevenson Legal Acts for young offender facing drug charges and possession of unlawful property. Stevenson Legal negotiates with the prosecution resulting in 50% of charges been discontinued. Client obtained spent convictions for the remaining charges so they will not appear on a police clearance.

Nov 2017

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Stevenson Legal acts for applicant in violence restraining order application with extended history. Negotiated settlement by way of informal undertaking resulting in the matter being resolved without the time and expense of court proceedings.

Nov 2017

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Stevenson Legal appears on two applications for an Extraordinary Drivers Licence – both are granted.

11 April 2017

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Client charged with joint possession of 9 grams of methamphetamine and appears in District Court. Stevenson Legal proceeds to represent for sentencing purposes and client is sentenced to a suspended (not immediate) term of imprisonment. Extremely good result.

22 March 2017

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Client charged with speeding offence and elects to go to court. Stevenson Legal persuades prosecution to drop the case and client is awarded legal costs

20 March 2017

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Stevenson Legal conducts negotiations and submissions with regional police with respect to a breach of an EDL. Prosecution accepts submissions that breach is at the lower end of seriousness and no cancellation of licence is sought by the prosecution.

13 March 2017

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Client charged with aggravated assault occasionally bodily harm. Negotiations with police resulting charge being downgraded to common assault only. Further,  sentencing submissions that only a condition release order (ie a good behaviour bond) is appropriate punishment accepted by courts.

2 March 2017

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Client charged with very high drink driving charge. Stevenson Legal provides significant migratory evidence for sentencing proceedimgs.

28 February 2017

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Client charged with breaching terms of extraordinary drivers licence. Stevenson Legal appears and persuades court that, in the circumstances, a fine alone would be sufficient punishment and there is no requirement to cancel the extraordinary drivers licence.

14 February 2017

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Client charged with with assaulting a public officer as defined in the Criminal Code; application for spent conviction on the basis that a record may impact upon overseas business travel accepted and granted.

8 February 2017

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Client charged with aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm. Negotiations with police result in downgrading of charge to common assault only.

2 February 2017

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Stevenson Legal assists in obtaining extraordinary drivers licence in Magistrates Court for small business owner.

11 January 2017

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Client charged with driving without authority and drink driving causing an accident. Client already disqualified from driving for a drink driving incident earlier in 2016. Magistrates Court accepts that despite the previous history only the minimum penalties need to be imposed in all the circumstances of the case.

3 January 2017

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Stevenson Legal appears at two applications for an extraordinary drivers licence. Despite being opposed by the Department of Transport both applications are granted.

28 December 2016

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Mature aged client charged with causing fear or alarm to helicopter crew by pointing laser pointer at helicopter. Conviction threatens client’s overseas travel plans. Stevenson Legal persuades court to order a Spent Conviction Order to diminish the harm to future travel plans.

November 2016

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Client charged with driving without authority due to unpaid fines. Stevenson Legal approaches police and persuades them that the charge ought to be discontinued. Matter dismissed and legal costs ordered in client’s favour.

November 2016

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Client pleads guilty to a charge of domestic violence in circumstances of aggravation. Mitigating submissions are presented to the court as to why a term of imprisonment would be inappropriate. The court orders a supervision order and no term of imprisonment, suspended or otherwise.

November 2016

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Young client found with drug paraphernalia in his possession. The conviction threatened to adversely impact his future employment prospects. Stevenson Legal persuades the court to order a Spent Conviction Order so that the conviction does not need to be disclosed.

November 2016

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Company client answers charge of failing to provide driver details of vehicle travelling at 288 kph. Stevenson Legal provides advice and representation and mid-range fine imposed.

October 2016

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Stevenson Legal appears for sentencing in District Court for client with 9.8 grams of methamphetamine. Pre-Sentence Order made for court to consider imposing suspended rather than immediate term of imprisonment.

October 2016

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Client charged with 6th driving without authority matter. Court persuaded to impose fines only with no order of imprisonment.

October 2016

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Stevenson Legal appears for client seeking extraordinary drivers licence with third drinking driving conviction. Application granted and client able to drive for work purposes and protect his only source of income.

October 2016

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Client appears in Magistrate Court with third high rage drinking charge. Significant mental health issues raised in mitigation for the court. No life disqualification imposed.

October 2016

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Stevenson Legal represents accused with significant quantity of MDMA with intent to sell or supply. Jail avoided with 12 month term of imprisonment ordered but suspended for 12 months.

September 2016

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Accused caught with quantity of methlyamphetamine, MDMA and Cannabis. Negotiations see the major charge downgraded and the matter remains in the lower Magistrates Court.

September 2016

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Driver caught driving unauthorised for 6th time avoids term of imprisonment after Plea in Mitigation provided to the Court by Stevenson Legal.

September 2016

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Stevenson Legal assists driver with 4 x prior drink driving convictions obtain an extraordinary drivers licence.
September 2016
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Extraordinary drivers licence granted for tradesman after second excess 0.08% drink driving offence but otherwise good driving record.
September 2016
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Client charged with 3rd drink driving offence. Magistrate Court accepts mitigating factors to the benefit of client and imposes the minimum possible sentence.

12 April 2016

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Client charged with drink driving, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Stevenson Legal negotiates a dismissal of the charge of leaving the scene and obtains minimum sentences on the remaining two charges.

8 April 2016

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Client charged with aggravated domestic assault. Stevenson Legal negotiates dismissal of the charge with police prosecutions and obtains a costs order in favour of client

7 April 2016

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Stevenson Legal acts for client named as respondent in a Violence Restraining Order matter. Attendance at mention hearing leads to application being dismissed.

4 March 2016

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Stevenson Legal appears at Perth Magistrates Court for two different clients both applying for extraordinary drivers licences required to retain their employment. Both applications are granted.

2 March 2016

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Stevenson Legal obtains two clients extraordinary driver’s licenses at the Perth Magistrates Court.

06 Jan 2016

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Stevenson Legal acts for a client served with a violence restraining order from ex-partner. Matter dismissed.
17 Dec 2015
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Client charged with drink-driving and dangerous driving. Stevenson Legal assists with a plea in Mitigation made to the Magistrates Court. Moderate fines imposed.

 15 Dec 2015
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Stevenson Legal assists young woman obtain extraordinary driver’s licence after five losses of licence for driving without authority.
8 Dec 2015
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