Case: Jail avoided for vigilante attack.
Our client was told by a third party about a serious allegation involving a sexual offence against a minor. He took it upon himself to find and assault the alleged perpetrator, smashing his car window and dragging him out out of the car assaulting him even more.
Charges/ Ch1 (intentionally cause injury); Ch2 (recklessly cause injury); Ch3, 5, 6, 7 (unlawful assault); Ch4 (criminal damage)
Result/ Ch1, 3, 5, 6, 7: withdrawn; Ch2, 4: Community Corrections Order without Conviction
Our lawyer argued that there were inconsistencies in the evidence provided by the complainant and that our client had no prior criminal history. We successfully negotiated with police to drop the most serious charges and all the assault charges. Despite the seriousness of the incident, our client made full admissions and was remorseful. The magistrate took this into account in not convicting him and placed him on a corrections order with a $2,500 fine.