Resist arrest, not obey direction, offensive language – no conviction recorded
Represented a client who was charged with offensive language, fail to obey police direction and resist arrest.
The matter was set down for hearing, however, as there were other matters in the list, we took the opportunity to spend the time negotiating charges with the police and the prosecutors.
We eventually negotiated the withdrawal of the resist arrest offence on the basis that the client pleaded guilty to the other charges.
The client was on a student visa and wished to escape without a conviction, particularly in relation to the resist arrest charge.
After having the more serious charge dropped, pleas of guilty were entered to the other charges.
Short and concise submissions were made to the Court and the Magistrate agreed to dismiss the matters pursuant to section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act, without a criminal conviction being recorded.