The Charges: Use a Carriage Service to Access Child Pornography Material.
Under the Criminal Code Act 1995, the maximum penalty for this charge is 15 years imprisonment.
Court Attended: District Court of Queensland
Attendance Date: December 2017
Overview of Case:
Our client was charged with three (3) offences relating to the access of child pornography material online. These are indictable offences that must proceed in the District Court of Queensland whereby the Director of Public Prosecutions then become involved. After successful submissions by our expert legal team consisting of solicitors and barrister, the Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew one of the offences which in turn helped to reduce our client’s overall penalty.
At sentence, the Sentencing Judge was provided with extensive materials that we had previously advised our client to complete in order to assist him with receiving the best possible result. The maximum penalty for this offence is 15 years imprisonment. In the majority of cases, offenders charged with these offences can spend considerable time in custody with high head sentences of imprisonment. There was a high probability of our client spending at least 6 – 8 months in actual custody.
Outcome: After carefully constructed submissions by his legal team, our client was convicted to a head sentence of fifteen (15) months imprisonment that saw him released after serving only two (2) months in actual custody and released upon a bond. This was a near impossible and fantastic result that both our client and his family were thankful of.