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NSW Son Charged with Breaking and Entering, and Assault

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by michael2, 22 July 2015.

  1. michael2

    michael2 Member

    29 April 2015
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    My son has been charged with aggravated breaking and entering, and committed serious indictable offence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He states that the front door was ajar and that he entered. She says he entered through the closed back door. A taxi driver who delivered him to the address states that he entered through the front door. She claims the front door was locked.

    It was his ex-girlfriend and he had been living there approx a week or two prior. His belongings were still in there. He then went into the bedroom where she was naked in bed with another man. A fight broke out where the other man threw the first few punches and eye gorged my son. He has Legal Aid and they say that there is a high chance that he will go to jail.

    What is your thoughts?
  2. Do I need a Lawyer

    Do I need a Lawyer Well-Known Member

    21 January 2015
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    Hi Michael,

    If the door was ajar then the appropriate charge may be enter dwelling rather than break and enter. It is difficult to determine any penalty without further information, however the offences appear to be serious. Is your son pleading guilty or not guilty to the charges?

  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer
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    28 April 2014
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    Knowing only what you have told us, missing facts missing,
    and unstated ifs, buts, and variables not allowed for,
    I would wild-guess that the "circumstances of aggravation" here
    is probably that there were people present when he broke in.

    Chances of him being convicted? More than 50%.
    If he's convicted after pleading not guilty, then he will
    lose any discount that might have been available for an early guilty plea.

    That said, I'm not game to speculate on any possible penalty (prison or something else),
    because sentencing is a complex process, and there's too much I don't know about his history
    and the other factors that may be in play.
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