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Criminal and Traffic Lawyers for Downing Centre Local Court

PHONE: 1300 679 272

FAX: 9267 2963

EMAIL: dclc@justice.nsw.gov.au

ADDRESS:
Level 4 Downing Centre
143-147 Liverpool Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

POSTAL ADDRESS:
PO Box A4
Sydney South 1235

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Sydney Criminal Lawyers® is located across the road from Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court.

Our firm represents clients in the Downing Centre every day and our lawyers are highly respected by the magistrates, judges and prosecutors in this busy courthouse.

We have an in-depth knowledge of the Downing Centre and a proven track record of obtaining outstanding results – many of which are published on this website (see recent cases).

Our top defence team has developed techniques over many years to achieve outstanding results in the Downing Centre – from drink driving, assault and drug cases to extremely complex District Court trials.

We guarantee that only Senior Criminal Lawyers will represent you in the Downing Centre Local Court and we offer ‘fixed fees’ for a range of cases, including:

  • when you wish to plead guilty in Downing Centre Local Court;
  • when you wish to plead ‘not guilty’ in Downing Centre Local Court to charges including common assault, assault occasioning ABH, indecent assault, drug possession, small drug supply, drink driving and other traffic cases, AVOs etc;
  • when you wish to appeal against a driver licence suspension (demerit points, speeding etc), or against a habitual offender declaration, or against a penalty notice or infringement notice; and

The types of criminal cases heard in Downing Centre Local Court include:

  • Drink driving, driving whilst suspended or disqualified, and other traffic cases
  • Drug possession and small drug supply cases
  • Common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm cases
  • Apprehended violence orders (AVOs)
  • Fraud, larceny and property offences
  • Indecent assault and child abuse material cases
  • Firearms offences
  • Bail applications, sentencing hearings, section 32 applications, committal hearings, and defended hearings

For the best representation in our ‘home court’, contact Sydney Criminal Lawyers® today for a free first appointment with a Senior Criminal or Traffic Defence Lawyer.

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Recent Cases at Downing Centre Local Court

Another Licence Appeal Successful

Our client is a 26 year medical science student, with a part time job dropping-off medical supplies to various locations. He has a wife and young child. He was detected by police driving at a speed greater than 45 km/h, being 162km/h in an 80km/h zone (ie 82km/h over the speed limit). Police pulled him over and issued him with a police suspension notice for a period of 6 months. Despite having a number of other driving offences on his record, our client was adamant that he wished to appeal the suspension. We assisted him to prepare a range of materials, including character references and a letter of apology – which outlined his need for a licence for work and family commitments, including taking his elderly parents to medical appointments. The test to lift or vary an immediate police suspension is onerous, requiring the demonstration of ‘exceptional circumstances’. However, after making extensive verbal submissions to the presiding magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court, Her Honour saw fit to reduce the suspension from 6 months to 1 month – which was backdated to the time of the suspension. This meant he could immediately reapply for his licence and meet his personal and employment obligations.

Client Found Not Guilty of ‘Making a False Complaint’ and Police Ordered to Pay Legal Costs.

Our client is a 20 year old teaching student who was charged with ‘making a false representation resulting in a police investigation’. She made a complaint of sexual assault against her short term partner, who was many years her senior. After her initial complaint to police, she indicated that she did not want to attend court because she did not want to face the trauma of reliving the incident. When she refused to give a further statement clarifying various matters, police formed the view that she was lying and charged her with making a false complaint. The case ultimately proceeded to a defended hearing in Downing Centre Local Court, where our lawyers were able to establish that police had failed to adequately investigate her initial complaint – failing to follow up leads or to gather any forensic or other evidence from the incident scene. They further failed to make sufficient inquiries into her alleged false complaint. The Magistrate remarked that there was insufficient evidence against our client and found her not guilty. We then made an application for costs against police. His Honour found that the investigation was conducted in an unreasonable and improper manner, awarding full legal costs in our client’s favour.

No Criminal Record For Explosives And Firearms Offences

Our client is a 26-year-old member of the Australia Defence Force. He was charged with 5 offences of possessing explosives and prohibited weapons. He was suspended without pay from the Defence Force pending the outcome of the charges. Once he contacted our firm, we immediately commenced negotiations which resulted in police withdrawing 3 of the charges. We negotiated significant amendments to the police ‘fact sheet’ which more accurately reflected the circumstances of the offending. Our client then entered a plea of guilty to the remaining 2 charges. In Downing Centre Local Court, we presented information about the circumstances leading up to the offending conduct, our client’s personal circumstances and the effect that a criminal conviction would have upon him. We also called his father to give oral evidence on our client’s behalf. Recognising the very serious nature of the charges - including the fact that one of the offences carries a maximum penalty of 14-years imprisonment - we made extensive and detailed oral submissions seeking leniency from the Magistrate. His Honour was ultimately persuaded to grant our client a 12-month good behaviour bond under section 10 – which means he avoids a criminal conviction altogether. He hopes to recommence his position and move forward with his life.

No Criminal Record in the Downing Centre for Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

Our client is a 34 year old school teacher in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs. On a Sunday, he was playing a social game of basketball when he took exception to being heavily fouled by an opponent. He approached the opponent and elbowed him to the right side of the face, causing him to collapse face-first to the ground and remain unconscious for several minutes. An ambulance arrived and the opponent was rushed to hospital suffering from a severe concussion, heavy swelling and bruising to the face and head, and several broken teeth. Our client described his response as a ‘brain explosion’. He was immediately remorseful and undertook counselling at our direction. He also gathered character references. Our defence team negotiated several amendments to the ‘full facts’ and obtained a detailed counselling report. Our client then entered a plea of guilty. After lengthy submissions in Downing Centre Court, the magistrate was persuaded to grant a ‘section 10 bond’ – which means our client avoids a criminal record and can continue with his career.

No Conviction for L Plater Charged With Low Range Drink Driving

The Magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court allowed our 34 year old client from Mosman to avoid a conviction and a licence disqualification despite the fact that he was an ‘L plater’ and registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.07. The charge arose when our client decided to drive home after having some drinks on a Friday night. He was stopped by police for a random breath test and blew a low range reading. He had a learner licence at the time, but no ‘L’ plates were displayed. Our lawyers assisted him with character references and a letter of apology to the court. He also completed the Traffic Offender Program. These materials were presented to the court on our client’s sentencing date, and lengthy submissions were made which ultimately persuaded the Magistrate to grant him a 12 month good behaviour bond under ‘section 10’, which means that he avoids a criminal record and licence disqualification. This is despite this offence carrying an automatic disqualification period of 6 months.

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