Barrister Melanie Coxon
Have you been arrested and charged with an criminal offence?
Would you like a user friendly lawyer to give you some LawyerHelp?
Are you seeking a diversion or are you intending to plead guilty? Do you need a discharge without conviction, name supression or just a helping hand to try and achieve the best sentence possible?
Alternatively do you want to defend your charge at a defended hearing in the District Court?
Then call me 09-377-8440 or 021-911-155. If I am temporarily unavailable email me after you have read some of my great results listed below which I have repeatedly achieved for clients involved in difficult cases. I have a great support team!
I charge affordable Agreed Fees or I by the hour. Your choice. Note I do written submissions to the judge were appropriate. I find this helps get the client a better result.
Criminal case example 1.
Middle aged woman steals more than $100,000 from her employer. She engages me and I prepared detailed written submissions which enabled the client to obtain critical interim name suppression. A subsequent plea bargain was arranged were the offender promptly paid back the money stolen. In return the police dropped some of the charges. I then filed further detailed submissions along with a psychological report and submitted these to the judge on sentence. At sentencing the client escaped a custodial sentence by the skin of her teeth because of my efforts and because the client had already started 150 hours of voluntary community work. Permanent name suppression, not normally granted in such a case, was however granted here because of the serious effect publication of my client’s name would have had on her sick son. This was a complex and demanding case. The client paid a fee based on time, skill, effort and outcome.
Criminal case example 2.
A 17 year old Maori youth planned and executed a corner store robbery with his girlfriend and a friend were a knife was held at the throat of the shop keeper who was also hit over the head with a tire iron and suffered serious injury. Here the name of the accused was suppressed after his family paid $10,000 reparation to the victim at a restorative justice conference. The boy avoided jail and was sentenced to community work despite the Crown asking for a 4 year prison sentence after I made extensive written submissions to the judge on sentence. This was paid as a private fee. This allowed me to spend the time and effort necessary to turn a seemingly impossible case and into one that was manageable.
Criminal case example 3.
The young woman involved in the planning of the above robbery and who received some of the stolen money was, as a result of my effort and skill I was able to negotiate a plea bargain in which the robbery charge was reduced to one of receiving. Then after doing volunteer work on a Maori Marae the client earned a discharge without conviction so that it would not hinder her future job prospects. This case was paid by private retainer.
Criminal case example 4.
A young immigrant aged 17 pleaded guilty to being a party to a burglary of a boat. He was the look out and was found in possession of burglary tools. He was an A student who had never been in trouble before. As a result of him voluntarily doing 100 hours of community work before sentence at my suggestion I was able to convince the Judge to grant my client a discharge without conviction after making detailed submissions to the court. This case was a demanding one which lasted over six months. Again this was a case which was paid by private fee because of the time involved and skill necessary to achieve the result that was achieved.
Criminal case example 5.
A young man from Korea assaulted his wife and threatened to kill her. However after he carried out an 18 week Man Alive anger management program and did a relationship counseling course with his wife, and made a $500 donation to a charity, I was able to convince the Judge that the client should be discharged without conviction to save the marriage. This case involved serious handling and lasted over 8 months. Likewise this was a private fee.
Criminal case example 6.
A young Iraqi was charged with being a nuisance for pouring water into his wife's petrol tank. After doing an anger management program he obtained a discharge without conviction after I made written submissions to the judge. This was a private case.
Criminal case example 7.
A young woman under the influence of alcohol assaulted a police officer and bit his hand drawing blood. She faced a very serious charge of assault with intent to injure (5 years). I then organized a rehabilitative program which included 1) a personal letter of apology to the officers involved, 2) a face to face apology to the police officer she bit, 3) the client completing an extensive anger management program and for paying a $500 donation to a charity, I was with the assistance of detailed submissions file with the court, able to obtain a discharge without conviction for the client. This was a demanding case with serious consequences if it had not been handled correctly. Again because of the necessary skill and time involved I was paid a private fee.
Criminal case example 8.
A young man was charged with murder of a man who allegedly interfered with him. After the deposition hearing I applied to the High Court to have the alleged confession excluded. The application was successful. I then sort an application to have the boy discharged on the basis of insufficient evidence which application was granted and the boy set free. This was a legal aid case.
Criminal case example 9.
A young Indian man and four other young men became involved in a serious assault on another Indian who was assaulted with two iron bars. After a restorative justice program all four plead guilty. Just before sentence one of the young men chose to change his lawyer (previously represented by the public defender’s office) to me. The four young men who did not change their pleas were each sentenced to imprisonment ranging from between 2 to 4 years. I then filed a detailed change of plea application in the High Court which included nine affidavits from potential witnesses who claimed the victim had not been involved. The case ran for over two years. After High Court Judge Justice Asher finally allowed the change of plea the matter was sent back to the District Court for trial. Then I then filed an application for a stay because the police officer had not recorded any notes while interviewing the victim but this application was dismissed. I then subsequently filed a further application to have the charges dropped for insufficient evidence. After 2 1/2 years the Crown finally consented to the application being grated after I filed detailed submissions and supporting affidavits. Here a fee was charged based on time, skill and result.
Criminal case example 10.
A young man was charged with possession of cannabis for supply. After I approached the police I was able to negotiate a reduction in the charge and had it reduced to simple possession. I then obtained a discharge without conviction for the young man to protect his future work prospects and ability to travel. This was a private case were an agreed fee was paid.
I understand what a discharge without conviction means to a first or subsequent offender. I hope the above examples give you confidence that if you hire me you are more likely than not to get satisfaction and value for money.
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