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Soccer star’s future brighter with non recording of conviction

31 March 2016

In the Beenleigh Magistrates Court, our Lachlan Ygoa-McKeown represented a young client charged with driving unlicensed and possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with a drug offence. The difficulty was that these charges breached his previous probation order for drug supply and possession.

So far, no convictions had been recorded. He was 20 years old and on the verge of signing a contract to play soccer. Our client also had opportunities to travel overseas to play soccer and knew that if he had a drug conviction, this travel probably wouldn’t be possible. Lachlan appeared at the sentence with our client.

The Magistrate was initially going to record a conviction for the drug offence because of his previous history, but Lachlan argued persistently against this and advocated strongly in his client’s favour.The Magistrate accepted Lachlan’s arguments; did not record a conviction, only gave our client a fine and did not disqualify him from driving.


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