Ali Rana - Practice Director - Brisbane
Ali Rana is a Practice Director and practises exclusively in criminal law. Ali is a seasoned advocate and regularly represents clients in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of Queensland.
Ali has significant experience representing clients in all types of criminal matters, particularly serious criminal offences. Ali is focused on the fundamental rights of his clients and ensuring that they understand all the complexities involved in their case so that they can make an informed decision.
Ali completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Economics and Marketing at QUT, a Bachelor of Laws at QUT (of which he spent a year in the Juris Doctor program of the University of Technology, Sydney), and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice also from QUT.
Bail for client charged with drug offences while on bail for similar offending
Our solicitor Ali Rana assisted a client who was charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs whilst he was on bail for trafficking in dangerous drugs earlier in the same year.
The client has been refused bail in the Magistrates Court before he retained us. We made an application for bail in the Supreme Court that was opposed by the Crown.
The client was granted bail despite the strong case against him.
Immediate parole for client guilty of drug trafficking
Our solicitor Ali Rana assisted a client charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs (cannabis and ice) over two separate periods. Ordinarily, this would attract a term of imprisonment between 3-5 years with the offender to serve between 1 and 2 years. The client was granted immediate release on parole without having to serve any time in custody.
Three months for indecent treatment of a child
Our solicitor Ali Rana assisted a client who was charged with indecent treatment of a child. The client was accused of encouraging his 4-year-old step-granddaughter to indecently deal with him and indecently treating her as well. Ordinarily, a person found guilty of this would be in range of a term of imprisonment of up to 3 years to serve up to 1 year. The client was sentenced to serve three months in custody.
Client guilty of indecent treatment of a child avoids jail
Our solicitor Ali Rana assisted a client who was charged with two offences of indecent treatment of a child. A person found guilty of this offence must be sentenced to an actual term of imprisonment unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Our client attended on us immediately upon being charged and this allowed him to take significant steps towards rehabilitation. He was sentenced and the court found there were exceptional circumstances and did not require him to serve a term of imprisonment.
One of the most significant contributors to a finding of exceptional circumstances was his very early steps towards rehabilitation. But for his early engagement, he may well have been required to serve an actual term of imprisonment. There were other contributors as well, such as our engagement in negotiations with the DPP to remove one charge and amend the facts in a way that read favourably to our client, obtaining a forensic psychologist’s report, and the submissions we made at sentence.
Bail granted to client charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm
Our solicitor Ali Rana assisted a client who had been told that the police wanted to speak to him about an assault. We spoke with the police and told them that the client did not want to do an interview. The police did not take any action for about three months and then notified us that they intended to charge the man.
The client was charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm, We were able to arrange an urgent bail application and receive the Crown material at an early stage. At the bail hearing, the Magistrate accepted our submission that it was a very weak Crown case and granted our client bail.
Early engagement allowed the client to seek relevant advice and, importantly, meant that he did not give a statement to police which could have resulted in bail being refused and the man spending years in custody awaiting trial.