Joseph Palamara - Associate - Werribee | Armstrong Legal

Joseph Palamara - Associate - Werribee


Joseph Palamara – Associate – Werribee

Criminal Law

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Joseph holds a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University and completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law. Joseph also holds a Certificate in Legal Business from the College of Law.

Joseph was admitted to practise law in the Supreme Court of Victoria in March 2017 and is also admitted in the High Court of Australia. Joseph brings with him an array of experience in legal practice having worked in civil litigation, insolvency, debt recovery and consumer protection. He strives to provide the highest quality legal advice to clients, to ensure both a positive outcome and a positive experience.

When Joseph is not working with his clients, he is heavily involved in martial arts. Holding two black belts, he is also a Victorian State Team Member and Victorian State Team Coach. Joseph has represented both Victoria and Australia in national and International competitions.

Publications

Assault police charges and drink driving charge withdrawn

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a male at the Horsham Magistrates’ Court in relation to several charges relating to drink driving, as well as assaulting several police officers whilst on duty.

The client had been found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle on a busy road. When police approached him, an altercation broke out and it was alleged that he assaulted several police officers, causing injuries to one officer in particular.  He was also charged with drink driving.

Through our lengthy discussions with the prosecutions, it was ultimately decided that all charges, including those related to the drink driving matter, would be withdrawn, with no further action being taken against our client. Not only did this result in our client not facing any charges before the court, it also resulted in a return of his licence.

That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly. We paid careful attention to our client’s personal circumstances and collected a large amount of evidence in support of our case, including body-worn camera footage from the incident.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who pay close attention to his clients’ circumstances and work hard to ensure that the best possible arguments are put forward in relation to the allegations against them.

 

Community Corrections Order for 11th offence of drive while suspended

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 28-year-old male in the Magistrates’ Court in December 2020 in relation to several sets of charges, all of which included driving under the influence and driving whilst suspended.

The client had been charged several times in the space of a few months for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, as well as driving whilst suspended. The client had a number of relevant prior convictions and between 2014 and 2020 had been found guilty of:

  • Ten counts of driving whilst suspended; and
  • Three counts of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

In addition to the above, following his last appearance before the court for driving whilst suspended, he had been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of three months.

Through our lengthy discussions with the prosecutions, it was ultimately decided that several charges would be withdrawn by the prosecution. Prosecution also agreed not to seek that a further term of imprisonment be imposed. The court eventually imposed a Community Corrections Order with very limited conditions, as opposed to sentencing the client to a term of imprisonment.

That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly. We paid careful attention to our client’s personal circumstances and collected a large amount of evidence in support of our case, including body-worn camera footage from the incident.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who will work hard to ensure each case is thoroughly prepared and presented in a way that ensures that the best possible outcome.

Fine and bond for client guilty of violent offences

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 34-year-old at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court in March 2021 in relation to a number of charges of reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, assault, and making threats to kill.

The case involved the client being brought before the court following a family violence incident in 2020, which resulted in the victim losing consciousness as a result of her injuries and requiring medical treatment. The client was initially remanded in custody but following assistance from Mr Palamara, was granted bail and was able to engage with allied health professionals, which was instrumental to his sentencing.

Forensic psychological material and engagement with specialist allied health support services established that the client had several underlying mental health conditions, which had never been addressed.

After negotiations with prosecutions, our Mr Palamara reached an agreement which saw several of the most serious charges withdrawn.

Our representation, resulted in the court imposing a good behaviour bond, in addition to a fine of $2,000, which was an extremely lenient sentence for this offending.

This result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly.  We paid careful attention to our client’s personal circumstances and collected a large amount of evidence in support of our case.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who will continue to care for his clients’ circumstances and will work hard to ensure their cases are prepared and presented in a way that ensures the court gives full effect to every factor in their favour.

No conviction for client guilty of serious assault

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 44-year-old male at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in relation to a serious assault outside a bar. The man was charged with offences including conduct endangering life, conduct endangering serious injury and various other assault related charges.

The case involved a serious assault which resulted in the victim being struck and falling on the side of the road, following an altercation outside of a bar.

Our representation resulted in several of the more serious charges being withdrawn, and our client being sentenced with a financial penalty, without a conviction being recorded, despite the seriousness of the offence.

That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly. We paid careful attention to our client’s personal circumstances and collected a large amount of evidence in support of our case that he was an otherwise good person who had unfortunately made a bad decision. Furthermore, substantial evidence was obtained with respect to the impact a conviction would have on his future, which ultimately persuaded the magistrate not to impose one.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who will continue to care for his clients’ circumstances and will work hard to ensure their cases are prepared and presented in a way that ensures the court gives full effect to every factor in a client’s favour.

Fine for client guilty of repeat offending

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 35-year-old male at the Sunshine Magistrates Court on 10 September 2021 in relation to multiple criminal matters relating to theft, drug offences and breaches of bail.

The case involved our client having committed a series of offences in Victoria and then absconding to South Australia, following each set of offending.

Our client had a significant prior history, spanning over a decade, with various terms of imprisonment having been imposed in the past.

Our representation resulted in the court imposing a $500 fine.

That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly. We paid careful attention to the client’s personal circumstances and prior history, providing context to his offending. We relied on case law to support our arguments as well as negotiating significant amendments to the alleged facts to ultimately decrease the severity of the allegations.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who will continue to care for his clients’ circumstances and will work hard to ensure their case is prepared and presented in a way that ensures the court gives full effect to every factor in their favour.

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