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If you have a lawyer then they should apply to have the charge dismissed before the trial but you may be running out of time. It could be dealt with at the beginning of the trial ho
Hi, thanks. We are on the Chatham Islands, Wellington district court judges and others to come to the island for court sitting on 4th may.
Requested a ph call but system wont let me put correct ph number in for landline
Is 03(###) ###-####
Would not allow me to put landline number, no cellphone coverage here.
The phone call is an extra cost. But you won’t be able to get the charge dismissed as there won’t be a judge available until your hearing date. It’s common to apply for dismissal before the trial actually starts
There is a long list of of abuse of powers and process, dishonesty, harrassment and bullying over the 2 years or so the policeman was stationed at the chathama.
My son is also dislocating his shoulder frequently and awaiting specialist appointment, has allready had one mercy flight from chathama to ch ch.
And another dislocation 2 days ago, that the hospital here finally manage to put in, is there a chance of getting it adjourned so he doesn't need to appear on the 4th
Is he still on the Chathams? Or is he is Christchurch? What sort of charge is he facing and does he have a lawyer?
No lawyer, 2 charges 1 charge refusing blood test, but that was unlawful arrest from within hotel policeman had undue and overzealous personal vendetta, had told my son over the phone that he would get duty solicitor to adjourn hearing, then waited 3 weeks without telling my son and arrested him at the hotel for warrent for not appearing, also then wanted blood test which was refused,
Took my son to cell, intentionally left unlocked so he would leave, then charged him with escaping custody.
My son presented himself back at the station after having a cup of tea.The policeman failed to notify or inform re warrent for non appearance, he knew where we lived, knew our phone number, it's a small community, policeman needs to be charged in his private capacity for unlawful actions.
Whilst these charges were in play but we had had no disclosure, appeared at court to be told they did not have the paperwork.
Mt son then had an accident, which hospital took blood test and another charge of suspected excess blood alcohol.
He has not reinstated his nz drivers license, so did not at that time of said accident have a nz drivers license in the system.
We are on the Chathams
Those matters can come out in a trial. Refusing the blood test can be difficult because you need to comply and a refusal is an offence on its own. There are lawyers who go with the judge to the hearings on the Chathams-it would be useful to brief one. Otherwise you need to get disclosure. I assume driving is needed where you are. But a combination of the refusal and the blood test mean you better trying to negotiate the sentence rather than trying to defend those charges. The escaping and breach of bail may well be dropped if he pleads to the main offences
I do know where the Chatham Islands are and know a lawyer who goes there for some trials
Can it be adjourned till after shoulder is stable and sorted or are we able to apply for dismissal pre judge alone trial.?
I do not think the shoulder issue would be grounds for an adjournment. You can ask for the charges to be dismissed before the trial starts but you would need carefully prepared submissions on why they should be
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Blood test request unjustified because officer got my son from inside the hotel, not driving, its ludicrous.
Then we ended up in Wellington, court hearing and Amacus appointed , couldn't return back to chathama for a month until next hearing, another hearing in Wellington, then free to come back to chathama,
Then hearing at chathams, another Amacus Blake Dawson from Wellington. Some charges dismissed but rest carried over for judge alone trial on 4th of may.
Have left a message on Blake Dawsons ph but no reply as of yet.
Blake is a good lawyer, and you should keep trying to get hold of him
Right how can we get these carefully prepared submissions sorted.
Usually it is best to brief a good lawyer, but if Blake is on the job, then it will be his decision about those
The issue will I assume be whether the actions of the police officer affect the legality of the blood alcohol charges
Blake was Amacus, so that is friend of the court isn't it? My son self represented with statements written and handed to judge.
So we still dont have lawyer.
I will call him again , I am doubtful anyone will be able to get seat on plane this late to come to trial.
That could be an issue I agree. Do you know if Blake is coming over for the trial?
The officer on chathama at time of accident was great.
It is the other previous officer stationed at the chathama that was harrasing, and bullying, displayed actions beyond his mandate.
My son seems to think he said he wasn't coming the next court day
Whether his behaviour is enough to get your son off the charges is hard to say from the limited information which I have. I am not certain it will be enough however. The bot***** *****ne the judge may find is that your son chose to drink and drive
The current policeman told me he had noticed something in the paperwork that should be able to dismiss before trial, but he didn't elaborate.
Were talking about different incidences here,
There appear to be two cases, the refusing a sample, and later, some time later, the hospital blood test. He is likely to get convicted on those and lose his licence and get a fine
there's no paperwork we can serve to court here? Do we just go to judge alone trial, try get dismissed before start of trial? And if judges do we then appeal?
But I have not seen any of the file
more than a year apart
He does not have a license to lose
Whether the police acted correctly does not alter the fact your son had been drinking and driving on two occasions. Isnt he better off taking the sentence for those?
Especially if he does not have a licence anyway
How does that work when he currently had not reinstated his nz drivers license during any of that timeframe.
The drinking and driving is questionable as alcohol consumed at hotel after driving
The sentence would be that he would be disqualified from holding or obtaining a drivers licence. As I explained earlier, refusing to give a sample is an offence on its own. The other charge with a blood sample would be a clear offence
This one policeman actions have cost over 20,000 in lost wages and put my sons fit and proper for obtaining skippers ticket in jeopardy all because our previous policeman targeted him as the Villian, so he could play night in shining armor. Which sounds weird but he did have a complex and really did physically dress up in medieval gear and do fighting, he even went to world tournament, is unfit to provide unbiased duty of care or process.
It's all getting a bit much.
I will probably choose to attend court myself to address the matters at hand and leave my son safely sitting in my vehicle outside court house. How will that go do you think?
Will the prosecution acknowledge right to subrogation?
Thanks so much for your help, I will keep trying to get Blake by phone and get more clarity of how to proceed.
You can help your son as a McKenzie friend. Its hard to say how this would work however. Your son will need to be in court however