Daniel is a Senior Associate and the Office Manager of our GTC Lawyers Blacktown Office. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics from Macquarie University. Daniel was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a lawyer after completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at The College of Law. Daniel was also admitted as a solicitor to the High Court of Australia.
Daniel has a particular interest and expertise in criminal law. Daniel has appeared in the District Court, Local Court and Children’s Court of New South Wales in a variety of complex criminal matters. Daniel is particularly adept at representing clients in drug and domestic violence matters.
Daniel believes firmly in being an honest, driven advocate for his clients and has achieved success both inside and outside the courtroom for his clients. Daniel also has experience in Family Law, Civil Law and Immigration Law.
In his spare time, Daniel loves either watching or playing soccer or enjoying the many fine restaurants Sydney has to offer.
Accreditations & Memberships
- Member of the Law Society of NSW
Success Stories and Publications
- Penalty Notice Scheme for Drug Possession (NSW)
- Sentencing Options for Sex Offenders (NSW)
- Firearm Prohibition Orders in NSW
- Consorting (NSW)
- Changes to Criminal Procedure: Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas (NSW)
Our solicitor Daniel Shestowsky represented a 28-year-old man at the Parramatta Local Court on 22 January 2019 on one charge of Stalk/Intimidate With Intent to Cause Fear of Physical Harm.
The case involved an argument that had occurred between our client and his ex-partner centring around their children and who the ex partner was associating with. Our client was alleged to have made detailed threats to kill both his ex-partner and a third party over the phone.
Our client ultimately pleaded not guilty and the matter went to hearing. On the morning of the hearing, our solicitor Daniel Shestowsky negotiated amendments to the police facts with all reference to the threats to the ex-partner removed so that only the threat to the third party remained.
Based on those agreed facts, our client pleaded guilty and Mr Shestowsky made submissions on his behalf. As a result of those facts and submissions, our client received a Conditional Release Order without conviction for a period of 18 months.
This result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly. Mr Shestowsky paid careful attention to the evidence served and relied on case law to support the arguments put forward in negotiations with police.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Daniel Shestowsky who thoroughly goes through the evidence develops a case theory to secure the best possible outcome for his client.
Our solicitor Daniel Shestowsky represented a 23-year-old man at the Penrith Local Court on 15 January 2019 on charges of Common Assault, Intentionally Destroy/Damage Property, Resist an Officer While in the Execution of His or Her Duty and Excluded Person Re-Enter or Attempt to Re-Enter Licensed Premises.
The client had been on a pub crawl starting at 9am and drinking at various locations in the Penrith area. At 2am, he was kicked out of an establishment for being drunk. The client had an altercation with security, during which he kicked a glass pane, smashing it. When police arrived the altercation continued. The client was then arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station.
The client pleaded guilty and faced the possibility of having criminal convictions recorded. Our solicitor Daniel Shestowsky organised for a variety of material to be obtained and tendered to the court, including letters of apology and character references. He also negotiated certain amendments to the police facts. Mr Shestowsky also made submissions to the court, attesting to our client’s good character and remorse and contrition for his actions.
Based on those submissions and documentation, the client received Conditional Release Orders without conviction for a period of 12 months. This result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly and strongly advocating for our client and highlighting his prior good character. It required a supreme focus on the mitigating factors in our client’s favour.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Daniel Shestowsky who thoroughly prepares for any sentencing proceeding to secure the best possible outcome for his client.
Our solicitor Daniel Shestowsky represented a 25-year-old man at the Katoomba Local Court on 31 October 2018 for one count of Offensive Conduct in/near public place.
The case involved an argument that had occurred between our client and his ex-partner and her new boyfriend outside a Subway restaurant. Our client was assaulted and injured and immediately following the incident, made a complaint to the police. Our client as well as the other male were subsequently charged with offensive conduct in/near public place as the police were unable to place blame at the feet of either party.
Our solicitor Daniel Shestowsky drafted representations to the police to withdraw the charge based on the argument that our client’s actions could not be taken to be offensive and even if they were, our client was clearly acting in self-defence.
Our client pleaded not guilty and the matter went to hearing. On the morning of the hearing, Mr Shestowsky noted that the police had failed to serve several statements they were seeking to rely upon and ultimately could only rely on our client’s own statement to form the prosecution case. The police withdrew the charge.
That result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly. We paid careful attention to the evidence that the prosecution had previously served and we relied on case law to support our arguments put forward in the representations sent to the police.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Daniel Shestowsky who thoroughly goes through the evidence to put forward the best representation of his clients.
Our senior associate, Mr Daniel Shestowsky, represented a 51 year old male in the District Court in Campbelltown in relation to a charge of exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 kilometers per hour.
Our client committed the offence while holding a good behaviour licence. This was issued after the client exceeded his demerit point allocation. Originally, he was convicted and fined $200 in the Local Court. If this conviction had stood our client's driver licence would have been suspended for eight months.
Our client has committed over 20 traffic offences, including previous convictions for a middle-range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) offence, and a driving-while-licence-cancelled offence. The District Court however decided to uphold our appeal and set our client’s conviction aside. The matter was dismissed pursuant to Section 10(1)(a) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW).
Mr Shestowsky’s carefully-prepared documentation was tendered and these, in addition to his persuasive submissions to the Court, succeeded in convincing the judge of the merits of his client's case. Ultimately, this meant that our client kept his licence and therefore will not suffer the severe financial hardship that likely would have resulted due to loss of his employment.
This case illustrates the importance of quality and thorough preparation and representation, and the value of a solicitor like Mr Shestowsky who fights for his clients, no matter the odds, to try and achieve the best possible result.
Our Senior Associate Mr Daniel Shestowsky represented a 20-year-old male at Penrith Local Court in relation to three charges of drug possession after our client was arrested at the Defqon 1 music festival in Penrith.
Our client was found by drug detection dogs and accompanying Police to be in possession of small quantities of three different types of drugs and was charged with three counts of Possess Prohibited Drug.
The maximum penalty for each of these charges is 2 years imprisonment. Our client, who had never been before a Court before, faced the prospect of a criminal record because of these offences, possibly hampering his future employment prospects and his ability to travel.
After Mr. Shestowsky’s carefully drafted sentence submissions and persuasive advocacy before the Court, the Magistrate ultimately chose to deal with all three matters by way of Good Behaviour Bonds without recording a criminal conviction.
This result was achieved by our team thoroughly providing a background of our client’s personal circumstances to the Court, with particular emphasis on his prior good character and his low risk of reoffending. Our client was able to avoid a criminal conviction and the stigma that comes with potentially disclosing that to future employers or immigration officials.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation, thorough preparation and persuasive advocacy in the Court room. It highlights the value of lawyers such as our Mr Shestowsky can have on your case!