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
- 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 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!
Daniel Shestowsky represented a 35 year old man at the Sutherland Local Court on in relation to charges of Destroy/Damage Property and Steal from Dwelling. A charge of Break and Enter was withdrawn by the Prosecutor on the day of hearing.
The case involved a trespass at a development site. Copper wire worth $1,320 was stolen and not recovered. There was extensive damage to several units on the property, equating to over $30,000.
There were no witnesses, however during the investigation the police found a DNA spatter on an empty paint can that had been emptied all over the basement of the development site. That DNA spatter matched our client’s DNA.
Our client was initially charged with Break and Enter and Commit Serious Indictable Offence as well as Destroy or Damage property. We drafted representations to the Police that resulted in the withdrawal of the Break and Enter charge.
Our client pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges and the matter went to hearing. The prosecution case was a circumstantial one and through our solicitor Daniel Shestowsky’s submissions, we established inherent doubts in the prosecution case and our client was found not guilty of both remaining charges.
This result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly. We paid careful attention to the evidence that the prosecution had presented and judiciously formulated our argument to highlight to the Magistrate the holes in the case against our client. We relied on case law to support the complexities involved in a circumstantial case and we diligently put these before the Court.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Daniel Shestowsky who thoroughly goes through the evidence and the case theory of the Prosecution case in order to put forward the best and most judicious representation of our clients.