Joseph Palamara, Associate

Joseph Palamara, Solicitor, Go To Court Lawyers

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 practice 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.

Success Stories and Publications

Therapeutic Order for Mentally Ill Client

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 26-year-old at the Melbourne County Court in relation to an appeal against a six-month term of imprisonment imposed by the Magistrates’ Court for charges of obtaining a financial advantage by deception.

The case involved the client informing friends and family that she was suffering from a terminal illness. As a result, several individuals and companies donated and assisted with the client’s appeal for assistance to help with radical treatment overseas, all whilst neither the illness nor the treatment were real.

Through the procurement of various in-depth forensic psychological material, it was substantiated that our client had and was currently suffering from severe mental health illnesses, which had gone undiagnosed and intreated for a majority of her life.

We relied on these forensic psychological assessments of our client to demonstrate her remorse and accountability for the offending, as well as showing the court the extent of her mental health issues and the very small risk of her reoffending or having further involvement with the criminal justice system.

Our representation, together with experienced Counsel, resulted in the court imposing a very lenient sentence, consisting of a therapeutic community corrections order, requiring ongoing engagement with and treatment by our client’s current allied health practitioners. As a result, the client was spared both imprisonment and community work.

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 client’s 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 a client’s favour.

Community Corrections Order For Serious Driving Offences

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 19-year-old at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court in relation to charges of dangerous driving causing serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury, dangerous driving and failing to have proper control of a motor vehicle.

The case involved a very significant accident which occurred in peak hour traffic on a busy Melbourne freeway. The accident resulted in the victim spending a considerable amount of time trapped in his vehicle. He was not expected to survive his injuries and requires ongoing operations and rehabilitation.

Our representation resulted in the court imposing a community corrections order and only suspending the client’s licence for the mandatory minimum period. As a result of this successful outcome, our client was spared imprisonment.

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.

The case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who cares for his client’s 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 a client’s favour.

Lenient Sentence for Repeat Offender

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 39-year-old at the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court on the 1st of May in relation to charges of theft, obtaining property by deception, dealing with the proceed of crime, driving whilst suspended and noncompliance with a condition of a Family Violence Intervention Order.

The client had a significant prior history of similar offending. Our client had upwards of 12 prior convictions and had been given several Community Corrections Orders in the past, none of which were completed successfully.

Our representation resulted in the court imposing a further Community Corrections Order with a total of 30 hours of unpaid community work over a 12-month period, with a significant emphasis on rehabilitation. An application by the prosecution for the client’s vehicle to be forfeited was refused by the court after hearing evidence from the client.

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.  Although the client had a significant prior history, in the period between his last offending and this court appearance, he had taken several steps to demonstrate to the court that he was making every effort to break his cycle of offending.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who will continue to care for his client’s 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.

Small Fines For Repeat Traffic Offender

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 26-year-old at the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on the 20th of May in relation to charges of driving whilst suspended and driving in excess of the speed limit. The client had numerous prior criminal matters for similar offences all occurring within quick succession of each other within a 2 year time period. 

Our representation resulted in the court imposing very lenient fines and not interfering with our client’s licence. As a result, the client was able to drive immediately following his court appearance.

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 argument that any licence loss would affect the client's young family, for which our client was the sole income earner. 

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.

Further Community Corrections Order Imposed After Breach

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 49-year-old male at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on 31 October in relation to failing to comply with the conditions of Community Corrections Order (CCO).

The case involved our client failing to complete his 200 hours of the community work, in addition to re-offending by committing a similar offence within two months of the Community Corrections Order being imposed.

Our representation resulted in the court imposing a new Community Corrections Order with more conditions for a period of 18 months. As well as other terms of the CCO, our client will have to undergo a mental health assessment and treatment as well as an offending behaviour change program.

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 failed to comply with the previous order in place due to changes in his personal circumstances. We relied on case law to support our argument the court should give greater weight to rehabilitation in this case and that the court could properly extend our client unusual leniency.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who will continue to care for his client’s 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 the client’s favour.

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