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

Adjourned Undertaking for Drug Trafficking Charges

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 19-year-old at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court on 14 July  in relation to a multitude of charges relating to the trafficking, possession and use of cannabis, methamphetamine and prescription medication, as well as several charges relating to dealing with the proceeds of crime and possession of prohibited weapons. The client was also facing several charges of breaching bail and committing further offences whilst on bail.

The case involved our client engaging in criminal conduct over an 8-10-month period resulting in in excess of 17 separate charges. The client was subsequently remanded and denied bail.

Our representation resulted in the court bringing the matters forward to be finalised in July rather than October, and the client being sentenced to time served and released on a good behaviour bond for a period of 12 months.

This result was achieved by preparing the case thoroughly and in particular drawing the client’s significant mental health concerns to the court's attention.  We paid careful attention to our client’s personal circumstances and his age and collected a large amount of evidence in support of our case that he was an otherwise good person and had taken steps to mitigate his reoffending. We relied on case law to support our argument that the court should give greater weight to the changed circumstances in this case, which supported our argument 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 their favour.

Breach Proceedings Dismissed For Client on Good Behaviour Bond

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 34-year-old at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on 5 March 2020 in relation to failing to comply with a good behaviour bond imposed by the court in 2017 for possession of various drugs of dependence as well as failing to answer bail charges.

Mr Palamara paid careful attention to the client’s personal circumstances and collected a large amount of evidence in support of his case that the client was an otherwise good person and had taken steps to mitigate his risks of reoffending. Mr Palamara argued that the court should give greater weight to the changed circumstances in this case, using case law to support the argument that the court could properly extend unusual leniency to the client.

Following Mr Palamara's appearance, the court found that the breach of the good behaviour bond was proven, but decided not to re-sentence the client and furthermore discharged the matters against the client to enable him to keep a clean record.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Joseph Palamara who will work hard to ensure matters 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 Serious Driving Offences

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 42-year-old at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on the 27th of February 2020 in relation to multiple charges relating to driving whilst suspended, multiple traffic offences including evading police, driving under the influence of an illicit substances and failing to appear at court whilst on bail, all occurring over a two year period.

The client had been pulled over in early December 2016 for driving on a suspended licence, following a previously ordered four-year court suspension period. Two weeks after this incident, the client was intercepted again for driving without a licence, however, on this occasion, he had been driving under the influence of an illicit substance and had had a collision, with his heavy vehicle rolling on a busy suburban road.

Our client subsequently was placed on bail for these matters, however failed to appear. He was the intercepted in 2018 for once again driving on a suspended licence, however on this occasion, failed to stop for police, which resulted in a short pursuit.

On the first return date for these charges, the court was inclined to impose either a term of imprisonment or a significant corrections order. However, after negotiations with the prosecutors resulted in several charges being withdrawn, the matter was ultimately adjourned for several months to facilitate a community corrections order assessment.

The client was found suitable for a corrections order. However, after discussions with Corrections, Mr Palamara formed the view that a corrections order would not be appropriate in these circumstances and that the matter ultimately should be finalised by way of a financial penalty.

Our representation resulted in the court imposing a fine. As a result of this successful outcome, our client was spared the very real possibility of an immediate term of imprisonment or a highly onerous community corrections order.

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

Therapeutic Order For Serious Traffic Offences

Our solicitor Joseph Palamara represented a 43-year-old at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on the 25th of November in relation to several charges relating to failure to use a vehicle fitted with an alcohol interlock device, drink driving, breaching licence conditions and a breach of a community corrections order.

The client had been brought before the court after being pulled over for breaching the interlock condition of his licence. He subsequently re-offended several weeks later and was once again intercepted by police. He was already subject to a Community Corrections Order imposed in September 2017 for charges relating to breaching an alcohol interlock condition on his licence, which by virtue of the new offences and his failure to comply with any of the community service conditions imposed, resulted in breach proceedings against him.

As a result, Corrections recommended that the current Community Corrections Order be cancelled and that the client be re-sentenced on his original charges from back in 2017. The client also had a criminal history some 24 pages long, spanning almost 28 years and encompassed several breaches of previously imposed corrections orders.

Mr Palamara obtained psychological material to establish that the client had been and was still  suffering from severe mental illness, which had gone untreated for a substantial period of time and went some way in explaining the life choices that our client had made.

Through substantial negotiations with corrections, Mr Palamara reached an amicable agreement which saw corrections re-assess its previous position and support a further re-assessment of our client for another community corrections order, this time with a substantial therapeutic element attached to it.

Our representation, resulted in the court imposing a very lenient therapeutic community corrections order, requiring ongoing engagement and treatment with our client’s current allied health practitioners. The client was thus spared the very real possibility of an immediate term of 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.

This 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.

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.

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