Rebecca Glew, Criminal Lawyer
Rebecca Glew was admitted as an Australian Lawyer in March of 2013, when she immediately commenced employment in private practice at Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers. She has practised exclusively in criminal law since that time.
Initially working with Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers from 2013 to 2017, Rebecca moved to Legal Aid for several years before returning. We are glad she’s back. Rebecca is now the managing lawyer at our Frankston Office.
Rebecca appears in various Magistrates’ Court matters, including contested bail applications, pleas, contest mentions, bail variations, committal mentions and applications under the Road Safety Act 1986, intervention order matters and contested hearings. Rebecca has also appeared in the County Court of Victoria in relation to appeals and breach offences.
Rebecca has worked with some of Victoria’s most senior and respected barristers and has instructed numerous serious indictable matters. She has also drafted several Supreme Court bail applications.
With a firm belief in every person’s right to a fair and just hearing, Rebecca is a staunch advocate and is committed to achieving the very best outcome for every client. With over 10 years post-admission experience, you are in safe hands with Rebecca as your lawyer. Rebecca routinely appears at Magistrates’ Courts around Melbourne.
Rebecca’s recent case outcomes:
1. Causing injury, affray and unlawful assault, Ringwood Magistrates' Court
Rebecca appeared for a client charged with intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury, affray and unlawful assault. Several co-accused pleaded guilty to intentionally causing injury and affray and received onerous sentences.
The matter proceeded to contest mention and was on the cusp of a contested hearing. However, Rebecca identified issues with the identification evidence and, following negotiations with the prosecution, the case summary was amended to reflect that the client was merely present during the offending conduct and did not apply force to any victims. All charges except a single charge of unlawful assault were withdrawn, and the client was recommended for diversion. The Magistrate ultimately agreed to diversion, and our client did not receive a disclosable conviction for the offence.
2. Common assault & criminal damage, Melbourne Magistrates' Court
Rebecca appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for a client charged with common assault and criminal damage. At the commencement of the matter, there were more than twenty charges, including sexual assault, recklessly causing injury, reckless conduct endangering serious injury and, due to the seriousness of the charges, the matter was subject to an uplift application.
The matter proceeded through committal mention and contested committal, and the accused was committed for trial. Following the committal and after receiving the depositions, the defence submitted a further offer outlining the significant issues with the prosecution case, most notably, issues with the complaint’s credibility. The offer was accepted, and the matter was remitted by consent back to the summary stream and tried summarily in the Magistrates’ Court. The client pleaded guilty to the two remaining charges and received only a moderate financial penalty.
3. Causing injury offences, unlawful assault, and trespass, Frankton Magistrates Court
Rebecca Glew represented a client charged with intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, and trespass. The conduct was alleged to have occurred in the context of family violence and involved biting the victim.
Following a summary case conference with the prosecution, charges for causing injury and trespass were withdrawn. Diversion was proposed for the remaining charge of unlawful assault, which required the demonstration of exceptional circumstances. After Rebecca prepared significant material in support of diversion, the prosecution approved the plan.
The Magistrate granted diversion with a condition of good behaviour. Diversion was an exceptional outcome for our client, who worked in health care, as a formal recording of guilt would have deleteriously impacted future employment prospects.
4. Sexual activity directed at another, Frankston Magistrates Court
Rebecca appeared for a client charged with sexual activity directed at another. Our client had a relevant prior for sexual exposure, and the prosecution made an application for the client to be registered as a sex offender. If granted, this would have seen our client lose his employment.
Rebecca made extensive submissions that sex offender registration was not appropriate in the circumstances, and the Magistrate refused the application. The client was sentenced to a moderate corrections order.
5. 3 x unlawful assault, 3 x recklessly causing injury, Frankston Magistrates' Court
The charges related to alleged conduct occurring 12 months earlier and interim changes had impacted the witnesses’ capacity to give evidence. Rebecca appeared at the contest mention and conducted further negotiations with the prosecution in relation to the difficulties in making out the charges and various issues with the credibility of witnesses. The prosecution then agreed to withdraw all charges, and the client maintained a clean criminal record.