Occasionally people make decisions or act in ways which result in direct contact with law enforcement agencies. When such events occur, they may require legal advice on the best approach to address their situation. Allegations of a criminal nature can often be very stressful on the accused and their loved ones. Such matters can have considerable implications on the accused’s future, such as their ability to obtain employment, travel, can result in significant fines and even incarceration.
We provide legal representation in the Local and District Courts for a range of criminal offences, including:
- Bail applications;
- Assault offences;
- Affray offences;
- Domestic violence matters (such as AVOs);
- Drug offences;
- Firearm offences;
- Fraud offences;
- Theft offences; and
- Telecommunication offences.
We provide a range of legal services in all criminal law matters, including:
- Advising on the elements of the offence with which you have been charged, including advice on entering a plea (either guilty or not guilty);
- Undertaking negotiations with police and other law enforcement agencies to reduce the severity of the offence you have been charged with;
- Appearing on your behalf at a contested hearing in the Local or District Court (depending on whether the matter is a summary offence, an indictable offence which can be dealt with summarily or a matter which is strictly indictable);
- In circumstances where the accused is suffering a proven mental condition or illness, making an application pursuant to Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) that the accused instead be dealt with for the alleged offence under that section;
- Appearing on your behalf at a sentencing hearing, including making submissions to the Court on mitigation of sentence.
In serious matters we also work closely with experienced counsel (barristers) to ensure the very best outcome for you.