Criminal Law

Many people are approached by the police in relation to further inquiries. In most instances it is preferable to exercise your right to remain silent until you obtain legal advice. In the case of a motor vehicle accident you are required to provide your name, address, licence, car registration details and information about who was driving at the time.

There are many principles, which the police are required to follow in interviewing persons. You should be aware that you are not required to attend at the Police Station unless you are arrested. If you are arrested you may apply for bail immediately and it may be necessary at that point to arrange a lawyer to assist you.

If you have been charged with an offence you need we have the experience to offer expert advice to understand all the options. These will include making written representations to the authorities to withdraw the charge or to agree on more accurate and often more favourable set of facts. A person may plead guilty with an explanation. Alternatively a client may plead not guilty and defend the matter at a hearing. Prior to taking the decision to defend a charge you should obtain proper advice, particularly if you are not familiar with the court procedures.

Our team of criminal lawyers and support staff have the expertise to provide you with practical advice to put you in the best possible position. We have more than 50 years experience in:

  • Apprehended violence orders
  • Assault and other offences against persons
  • Bail applications
  • Children’s court
  • Drink driving and other serious driving offences
  • Drug offences
  • Plea making in local courts
  • Committal Hearings
  • Criminal appeals to the district court
  • Criminal trials
  • Stealing offences
  • Street offences
  • Victims compensation
  • ‘White collar’ crime

For many minor traffic matters the Police cannot bring a charge after six months have expired from the date of the alleged offence.