Going to court?
If you have been charged with a criminal offence or have received an application for an apprehended violence order you will have a court date. Our criminal lawyers will advise you about the law relating to your charge or the application prior to that court date. They will attend court with you and speak on your behalf.
Occasionally more than one court appearance is required to obtain the best outcome and we will ask you for further information relating to references, medical conditions and attendances at programs.
If you plead not guilty we will properly prepare your case and argue it in court for you.
If you are dissatisfied with an outcome in a court matter it is sometimes possible to appeal the decision to a higher court. Our solicitors can assist by appearing with you and presenting your case. After the initial decision there is only 28 days in which to lodge an appeal, so it is important to obtain legal advice as soon as possible.
Speaking to police
You are free to advise police that you wish to seek legal advice before speaking to them. It is important to know what your rights are and what the police obligations are before you attend an appointment at the police station for any matter whether you are under investigation or whether you are a witness. Our solicitors are available to assist you and if necessary attend the police station with you. Remember, in most cases if you are under investigation you have the right to be silent.
Our solicitors are able to give you advice in relation to tickets, elections to go to court, de-merit points, licence appeals and more serious driving matters.
If you have a query or issue with a traffic infringement notice or a court attendance notice you should contact your solicitor as early as possible to obtain advice. In the case of a court attendance notice before the first court date. In the case of a traffic infringement notice do not pay it until you have first obtained advice ifyou do have a query or issue with it.
Be aware traffic matters are one area of the law where police are entitled to demand and obtain information from you including license details, the name and address of the driver of a vehicle which is registered in your name and if you have been involved in an accident, a version of it.