Criminal charges are obviously a serious matter which can change the course of a person’s life if they lead to prosecution and conviction in a court.
The effects on a person’s family, their reputation and their livelihood can be damaging and destructive.
This is why effective legal representation by professionals with specialist knowledge of criminal law is crucial in defending the charges.
Speak with our Parramatta Criminal Lawyers
Our team at Criminal Lawyers Parramatta have the expertise and experience to protect your rights and vigorously defend you in any of the matters below.
Apprehended Violence Orders Lawyers Parramatta
These orders are handed down when a person makes an application to the court because they fear violence by another upon them. Frequently they are applied for by a person in a relationship who is fearful of the actions of their partner in the form of domestic violence.
Sometimes police apply to the court for an AVO on behalf of the person seeking protection, and sometimes the person who is in fear will make the application, provided they are over 16 years of age.
An AVO imposes a number of conditions on the person named in the order, including prohibitions on that person ‘harassing, threatening, molesting, assaulting or otherwise interfering’ with the person needing protection, as well as prohibiting them from stalking, intimidation, contacting or approaching the other person,
The person named as the subject of an AVO must give certain undertakings under the AVO, or challenge it in court. Breaching the conditions of an AVO is a serious offence which can result in fines or even imprisonment.
Assault Lawyers Parramatta
Assault not only means committing an act of violence upon someone but is also a possible charge if someone merely apprehends that an unlawful act of violence may be perpetrated against them.
The offence also has variations, including common assault, assaulting police, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and intentionally or recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.
There are defences to a charge of assault that your expert legal professional would explore. Self-defence, necessity and duress are the most common defences but speak with Criminal Lawyers Parramatta to understand the best approach to defending a charge of assault in your circumstance.
Break & Enter/Theft Lawyers Parramatta
Charges relating to break/enter or theft offences require a couple of key elements to be proved: entry to the premises must have been ‘forcible’ (i.e. not walking through an open door); the person accused must have committed, or intended to commit, a break and enter. For theft, the prosecution must show that the person charged intended to permanently deprive the owner of the possession.
A number of defences are also available to Criminal Lawyers Parramatta in defending you on these charges.
Domestic Violence Lawyers Parramatta
A number of recent high profile examples of domestic violence in Australia mean this issue is particularly sensitive when dealt with by the courts.
It’s a fact that no specific offence of domestic violence exists in Australian law and it is often prosecuted as intimidation or assault. Nevertheless, where violence against a partner or former partner is involved, courts accord high priority to the safety and welfare of the victim. As a result, sentencing of someone convicted of domestic violence offences will receive a custodial sentence or supervision. Additionally, breaching the conditions of an AVO through an act of violence means the court must impose a custodial sentence.
Contact Parramatta Criminal Lawyers before NSW Police interview you in connection with this charge so that your rights are protected.
Drug Offences Lawyers Parramatta
There are many variations involved in drug offences, depending on the type and quantity of the drug, and whether a person was in possession, suppling, or dealing with the proceeds of crime.
The expertise of a legal professional with detailed knowledge of the relevant legislation and how it is interpreted in the court is essential.
The prosecution must prove a number of elements, including that a person knew they had the prohibited drug in their possession, in order for the offence to lead to a conviction.
Fraud Lawyers Parramatta
When someone obtains property belonging to another person through dishonest or deceptive means or does so to their financial advantage, or by causing financial disadvantage to another person, then fraud may be alleged.
Dishonest and deceptive words or conduct may constitute fraud when combined with recklessness or intention. The penalties for this offence can range from 2 to 10 years in prison depending on the court which hears the charge.
Possession of a Prohibited Weapon in Parramatta
Using a prohibited weapon in NSW is illegal unless authorised under a permit. It’s also an offence to use a weapon for some purpose which the permit does not authorise. The penalty for doing so can be harsh, including time in prison up to 14 years.
Robbery Lawyers Parramatta
Expert legal advice is essential in dealing with this charge as a number of important elements must be proved for it to lead to a conviction. It must be demonstrated, among other elements, that the property was taken without the consent of its rightful owner, and that the property must be taken from the person of another; in the presence of another; and from the immediate personal care and protection of another.
Robbery, which includes elements of larceny and assault, also requires violence or the threat of violence in causing the victim to part with the property. The victim, however, does not need to be present when the actual taking occurs.
Assault with an intent to rob is a further offence, which occurs where someone had the intent to permanently depriving the victim of an item of the property but did not actually steal from them.
Sexual Offences Lawyers Parramatta
Consent is one of the most problematic concepts in criminal law in relation to sexual offences. It is defined in the Crimes Act as where a person ‘freely and voluntarily agrees to the sexual activity’.
In essence, a person who has sexual intercourse with another person without the consent of that person and knows they do not consent to the sexual intercourse can be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
It must be shown that a person had knowledge the victim did not consent to the sexual activity, or that they were reckless as to whether the other person consented to the sexual activity, or that the person had no reasonable grounds for believing that the alleged victim consented to the sexual activity.
Traffic Offences Lawyers Parramatta
Nearly all of us have been involved in a road accident in our lives but where there has been a violation of the law in terms of using the road, the consequences of a serious traffic offence with criminal charges can have a terrible effect on all aspects of life.
This category of offence carries a wide range of penalties, from fines, to imprisonment, suspension of licence, community corrections orders and others.
Assistance from experienced legal professionals is needed, therefore, to help ameliorate the impact of any penalty.
Discuss your option with Criminal Parramatta Lawyer
At Criminal Lawyers Parramatta we will treat your criminal law matter with understanding and discretion. At this time you need clear-headed advice and the guidance of lawyers with an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, so call us today.