GET IT RIGHT FROM THE START
Obtaining expert advice about your criminal law matter at the outset is imperative. Unlike general practice or multi-disciplinary law firms, we solely focus on criminal law. This means we can dedicate all of our time and resources to understanding the complexities of criminal law and leave no stone unturned when fighting for our clients.
Criminal law isn’t just about advocating in the courtroom before a jury or magistrate. Expert advice starts during the investigation, where your interactions with police can potentially determine the outcome of your matter. First and foremost, we always advise our clients to exercise their rights to silence and decline any police interview until they obtain advice from a criminal lawyer.
Apart from questioning, it’s important you understand your rights and obligations when it comes to searches, warrants and bail conditions. This advice should be obtained at the earliest possible time.
The importance of negotiation
A common pitfall of inexperienced lawyers is taking client’s matters to trial or sentence when they shouldn’t have been there in the first place. As expert criminal lawyers, we understand evidence and the law to identify where a person shouldn’t be charged or a lesser charge is more appropriate.
Negotiations with police prosecutions and the DPP are entirely confidential and generally without any risk. At Hans Legal, we have negotiated countless matters leading to charges being reduced or withdrawn altogether. Aside from the obvious benefits in the legal outcome and penalty for our clients, successful negotiation usually results in less costs and delay than if the matter were pointlessly drawn out in court.
MAKING YOUR BEST CASE IN COURT
Sometimes going to court can’t be avoided. When it happens, you’ll want a criminal lawyer who is experienced and skilled in advocacy. We regularly act for clients in sentences, trials, bail applications, committal hearings and appeals.
Advocacy is all about persuasion. Having appeared in court thousands of times, we can quickly identify the issue in question from a jury, magistrate or judge. Whether the issue is about a conviction being recorded or a person being sent to prison, we have dealt with them all countless times and have learned what to say and what not to say.
When it comes to sentences, actions often speak louder than words. An expert criminal lawyer can advise you at an early stage about the things you can do to assist in getting the best possible outcome. For drug offences, that might mean undertaking rehabilitation and obtaining clean drug tests. For property related offences, that might mean making your best efforts to make early restitution towards any loss caused.
We deal with all sorts of criminal charges and proceedings
Although no two cases are the same, you can rest assured we have dealt with matters just like yours before. Here are some of the more common things we deal with on a daily basis:
- Possessing dangerous drugs
- Producing dangerous drugs
- Supplying dangerous drugs
- Trafficking in dangerous drugs
- Importation of drugs
- Permitting use of place to be used for a drug offence
- Possess utensils or pipes
- Sexual assault
- Indecent exposure
- Maintaining a sexual relationship with a child
- Indecent treatment of a child
- Possessing, making and distributing child exploitation material
- Assault occasioning bodily harm
- Common assault
- Serious assault
- Assault or obstruct police
- Grievous bodily harm
- Breach or contravention of domestic violence order
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence
Weapons and Offences in Public
- Unlawful possession of weapon
- Possession of a knife in a public place or school
- Unlawful supply of weapons
- Public nuisance
- Being intoxicated in a public place
Dishonesty and Property Offences
- Unlawful dealing with shop goods
- Burglary or enter dwelling
- Enter premises and commit indictable offence
- Stealing as a servant or clerk
- Unlawful use of motor vehicle
- Wilful damage
- Bail applications and applications to vary bail
- Committal hearings
- Proceeds of crime and confiscation applications
- Coercive hearings
- Coronial inquests
- Professional disciplinary proceedings