Monday, June 11, 2018

Four ways to avoid a disqualification..

Firstly you can defend the charge and get acquitted. There would then be no penalty such as disqualification. This assumes you have a valid defence and the Judge finds in your favour. Secondly if you have no defence and have to plead guilty you could apply for a discharge without conviction. This is rare when a charge carries a minimum statutory penalty such as disqualification. But it does happen if you can satisfy the statutory criteria. Thirdly if you have a history of disqualification you may be able to get a community based sentence substituted for disqualification. This is what lawyers call a section 94. And fourthly there may be special reasons that allow the court not to impose a disqualification such as not driving very far or just reparking the car.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Four ways you can avoid a conviction.

Firstly the allegation against you may fall within the criteria for the Police issuing you a written warning. Secondly you may be charged with an offence but offered diversion. That is a police process where if you plead guilty and make amends the Prosecution will withdraw the charge against you. Thirdly you can apply to the Court for a discharge without conviction. This can be imposed if the consequences of the offending outweigh the seriousness of the offence. And fourthly there is the old fashioned way where you plead not guilty at trial and secure an acquittal. This results when the case against you is not proven beyond reasonable doubt.

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Five ways I can help you.

How can I help you? There are five ways.

Firstly, I can talk with the Police on your behalf so they don't arrest you in front of the neighbours. Then I can attend with you at the Police Station so you do not confess to something you haven't done. I can negotiate Police bail so you are not locked up over the weekend. After that I can appear in Court on your behalf. Finally I can talk to the Judge and secure Court bail for you

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