Criminal Law. Help for Citizens and Visa holders in dealing with the Criminal Justice System
Going to Court? Police interview? Intervention order?
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AR LAW Services – Expert Legal advice for Non Citizens
AR LAW Services provides expert and sound legal advice to our clients. We are particularly expert in s 501 character issues. With over 20 years experience we understand that Visa holders face special legal issues and are significantly more vulnerable then Australian Citizens when dealing with the Australian Criminal Justice system. It is understanding this “interface” or “intersection” of the criminal and Migration laws that AR LAW Services can significantly help. Our team draws on a wide range of experience over many.
We provide legal representation for matters relating to:
- Break & Enter
- Computer Fraud
- Drink Driving
- Drug Offences
- Negligent Driving Offences
- Parking Offences
- Social Welfare / Pension & Benefit Fraud
Our criminal services include:
- Bail applications
- Magistrates Court
- Traffic Matters
- Advice and Representation in connection with Police investigations
HAVE YOU BEEN ARRESTED?
If the Police believe you have committed or are committing an offence, they are entitled to ARREST you. The Police must tell you why you have been arrested.
If you are under arrest you are entitled to certain rights. Being under ARREST is very serious and it is always in your best interest to know what those rights are if you find yourself in that position. If you do not know your rights you might do something or say something that could hurt your case later on.
Most people, after being arrested and interviewed, are not on BAIL. Most people are charged on summons and are free to leave the Police station without any conditions. However, if you are charged with more serious or indictable offences, you will be placed on BAIL and will have to fulfil certain conditions, such as attending court on a specific date or, in very serious cases, attending a Police Station daily.
BAIL is an inherent right of any individual and is usually only declined in very serious cases such as particularly violent offences and serious drug offences. But there are several different things that you or the Police need to show if bail is an issue, particularly if you want to vary your conditions of bail. Its important that you understand the sort of options you might have available to you if you are out on bail or are looking to be bailed.
If the charges against you are not dropped the matter will proceed to COURT. The seriousness of the charge will determine which Court will hear the matter. Most criminal offences are heard before the Magistrates Court. Sometimes your case will be heard by a Judge. Sometimes your case will be heard by a Judge and Jury. In some cases you might have an option about which COURT your case can be heard in. Knowing the possible decisions available to you and which choices to make can play heavily in how you fare when navigating the criminal justice system. The more information you have, the better off you will be.
No matter which COURT you happen to be in, you should seek legal representation. This will give you a much better chance of receiving a fair result.