Guilty Pleas

We handle pleas of guilty to all offences. We aim to lessen your penalty as much as possible.

In all of these matters we are happy to assist you and put before the Court credible and cogent reasons why a conviction should not be recorded but if one is ultimately recorded, that the penalty/fine associated with the offence should be the minimum. With an excellent driving record we can on occasions have no penalty or fine imposed.

We are experts at proffering a plea of guilt on your behalf and of course we would require you to assist in this matter with suitable references from friends, family members all of which should state that they are aware of the specific charge against you otherwise the reference will have no merit and not be accepted by the Magistrate. The penalty that you receive at Court cannot be precisely predicted. It is simply a matter of pleading before the Court details of your good character, the fact that it was a one off incident and supporting it with various references and details of your good community minded and family oriented attitude. We will spend time with you to prepare submissions which will be lodged on your behalf which will be put before the court by our expert lawyers. You will not be required to speak but you must be present at the Court. We can generally deal with it on the first return date before the Court if pleading guilty.

We as expert lawyers in this area know what the courts want to hear and can make submissions about it and understand the technicalities that allow you to receive the minimum penalties and disqualification period. Additionally we will advise you if you have suitable defences that may allow you to successful defend these actions. We will take the stress and anxiety out of the Court process for you and obtain the best possible result.

Court Process – What will in fact occur at Court?

If you plead guilty we will advise the Magistrate on your behalf that you are pleading guilty and speak on your behalf whilst you are present at the Court. Documents will be tendered generally by the otherside being a set of facts about what occurred and we will have the opportunity prior to those facts being tendered to negotiate with the prosecution if at all possible so that the best possible facts are reflected in what is tendered. We will speak on your behalf explaining why the incident occurred, how it occurred and point out all the positive matters in your favour and tender references. The matter will usually take between one to two hours as a maximum. If the Magistrate gives you an unusually harsh sentence we will advise you as to your rights of appeal and there are certain time limitations within which to lodge the appeal generally 28 days. It may be that ultimately you are given a good behaviour bond, a community service order, a suspended sentence, periodic detention, home detention and/or gaol but this all of course depends on the type of offence before the Court. Generally only in most serious criminal matters will there be community service orders and/or periodic detention/gaol. As regards traffic offences however, the matter will generally be resolved either with a small disqualification and financial penalty or alternatively if it is your first offence and you have exceptional facts in your favour, the matter may be dismissed and no criminal record or penalty imposed.

We as expert lawyers in this area know what the courts want to hear and can make submissions about it and understand the technicalities that allow you to receive the minimum penalties and disqualification period. Additionally we will advise you if you have suitable defences that may allow you to successful defend these actions. We will take the stress and anxiety out of the Court process for you and obtain the best possible result.