In Queensland, there are 2 types of criminal offences:
- Simple offences (or summary offences). These can include disorderly behaviour, traffic offences and minor criminal offences.
- Crimes and misdemeanours (or indictable offences). For example, murder, rape, robbery, assault, and break and enter.
The maximum penalty for an allegation of assault occasioning bodily harm is seven years imprisonment, but this can be increased to ten years imprisonment if the offender had, or pretended to have, a weapon or was in the company of other people with or without weapons. With the prospect of such a long prison term, it is not worth the risk of undertaking your own defence. If charged with a serious crime, seek legal representation immediately.
Australia still has a presumption of innocence until proven guilty and it is the job of the Prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty.
Therefore take advantage of your right to remain silent until your criminal defence lawyer arrives. Anything a person says to the police, whether in a formal interview or not, may be used in evidence against that person at their trial.
You may refuse to partake in an interview with police, however, it is an offence to withhold your name and address from police when requested.
Criminal Defence Lawyer
David is well respected by his peers for his thorough understanding of the criminal law and ability to provide clear, concise legal advice in his practice areas. He is available to appear in all state and federal courts in Australia, whether Local, Magistrates, District or Supreme and is happy to represent clients Australia wide. If you have any queries or accused of a criminal offence. Contact David Cole for expert legal representation & advice.
Defending Against A Criminal Charge
If yourself or a family member is facing a criminal charge or police investigation on the Gold Coast, it is essential to speak to a Lawyer or Criminal Defence Barrister. The consequences for being convicted of a crime on the Gold Coast can result in many different outcomes such as:
- Driver’s license disqualification.
- Community Service.
- Negative impacts on your reputation.
- Jail time.
As an experienced and skilled Criminal Defence Barrister, David can significantly impact the outcome of your criminal case for the better.
How A Criminal Barrister Can Help
David is on your side and will work diligently to fully understand your criminal matter before providing you with legal advice or representing you in court.
Your situation and legal options will be explained to you which will enable you to make informed decisions regarding your proceedings. Now that you have a clear understanding of your situation, David will provide you with expert legal advice and guide you toward achieving the best possible outcome in your criminal matter.
David has a comprehensive understanding of criminal proceedings and will provide you with the necessary knowledge and representation to beat the charges or persuade the Court to impose a lesser sentence.
For a devoted, local Criminal Barrister on the Gold Coast, contact David Cole on (07) 5630 4000. David is also available for representation and counsel in the Tweed Heads, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Maryborough and Gladstone regions.
Criminal Charges & Police Investigations
Criminal investigations can occur suddenly and carry with them serious implications and/or lifechanging consequences.
If you are placed under arrest, it is important to exercise your right to remain silent. Whilst remaining silent, ensure that you comply with the police by sharing your name and contact details if asked and avoid obstructing the police.
Do not answer any questions, make any statements or say anything until you have had the opportunity to contact a Criminal Lawyer or Barrister and obtained legal advice. It is also important to be aware that you are not required to participate in interviews with the police.
A Criminal Barrister or Lawyer can provide you with legal advice over the phone about your situation and you can use this new information to help you decide what is appropriate to say to the police and what is not.
For immediate assistance dealing with a police interview or investigation, contact David Cole now on (07) 5630 4000.
To avoid tough penalties & jail you need an experienced Lawyer to defend you. For the best possible outcome in your case, speak with David.
Use the contact form or call now on (07) 5630 4000. (Available 24/7)