Our Perth criminal lawyers have experience and expertise dealing with a variety of charges.
We can advise and represent you if you are being accused of or charged with a crime or traffic offence, including:
- Money Laundering
- Internet Crime
- Assault, sexual assault and aggravated assault
- Drug and trafficking offences
- Weapon and firearm offence
- Traffic offences
- Motor Vehicle offences causing injury or death
- Dog attack and dog bite offences
There are many ways a lawyer can help you get through the difficult experience of being arrested, interviewed by police or being charged with a crime.
The first thing to remember when being interviewed by police is that you generally have the right to remain silent. Even if you don’t think you need to worry because you are innocent, there are many reasons not to talk to the police until after you have first obtained legal advice.
If you have been arrested and charged with a serious offence, police are not entitled to hold you in custody indefinitely without bringing you before a magistrate to consider whether you should be released on bail. Special rules apply to children who are arrested.
Havilah Legal can help by making a bail application on your behalf and ensuring that if you are granted bail, you are released on the most favourable conditions available to you in the circumstances.
Finally, even if you do think you have done something wrong or illegal, pleading guilty and “copping it sweet” will rarely be your only option, even if you want the matter resolved immediately.
The charge may not accurately describe what you’ve done, which may mean you can be acquitted because you are not guilty as charged. There may be a defence that in a legal sense justifies or excuses your actions. Or it may be that the prosecutor hasn’t got enough evidence to prove you committed the alleged offence beyond a reasonable doubt.
Even if you are convicted, we can still help you by stating reasons to the Court why your sentence should be reduced (also known as a plea in mitigation) or, in less serious cases, why you should be released without severe penalty or a recorded conviction.