Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
How a Court Determines Whether to Grant Bail
Section 22 of the Bail Act sets out what a court must consider when deciding a bail application made by an adult in the ACT.
Section 22 of the Bail Act
Section 22 of the BAil Act reads:
- In making a decision about the grant of bail to an adult in relation to an offence, a court or authorised officer must consider—
- the likelihood of the person appearing in court in relation to the offence; and
- the likelihood of the person, while released on bail—
- committing an offence; or
- harassing or endangering the safety or welfare of anyone; or
- interfering with evidence, intimidating a witness, or otherwise obstructing the course of justice, in relation to the person or anyone else; and
- the interests of the person.
- Also, if the person is convicted of an indictable offence, or the elements of an indictable offence are proven in relation to the person, but the person has not been sentenced, a court must consider the likelihood of the person being given a sentence of imprisonment.
- In considering the matters mentioned in subsection (1) or (2), the court or authorised officer may have regard to any relevant matter, including—
- the nature and seriousness of the offence; or
- the person’s character, background and community ties; or
- the likely effect of a refusal of bail on the person’s family or dependants; or
- any previous grants of bail to the person; or
- the strength of the evidence against the person.
Bail applications by children
The Bail Act provides extra criteria for granting bail to children, with the best interest of the child being a primary consideration. When a child applies for bail, the principles set out in the Children and Young People Act 2008 must also be considered. These are:
- A child (under 12 years old) or young person (12 years or older, but younger than 18) may only be detained in custody for an offence (whether on arrest, on remand or under sentence) as a last resort and for the minimum time necessary.
- Children, young people and other young offenders should be dealt with in the criminal-law system in a way consistent with their age, maturity and developmental capacity and have at least the same rights and protection before the law as would adults in similar circumstances.
- It is a high priority that intervention with young offenders must promote their rehabilitation, and must be balanced with the rights of any victim of the young offender’s offence and the interests of the community.
A court hearing a criminal proceeding in relation to or against a child or young person may order the director‑general responsible for the Children and Young People Act to give the court a report about the child or young person and that report, if ordered, must be considered when the court is deciding bail.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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