Thank you Armstrong Legal, the lawyers that have helped over the past 3 years but more importantly, thank you to Thomas Allen for the major part you and Mr Buckland played. Cannot thank you enough. Cheers.
Hi all. I would like to thank Ms Lisa Riley for all her help with my legal issues this past month. It was the most harrowing experience of my life and thanks to her expertise, professionalism and knowledge of the law, I came out almost unscathed. I have no hesitation in recommending Lisa Riley and Armstrong Legal if you need help. The service is amazing and the cost was very minimal for the great outcome. Thank you Lisa for helping me in the most difficult time.
I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My whole life I was thrown away, you made me feel like I did mean something. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. Your compassion and love for your job is inspiring. Your upfront and honesty were muchly appreciated, you are a beautiful person. Thank you for not giving up on me and thank you for all the work you put in. I wish you all the best for the future and I will be recommending you to everyone I know. You're amazing!!!!
I just wanted to thank you for representing me on Monday, I was overjoyed & relieved with the outcome. I don’t think it could have gone any better. All the best, I hope you got to celebrate this one instead after work, you forever made a difference in my life.
I know I thanked you before we parted company but please allow me to reiterate in writing my sincere deepest thanks for defending me in court today. … Armstrong Legal certainly has a great Lawyer you are a credit to the company and I'm quite sure you will secure a very successful future! … My Kindest Regards and Thanks
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."
Should I Plead Guilty or Not Guilty?
The biggest question for anyone accused of a criminal offence is whether to plead guilty or not guilty. This decision may affect the sentence you receive, how long the matter takes to be finalised and whether you have a conviction recorded. A person should never plead guilty unless they agree that they are responsible for all aspect of the criminal offending that is being alleged.
If arrested and charged with offences, you should call a lawyer, as you are entitled to do. Remember that you do not have to participate in an interview just because police ask you to. In almost all cases, you should not complete an interview, with some rare exceptions.
Take your time to make an informed decision. You should ascertain what the charges against you are, take advice from a criminal lawyer and only then, give your instructions about which way you will plead.
Guilty plea means taking total responsibility for the offences
Courts acknowledge that people can plead guilty for a variety of reasons, including that they do not wish to prolong a matter or cause witnesses to have to give evidence. Whatever your motivation for pleading guilty, you need to know that when you do so you are taking responsibility for the offences unequivocally. Courts have said that a plea of guilty “amounts to a formal confession of the existence of every ingredient necessary to constitute the offence”.
Justices Dawson and McHugh said, in a much-quoted High Court case from the 1990s: “The plea of guilty must … not [be] made in circumstances suggesting that it is not a true admission of guilt. Those circumstances include ignorance, fear, duress, mistake or even the desire to gain a technical advantage … If it appears to the trial judge, for whatever reason, that a plea of guilty is not genuine, he or she must (and it is not a matter of discretion) obtain an unequivocal plea of guilty or direct that a plea of not guilty be entered. But otherwise an accused may insist upon pleading guilty.”
If there is any aspect of the charge, or part of the allegations, that you are unsure about or that you feel you may have a defence to, do not plead guilty.
Sentencing discount for pleading guilty
A plea of guilty attracts a discount on sentence. This is generally up to 25 per cent and the discount is spelt out in legislation as well as acknowledged in thousands of cases. Therefore, a plea of guilty can make the difference between going to prison or remaining in the community.
Pleading guilty can be the difference between receiving a criminal conviction which can affect your employment, travel and ability to obtain security clearances or being dealt with by way of a non-conviction order, the “Section 17” (in the ACT).
If you are charged with any matter, you will have a host of decisions to make, but the biggest will be whether to plead guilty or not guilty.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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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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