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."
An assault is defined as any touch that is not consented to. In the ACT, all assault offences are provided for under the Crimes Act. Under Part 2 of the Act, they are referred to as offences against the person. As all assault matters are inflicted upon and often result in injury to another person, they are treated very seriously by the courts.
The common assault offences in the ACT are outlined below.
A common assault is an assault that occurs without any circumstances of aggravation. It may consist of a slap, push or punch, where the victim does not sustain injury. It may even consist of merely the threat of force, such as raising a fist in a way that causes a person to fear that they are going to be struck.
A common assault is punishable in the ATC by up to two years imprisonment.
Assault occasioning bodily harm
An assault occasioning actual bodily harm is an assault that result is a bodily injury to the victim, for example, a scratch or a bruise. This offence is punishable by a maximum of five years imprisonment.
Inflicting actual bodily harm
Inflicting actual bodily harm carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment. An aggravated offence of inflicting causing actual bodily harm occurs when the victim is a pregnant woman and the assault results in the loss of her child. This offence carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.
Grievous bodily harm
It is an offence, punishable by five years imprisonment, to either inflict or threaten to inflict grievous bodily harm on another person. Grievous bodily harm (GBH) is a really serious injury such as brain damage, jaw or skull fractures or severe lacerations that require surgery or nerve reconstruction.
Causing Grievous Bodily Harm can attract a penalty of up to five years imprisonment in the ACT, while intentionally causing GBH is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment (or 25 years if the victim is a pregnant woman).
Assault with intent to commit offences
An Assault With Intent To Commit Other Offences carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment. This offence occurs when a person is assaulted by someone in an attempt to steal from them or commit another indictable offence.
The offence of wounding occurs when a person is assaulted and sustains an injury that involves the skin being broken such as a cut or a stab. It is punishable by up to five years imprisonment and may be dealt with in the Magistrates Court or heard on indictment in the higher courts.
The offence of affray occurs when a person engages in violent conduct that is likely to cause another person to fear for their safety. This offence is a summary offence, carrying a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.
Resisting Police occurs when a person resists, hinders, obstructs or intimidates a public official exercising their duties. It is punishable by a maximum of two years imprisonment.
Unlike other states and territories, the ACT does not have a separate offence of assault police. A person who assaults a police officer in the ACT is likely to be charged with common assault or assault occasioning bodily harm, as the care may be.
Possess object with intent to kill
A person who has Possession Of Object With Intent To Kill or do grievous bodily harm in the ACT is guilty of an offence punishable by imprisonment for up to five years. However, this is an offence that is rarely charged.
Female genital mutilation
It is a serious offence to perform female genital mutilation in the ACT. This offence can result in a sentence of up to 15 years imprisonment regardless of whether the girl or her parents consented to the procedure. It is also an offence to take a child out of the ACT to have a clitoridectomy procedure performed.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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