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 Arraignment is the court appearance in an indictable criminal matter where the charges are read for the first time before a judge or jury. Each charge is read to the court separately. The accused is then asked to enter a plea of guilty or not-guilty for each of the charges.
Arraignment will occur more than once for each criminal trial.
When does an arraignment take place?
An arraignment occurs after you have been committed for trial or sentencing in the District Court by the Local Court. Generally in a criminal trial arraignment can take place on 3 separate occasions.
- You will be arraigned before a judge in the district court at first mention.
- You will be arraigned during the pre-trial hearing. Pre-trial hearing is when questions of law are dealt with. Some examples of questions of law include, whether the court has the power to hear the case and the admissibility of evidence.
- You will again be arraigned in front of the jury before trial commences.
An arraignment before the jury panel is the formal commencement of the trial.
What happens if I plead guilty?
If you enter a plea of guilty to any of the charges, then you will be given a sentence hearing date.
What happens if I plead not-guilty?
If you elect to plead not-guilty than a trial date will normally be set. If you are represented at that time and the prosecution can confirm the date, the trial date will be fixed.
What happens if I don’t submit a plea?
If you do not answer directly to the charges read in court, the court may order a plea of “not guilty” to be entered on behalf of you.
The effect of this plea will have the same effect as if you had actually entered a plea of “not guilty”.
Can I represent myself?
You have the right to represent yourself.
However, the trial judge has the duty to make sure that you are well informed and will be able to exercise your legal rights during the trial. The judge will not tell you how should exercise your rights, for example, whether to plead guilty or not-guilty.
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.
WHY CHOOSE ARMSTRONG LEGAL?
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