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."
Going to Court in NSW
This is a brief guide for those who are appearing before the Court in New South Wales for the first time. It is important to remember that unlike other formal settings, very real and serious consequences can be incurred if you fail to act appropriately.
This list is not exhaustive, however, should provide you with some helpful tips for when you attend any Court for the first time.
1) Understand your Charge(s) and the Maximum Penalties
- Depending on what you have been charged with the penalties for specific offences vary greatly.
- This can vary from fines to terms of imprisonment.
- If you do not know, it is important that you seek legal advice.
2) Know how to Plead
In any criminal matter, you can either plead Guilty or Not Guilty. On the first time, the matter is before the Court you will be asked by the Magistrate how you wish to plead (there can be some exceptions to this general rule):
PLEA OF NOT GUILTY
- If you did not commit the offence or have a lawful defence (such as self-defence) you should enter a plea of Not Guilty.
- This means that your matter will not be heard on the first occasion.
- Your matter will be set down for a hearing date where you will be required to give evidence and call witnesses in your defence.
- Depending on how busy the court is and how complicated your matter, this may be several months away.
PLEA OF GUILTY
- This is when you admit to committing the offence.
- Your matter may be dealt with on that day, otherwise, you can ask for an adjournment to seek legal representation or gather subjective material.
- If your matter is to be dealt with on that first occasion, you will be given an opportunity by the Magistrate/Judge to provide an explanation.
3) Be Prepared
Nothing frustrates the Court more than defendants that are not prepared. The Court is a formal place that requires documentation and evidence. If you have subjective material to tender, have three copies, one for the Magistrate/Judge, one for the prosecutor and one for yourself. Examples of subjective material include:
- Character references;
- Doctor certificates;
- Letters of apology;
- Photographs or maps;
- Receipts or invoices; and
- Certificates of completion of programmes.
3) General Etiquette
In the formal setting of a Courtroom, it is important to conduct yourself appropriately. Failure to do so can result in being ejected from the Court, fines and even imprisonment. Some helpful tips on etiquette include:
- Treat the Magistrate/Judge with respect;
- Be punctual – matters are usually all listed to begin at either 9:00 am or 9:30 am depending on the Court location and hours of operation;
- Appropriate attire – smart casual or business attire is best;
- No use of profanities (unless if asked by the Court to repeat exactly what has been said);
- Personal hygiene – clean clothes and self;
- Patience – be prepared to sit there quietly for a lengthy period;
- Turn off your mobile phone; and
- No food or drink in the Courtroom.
If you have a matter listed before the Court and you were considering representing yourself, we suggest that you contact Armstrong Legal before doing so. It is very likely that you may need some legal advice that is timely and accurate. This can save you time, money and the embarrassment of a difficult court appearance.
Please feel free to contact Armstrong Legal Criminal Team on 1300 038 223 for an obligation free consultation.
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?
201 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
575 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
231 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000
1 Farrell Place
Canberra ACT 2601
111 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000