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."
Avoiding a Criminal Record For Drug Offences
Drug offences in New South Wales are governed by the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act while sentences are imposed under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act. This page answers some questions that are frequently asked about drug offences including whether avoiding a criminal record is possible. This article is not a substitute for legal advice and if you have been charged with drug offences you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
Will I get a Criminal Record for a Drug Possession Matter?
A criminal conviction is very likely unless the court is convinced that it should exercise its discretion not to convict you of the offence.
Avoiding a Criminal Record
Although it is possible to avoid a criminal record for a charge of possessing a prohibited drug, the starting point for the court is always a conviction. Arguments in favour of not imposing a conviction are that the defendant is very young and it is their first offence or that a conviction will impact their current or future employment opportunities.
What is a Section 10?
The expression ‘section 10’ refers to section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. This section allows a court that finds a person guilty of an offence, to discharge them without recording a conviction. When this occurs, there is no conviction and no criminal record.
How can I Obtain a Section 10?
Courts do not give out section 10s lightly. A court will usually need a lot of convincing before granting a person a section 10. In deciding whether to give a person a section 10, the court must consider the following issues:
- Their age, character, record, health and mental condition
- The trivial nature of the offence
- Any extenuating circumstances
- Anything else the court perceives to be relevant
Can I pay a Greater Fine to Avoid a Criminal Record?
No. It is not possible to pay a larger fine to avoid a criminal conviction. If the court deals with you under section 10 there will be no fine, but there may be court costs (normally less than $80)
What are my Chances of Obtaining a Section 10?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to your likelihood to be dealt with under section 10. To learn more about your chances of obtaining a section 10, call one of our criminal law experts on (02) 9261 4555.
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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