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."
Resisting Police or Resist Arrest
In New South Wales it is an offence to interfere with police or prevent police from doing their job. A person can be charged with this offence if they do something that amounts to ‘resisting’ or ‘hindering’ police while they are working. A person can also be charged if they encourage someone else to ‘resist’, ‘hinder’ or assault police. The maximum penalty for resisting police or resist arrest is 10 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months.
The offence is contained in s546C of the Crimes Act 1900.
What actions might constitute resisting police?
Common examples of this offence include:
- Running away from police who are trying to arrest you;
- Struggling with police who are trying to handcuff you after placing you under arrest;
- Continually blocking access through a doorway or laneway to prevent police from searching it;
- Lying to police;
- Encouraging or egging on a mate to throw something at police; or
- Telling someone to run away from Police who are trying to arrest them.
What the police must prove
To convict a person of resisting police, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The accused either,
- Resisted or hindered police; OR
- Encouraged someone else to resist, hinder or assault police;
- The person was a police officer in the NSW Police Force; and
- The police officer was carrying out their duties as a police officer at that time.
Possible defences to resisting police
A person may defend a charge of resisting police by arguing:
- To argue that the person was not a police officer in the NSW Police Force;
- To argue that they were not working at the time, or that what they did was outside their duties as a police officer;
- To argue that police were acting illegally; or
Which court will hear your matter
The offence is a summary offence and can only be finalised in the Local Court
Will I get a criminal record?
A criminal conviction is very likely unless the court is convinced that they should exercise their discretion not to convict you of the offence.
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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