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."
In New South Wales it is an offence to steal or take an item from a store without paying for it. This is commonly referred to as ‘shoplifting’.
Shoplifting charges are prosecuted pursuant to section 117 of the Crimes Act 1900, which is the criminal offence of Larceny. The maximum penalty for larceny is 10 years imprisonment, however where the goods taken are valued under $2,000 the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment.
Penalties for shoplifting vary depending on whether it’s the defendant’s first offence, the value of the goods and how the crime was carried out. The starting point for any offence is the recording of a criminal conviction coupled with the imposition of a fine or a good behaviour bond. That being said, it’s possible for courts to deal with someone facing shoplifting charges without recording a conviction. A non-conviction order shouldn’t be expected even if it is your first offence or relates to a small quantity of goods.
A Magistrate can order that no conviction be recorded (by granting a “section 10”) in certain circumstances. It’s important that a case is prepared thoroughly and the Magistrate has evidence of your remorse, the circumstances of the offence, character references and evidence of repayment or return of the relevant goods. It’s beneficial to obtain legal advice in relation to any charge being faced, particularly if the consequences of a conviction are likely to be far-reaching. Armstrong Legal is available to provide advice, representation and can assist in the preparation of documents for court.
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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