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 be in a group of three or more people who use or threaten to use violence. The actions of the group taken as a whole must be such that an ordinary person would fear for their safety. A person can be charged with this offence if they are one of three or more people who are acting in a way that would cause others to fear for their safety. You can be charged with the offence whether it is you that threatens to use violence or uses violence, or whether you are merely present within a group that does.
The Offence of Violent Disorder
The offence of Violent Disorder is contained in section 11A(1) of the Summary Offences Act 1988 and states:
If 3 or more persons who are present together use or threaten unlawful violence and the conduct of them (taken together) is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his or her personal safety, each of the persons using or threatening unlawful violence is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months.
What Actions Might Constitute Violent Disorder?
Examples of this offence include:
- Walking through a shopping mall with two other men who are yelling intimidating and threatening things at shoppers including, “I’m going to smash ya” and, “I’ll kill you if you don’t get out of our way!”;
- Participating in a protest that has turned violent; and
- Walking through the streets with two other friends and smashing beer bottles and shoving passers-by.
What the Police Must Prove
To convict a person of this offence the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That they were present together with two or more other people;
- The group collectively was using or threatening to use violence; and
- The group’s conduct together would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for their personal safety.
Possible Defences for Violent Disorder
A person charged with violent disorder could validly argue any of the following defences:
- That they were not part of the group;
- That there were not three or more people in the group;
- That the group was not using or threatening to use violence;
- That a person of reasonable firmness would not have feared for their personal safety;
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
The offence is a summary offence and can only be finalised in the Local Court.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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