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."
Spent Convictions (NSW)
There is a limitation on how long information on your convictions can be used in New South Wales. If your conviction is spent, you are not required to disclose any information concerning that conviction to any other person and any question concerning a person’s criminal history is taken to refer only to any convictions of the person which are not spent.
Which convictions are capable of becoming spent?
All convictions are capable of becoming spent, except the following:
- convictions for which a prison sentence of more than 6 months has been imposed,
- convictions for sexual offences,
- convictions imposed against bodies corporate (e.g. a company),
- convictions prescribed by the regulations
When is a Conviction Spent?
A conviction is spent on completion of the relevant crime-free period. The crime-free period for adults is ten consecutive years, while for children it is three consecutive years.
Disclosure to Employers
Section 12 of the Criminal records Act states that any question concerning a person’s criminal history is taken to refer only to any conviction of the person which are not spent. Quite often employers will ask whether a person has been arrested by the police and not whether they have been convicted of an offence. The effect of section 12 is that a person is under no obligation to disclose any matter other than convictions that have not been spent.
Traffic Offences and spent convictions
A conviction for a traffic offence and any period of imprisonment imposed as a consequence are to be disregarded in calculating the crime-free period for a conviction for a non-traffic offence.
A conviction for a traffic offence is only relevant in calculating the crime-free period for a conviction for an earlier traffic offence.
A conviction for a non-traffic offence and any period of imprisonment imposed as a consequence are to be disregarded in calculating the crime-free period for a conviction of a traffic offence.
A conviction for a non-traffic offence is relevant only in calculating the crime-free period for an earlier non-traffic offence.
Nevertheless, the following traffic offences are relevant to calculating the crime-free period for any conviction:
- Culpable driving
- Dangerous driving causing death
- Dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm
- Injury by furious driving
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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