Hi all. I would like to thank Ms Lisa Riley for all her help with my legal issues this past month. It was the most harrowing experience of my life and thanks to her expertise, professionalism and knowledge of the law, I came out almost unscathed. I have no hesitation in recommending Lisa Riley and Armstrong Legal if you need help. The service is amazing and the cost was very minimal for the great outcome. Thank you Lisa for helping me in the most difficult time.
I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My whole life I was thrown away, you made me feel like I did mean something. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. Your compassion and love for your job is inspiring. Your upfront and honesty were muchly appreciated, you are a beautiful person. Thank you for not giving up on me and thank you for all the work you put in. I wish you all the best for the future and I will be recommending you to everyone I know. You're amazing!!!!
I just wanted to thank you for representing me on Monday, I was overjoyed & relieved with the outcome. I don’t think it could have gone any better. All the best, I hope you got to celebrate this one instead after work, you forever made a difference in my life.
I know I thanked you before we parted company but please allow me to reiterate in writing my sincere deepest thanks for defending me in court today. … Armstrong Legal certainly has a great Lawyer you are a credit to the company and I'm quite sure you will secure a very successful future! … My Kindest Regards and Thanks
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.
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