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My legal matter concerning an application for a Domestic Violence Order was managed by Mr Thomas Allen. I am grateful for the outcome he obtained. Without Mr Allen and his ongoing support, I would be certain of a different result. It has been an extremely stressful period. Mr Allen’s astute ability to liaise on my behalf and his expertise was invaluable and for which I am grateful as I am now able to move forward. Thanking you
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Armstrong Legal and specifically Mr Thomas Allen for representing me in my recent case. At the outset, I would like to thank Mr Allen for the very professional delivery of his legal service. From the first time that I met Mr Allen, I was very impressed with his demeanour and delivery as he made me feel at ease knowing the severity of my case. Mr Allen not only gave me the possible positive outcomes of the case but also the realisation of the worst-case scenario as far as sentencing goes. … I will certainly be recommending Armstrong Legal to any of my friends or family needing representation in criminal matters. Thank you so very much.
Thank you for your representation and help. Fingers crossed for the next step and parole. I just want to say that from the first phone call to your office, your service has been outstanding and have put my mind at ease. I am glad I picked your number to ring.
Thank you Armstrong Legal, the lawyers that have helped over the past 3 years but more importantly, thank you to Thomas Allen for the major part you and Mr Buckland played. Cannot thank you enough. Cheers.
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.
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Police And Identity Checks
Police in New South Wales are granted various powers by the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002. It is important for people to understand their rights when approached by police, especially in relation to identity checks.
The Act specifies when a police officer can require a person to disclose their identity. Such circumstances include when the officer:
- reasonably suspects a person can help investigate an alleged offence because the person was at or near the place it allegedly occurred, whether before, when or soon after it occurred, the officer can require the person to identify themselves;
- wants to direct that person to leave a public place;
- believes an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) has been made against the
Anyone who fails or refuses to disclose their identity without reasonable excuse is liable to a fine of up to 2 penalty units ($266.90). If someone gives a false name, or an address that is not full and correct, they are also liable to the same fine.
The police officer can ask the person to provide proof of their identity.
Other Acts specify situations in which a police officer can require a person to disclose their identity. These include when the officer:
- suspects a person is aged under 18 and carrying or consuming alcohol in a public place (Summary Offences Act 1988)
- is trying to serve a fine default warrant (Fines Act 1966)
- suspects a person has or may become involved in a large-scale public disorder (Crimes Act 1900)
Identity checks and motorists
If a police officer reasonable suspects a vehicle is, was or may have been used in connection with an indictable offence (a serious crime such as murder, rape or armed robbery) the officer has certain rights when it comes to identification. The officer can require:
- the driver to disclose their identity and that of any passenger at the time the vehicle was last used or when a direction was given to stop the vehicle;
- any passenger to disclose their identity, that of any other passenger, and the driver, at the time the vehicle was last used or when a direction was given to stop the vehicle;
- the vehicle’s owner (who may have been the driver or a passenger) to disclose the identity of the driver and that of any passenger at the time the vehicle was last used or when a direction was given to stop the vehicle.
If the driver or a passenger fail or refuse to disclose their identity without reasonable excuse, they are liable to a fine of up to 50 penalty units ($6672.50) or 12 months imprisonment or both. The same penalty applies to a driver or a passenger or a vehicle owner who does not disclose the identity of any driver of, or any passenger in, the vehicle. It also applies if someone gives a false name, or an address that is not full and correct.
Police can require a person to remove their face covering so the officer can see the person’s face if this is needed to provide photographic identification or so the person can be identified. The officer must ask for the person’s co-operation, and view the person’s face in a way that affords them reasonable privacy (if requested) and is as quick as reasonably practicable. Non-compliance makes a person liable to a fine of up to 50 penalty units ($6672.50) or 12 months imprisonment or both. A person may have a “special justification” for not removing a face covering is they have a legitimate medical reason or another excuse prescribe din regulations.
If a person believes a police officer may have misused their power in relation to requiring identification, the person can make a complaint. A complaint can be made at the local police station (by asking to see the duty officer of Local Area Commander), to the Commissioner of Police, or to the NSW Ombudsman’s office.
For advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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