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."
Forum Sentencing brings together the offender, victims, and any other person affected by a crime. The purpose of bringing the parties together is to find creative solutions to repair the harm done to the victim and the community and reduce the offender’s likelihood of re-offending.
In the meeting they discuss what happened and how people were affected by the crime to prepare an ‘intervention plan’ for the offender. This intervention plan is then to be completed as part of the offender’s sentence. Outcomes of the plan may include a verbal or written apology, voluntary work, compensation, counselling, driver education and/or anything else the group feels is appropriate.
Why should my son/daughter consider applying for Forum Sentencing?
Being part of the Forum Sentencing scheme presents significant benefits including:
- Potentially leading to a better outcome than what magistrates would give normally because the successful completion of the forum sentencing program reflects favourably on your son/daughter, which may mean lighter a sentence
- Enabling your son/daughter to improve their long-term quality of life
- Helping your son/daughter break the cycle of crime which reduces their chances of reoffending.
Your son/daughter must be aware that Forum Sentencing imposes onerous requirements on them. If your son/daughter does not complete the intervention plan the court may issue a warrant for arrest and they may be required to reappear in Court.
Is my son/daughter eligible for Forum Sentencing?
Your son/daughter must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the scheme:
- Be referred by the court or successfully apply to be referred
- Be over the age of 18
- Appearing before the following Local Courts: Ballina, Balmain, Bankstown, Bellingen, Belmont, Burwood, Byron Bay, Camden Campbelltown, Casino, Central, Coffs Harbour, Downing Centre, Fairfield, Gosford, Grafton, Kogarah, Kyogle, Lismore, Liverpool, Macksville, Maclean, Moss Vale, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, Newcastle, Newtown, Parramatta, Picton, Raymond Terrace, Ryde, Sutherland, Toronto, Tweed Heads, Waverley, Woy Woy or Wyong
- Plead or be found guilty
- Be facing the likelihood of a prison sentence
- Be willing to participate
- Pass the suitability test by the Program Administrator.
Disqualification from the program may occur if your son/daughter:
- Is charged with an indictable offence
- Has been charged with certain other serious offences.
What is involved?
There are 7 steps your son/daughter will go through if they become part of the Forum Sentencing Program:
- 1) Court identifies potential participants – after your son/daughter pleads or has been found guilty the court considers their eligibility to participate in a forum. If the Magistrate and your son/daughter agree to be part of the program your son/daughter will meet with a Forum Sentencing Program Administrator for assessment.
- 2) Program Administrator confirms whether the offender is suitable – after the Program Administrator assess your son/daughter they send their recommendations to the Court to be processed.
- 3) Court confirmation of eligibility – the court will confirm whether your son/daughter is eligible based on the finding of the Program Administrator and may then arrange for a facilitator for a forum to take place.
- 4) Preparing for forum – the facilitator will then meet with victim, your son/daughter, police officer in charge of the case, and other relevant people to explain how forum sentencing operates and how they can participate.
- 5) Forum is held and setting a plan – Participants meet at the forum to discuss what happened, how it affected the victim, and how things can be made better. Participants develop a plan with the intention of repairing harm to the victim and the community and reducing the offender’s likelihood of reoffending. You son/daughter will be given a list of specific actions they agree to undertake.
- 6) Back to Court – The plan is sent back to court to be considered. If the Magistrate approves then your son/daughter is to undertake the list of actions prior to or part of the sentence.
- 7) Carrying out the plan – once your son/daughter completes the plan the Program Administrator will notify the court. If the Plan was part of a sentence and all other parts of the sentence have been completed the matter is finalised. If the case was adjourned to allow the actions detailed in the Plan to be undertaken the Court considers the offender’s completion of those actions during sentencing.
If your son, daughter or any other relative are eligible for the Forum Sentencing please call us for further assistance and representation.
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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