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."
Recognizance Release Orders
When sentencing a person for a federal offence a court may discharge the person on the condition that he or she enter into a recognizance release order (“RRO”). Such an order may be made with or without a conviction being recorded, and with or without a sentence of imprisonment.
There are 4 types of RROs. Which type is considered appropriate will depend on the seriousness of the offence, the offender’s personal circumstances, and intended severity of the sentence.
RRO without Conviction
This type of RRO is made where the court finds a person guilty of an offence and, without recording a conviction, discharges the offender on the condition that:
- upon giving security, with or without sureties, by recognizance (effectively, a “good behaviour bond”) or otherwise, they satisfy the court that he or she will comply with the following conditions:
- be of good behaviour for a period not exceeding 3 years;
- make such reparation or restitution, or pay such compensation, in respect of the offence or offences concerned (if any), or pay such costs in respect of his or her prosecution for the offence or offences concerned (if any), as the court specifies in the order;
- during a period, not exceeding 2 years, comply with such other conditions (if any) as the court specifies (which may include a condition that the person will be subject to the supervision of a probation officer and obey all reasonable directions of a probation officer.
RRO with Conviction
This type of RRO is made where the person is convicted, but before moving to sentence, the court releases the offender upon entering into RRO for a specified period. This power is contained in section 20(1)(a) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) and is similar to a conditional release order with conviction under NSW law.
This type of RRO has the same conditions as a RRO without conviction, however the term of the good behaviour period can be up to 5 years and the court can impose a fine.
Imprisonment with immediate release on RRO
This type of RRO is ordered when a federal offender is sentenced to imprisonment, but the court suspends the imposition of the sentence of imprisonment and instead directs that the offender be released immediately, upon entering a RRO for a specified period. The power is contained in section 20(1)(b) Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) and is similar to the now non-existent to power suspend a prison sentence under NSW law.
Imprisonment with later release on RRO
This type of RRO is ordered when a federal offender is sentenced to a term of imprisonment and, after having served a specified period of that term or paying a required security, is then released on an RRO for the remainder of that term. That power is contained in section 20(1)(b) Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).
If you require advice on recognizance release orders or any other legal matter, please call us on 1300 038 223 or email us.
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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