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.
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Arson is a serious criminal offence. This is evident from the maximum penalty – imprisonment for life. Courts imposing sentences for arson will, except in the most exceptional circumstances, regard a sentence of immediate imprisonment as appropriate.
The Offence of Arson
The offence of arson is created by section 461 of the Criminal Code Act 1999 which states any person who wilfully and unlawfully sets fire to:
- a building or structure;
- a motor vehicle, train, aircraft or vessel;
- any stack of cultivated vegetable produce, or of mineral or vegetable fuel; or
- a mine, or the workings, fittings, or appliances of a mine
is guilty of a crime, and is liable to imprisonment for life.
What Actions Might Constitute Arson?
- Pouring petrol on a stolen car and lighting it.
- Setting fire to an abandoned house.
- Igniting a Molotov cocktail and throwing it through the front window of a house, causing a fire to start inside.
What must be proven
The prosecution must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt for the accused to be found guilty;
- that they set fire to the property; and
- did so wilfully; and
- did so unlawfully.
Possible Defences to Arson
An arson charge can be defended by arguing that:
- The accused did not have the requisite intent;
- The accused had a lawful reason for setting fire to the property;
- The flame did not actually burn the property;
- The accused was too young and lacked the maturity to understand the nature of their actions (if the accused is below the age of 14);
- The accused was mentally impaired to the point of not being able to understand the nature of their actions.
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
Arson is a strictly indictable offence which means it is heard and determined in the District Court.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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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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