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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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Good Behaviour Bonds (Qld)
In Queensland, courts have the option of sentencing a person found guilty of a criminal offence to a good behaviour bond. This sentencing option allows the courts to release an offender into the community on conditions, including the condition that they do not commit any further criminal offences. These bonds are also known as a recognisance, which is a promise to be of good behaviour for a set period of time. Good behaviour bonds may include a condition that a surety (a guarantee or an amount of money) be made as well as any other conditions that the court thinks are appropriate in the circumstances. A person who is sentenced to a good behaviour bond may or may not have a conviction entered against them, depending on the type of bond that is imposed.
There are three kinds of good behaviour bonds that can be imposed under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992. They are:
- a bond under section 19;
- a bond under sections 30, 31 or 32;
- a bond under section 24.
Good behaviour bonds under section 19
Good behaviour bonds can be issued under section 19 for any indictable or summary offence under any Queensland Act or law. The person has been found guilty of the offence, but no conviction will be recorded against them.
If a person has been found guilty of a minor drug offence, a section 19 bond may be given to allow them to enter into the court diversion program. One of the conditions of release on the bond is that they attend the program.
Drug diversion is available for those who have been charged with:
- possession of less than the schedule amount of a dangerous drug;
- possession of anything used to administer a drug
- failing to take proper care of, or failure to safely dispose of, a syringe.
This means that drug diversion is not available for matters that must be heard in the Supreme Court. Drug diversion is not available to a person who is charged with, or has past convictions for:
- a sexual offence;
- an offence of trafficking, supply, production or possession of dangerous drugs that was heard, or will be heard, in the Supreme Court;
- indictable offences that were committed using violence (not including common assault or serious assault).
Good behaviour bonds under section 24
Good behaviour bonds are issued under section 24 if a person is found guilty of an offence relating to property damage or stealing. A conviction will not be recorded against the person unless they breach the bond and are required to come back to court to be re-sentenced.
When a person enters a bond, the court will adjourn sentencing to a date not more than six months off and release them on the recognisance. They must come back to court to be sentenced if they are directed to do so.
As well as the condition that the person be of good behaviour, there can be other conditions attached to the bond that the person return or restore the property stolen or damaged, or that they pay compensation for any damage they have caused.
Good behaviour bonds under sections 30, 31 and 32
Good behaviour bonds are issued under section 30 for indictable offences. If a person is convicted on indictment the court may order that they be released on a bond (with or without sureties) for a specified period. This may be in addition to, or instead of, any other sentencing order.
The defendant will be imprisoned until they enter into the bond, although they cannot be held for longer than one year under these circumstances.
Section 31 bonds apply to summary offences. These bonds can only be imposed for a period of up to one year and will require that the person keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
Section 32 bonds can be imposed instead of any other penalty that the court has the power to impose.
Breaching a recognisance
If a person is sentenced to any good behaviour bond in Queensland and the court is satisfied that they have failed to comply with a condition, the bond may be forfeited and a warrant issued for the person’s arrest.
If a forfeiture order is made, the person will lose any surety they promised under the bond.
Under the warrant, the person can be arrested at any time, bought back to court and re-sentenced for the original offending as well as being dealt with for any new offences.
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