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."
An assault is the use of any force, or threat to use force, against a person that is not consented to. In Victoria, most assault offences are contained in the Crimes Act 1958. However, some are also found in the Summary Offences Act 1966. The seriousness of an alleged assault will usually determine which offence the police will prosecute.
The least serious assault offence in Victoria is unlawful assault under section 23 of the Summary Offences Act. This offence is punishable by a fine or up to three months imprisonment and is finalised in the Magistrates Court.
A person is usually charged with unlawful assault when they assault a person without injuring them.
A person who assaults a police officer in Victoria is guilty of an offence under the Crimes Act 1958 and is liable to a sentence of up to two years imprisonment.
Assault police is an indictable offence. However, it is usually dealt with summarily in the Magistrates Court.
Assault with intent to commit indictable offences
A person who commits an assault with the intent to commit other indictable offences is guilty of an offence under section 31 of the Crimes Act 1958. This offence is punishable by up to five years imprisonment.
A person commits affray if they act violently in a public place and their behaviour causes another person or persons to fear for their personal safety. The maximum penalty for affray in Victoria is ten years imprisonment.
Recklessly or intentionally causing injury
Serious assaults that result injury in Victoria are generally charged as offences of causing injury. A person who recklessly or intentionally causes injury to another person is guilty of an offence under section 18 of the Crimes Act. Injury may be unconsciousness, substantial pain, disfigurement or mental illness. It may be temporary or permanent. This offence may be punished by imprisonment for up to five years (where injury was reckless) or up to ten years (where it was intentional).
Recklessly or intentionally causing serious injury
A person may be found guilty of a more serious offence if they recklessly cause serious injury or if they intentionally cause serious injury. A serious injury is an injury that is substantial and protracted or endangers life.
This is an indictable offence that must be finalised in the County Court. It carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 15 years (where the injury was reckless) and 20 years (where it was intentional). An aggravated offence of recklessly causing injury in circumstances of gross violence occurs when a person is injured in any of a number of circumstances including where the offender planned the offence in advance, was in company with two or more other persons or where the offender cause injury to a person who was incapacitated.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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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