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."
When a person applies for bail in the Magistrates Court, they or their solicitor will mention the matter and state that the defendant is applying for bail. The magistrate will ask the prosecutor what the prosecution’s attitude to bail is. Bail will not always be opposed. If the prosecution consents to bail, this does not guarantee that the magistrate will grant bail; however, it is an important factor in favour of granting bail.
If the prosecution opposes bail, it is common for the informant (police officer) to be called to give evidence about the circumstances of the alleged offence and the defendant’s criminal record, as well as what the police’s concerns are about granting bail. The defence will then have an opportunity to cross-examine the Informant about their evidence.
The court will read any documents that the defence tenders. This may include character references and evidence of employment. In some cases, the court will also hear evidence from witnesses called on the defendant’s behalf.
The defence will make submissions on whether there are any unacceptable risks and if so what conditions can be imposed to mitigate those risks. These submissions may include comments on the strength of the prosecution case, the nature and seriousness of the offence as well as the defendant’s character, home environment, background and criminal history.
When appropriate, the defence may indicate to the court that someone is willing to deposit cash or security to secure the defendant’s bail. This money would be forfeited if the defendant breaches their bail.
After considering all of the material before the court, the magistrate will make a bail determination. If the defendant is granted bail, they will have to sign their bail agreement. If they are refused bail, they will be remanded in custody until the matter is finalised or until a court grants them bail.
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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