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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.
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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.
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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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How to Write a Letter of Apology for Court
When you have plead guilty to a criminal offence in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria the Magistrate will take into consideration a number of factors when deciding on the appropriate penalty. These factors include your remorse for the offending and the likelihood, or unlikelihood, that you will offend again.
Generally, you will not be expected to speak directly to the Magistrate if you have hired a lawyer for your plea hearing. For this reason, it can be helpful if you write a letter to the Magistrate explaining how you feel about the offending and needing to appear at court, what you have learned and why you won’t offend again.
There is a temptation to copy examples of apology letters from the internet or from friends who have been in a similar situation. However, we advise against this, as Magistrates can tell when the words in your apology letter are not your own. You should keep in mind that Magistrates read hundreds of similar letters every week and can easily see when you have used a template or draft from online.
If you do use a draft prepared by someone else, it might make the Magistrate think that you are not apologetic and have not learned anything. This may lead to them giving you a harsher penalty than if you had shown sincere remorse through your own words. There really is no such thing as a bad apology letter if you have put effort in and been honest with the court. The Magistrate doesn’t want to read a perfectly written piece, they want to see what you genuinely think and feel.
When you are looking for guidance about how to start or what to write in your apology letter, we recommend that you consider the advice below about what you could cover and what you should avoid when writing your letter.
Hints and Tips for Drafting Your Letter
- Address the letter to “The Presiding Magistrate” or “Your Honour”;
- Sign and date the letter;
- Ensure the contents of the letter fit on to one A4 page; and
- Put the letter on business letterhead if you are self-employed.
What You Could Cover
- How you felt when you were caught by police;
- What you have learned from a Road Trauma Awareness Seminar, ReGen Program or some other form of counselling, therapy or treatment;
- Briefly address any impact that possible penalties might have on you and your family;
- How your offending could have impacted on others (such as Police, emergency services, any victims, your family, society in general, the Court) and how you feel about that;
- How you felt telling people about your offence and asking them for character references;
- Why your offence is so serious and how you feel knowing that you have committed it;
- Why you will not offend again.
What to Avoid
- Justifying your actions;
- Presenting an argument for leniency;
- Asking the Magistrate for certain outcomes; and
Focusing on the impact that the penalty might have on you rather than the seriousness of your offence and how sorry you are.
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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