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.
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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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Intentionally or Recklessly Causing a Bushfire
In Victoria, intentionally or recklessly causing a bushfire carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment. Intentionally or recklessly causing a bushfire is a very serious offence. A person charged with this offence may also be charged with a range of other offences depending on any damage to property, injury caused or lives lost as a result of the fire.
The offence of intentionally or recklessly causing a bushfire is contained in section 201A of the Crimes Act 1958 which states: A person who –
- intentionally or recklessly causes a fire; and
- is reckless as to the spread of the fire to vegetation on property belonging to another –
is guilty of an offence and liable to level 4 imprisonment (15 year maximum)
What Actions Might Constitute Intentionally or Recklessly Causing a Bushfire
Under this provision “causing a fire” includes:
- Lighting a fire;
- Maintaining a fire;
- Failing to contain a fire, except where the fire was lit by another person or the fire is beyond the control of the person who lit the fire.
“Spread of the fire” means the spread of the fire beyond the capacity of the person who caused the fire to extinguish it.
What the Police Must Prove
To find a person guilty of intentionally or recklessly causing a bushfire, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That you intentionally or recklessly;
- caused a fire; and,
- were reckless as to the spread of the fire to vegetation or property belonging to another person.
A person is not to have acted recklessly if the person caused the fire in the course of carrying out a fire prevention, fire suppression or other land management activity. A person has also not acted recklessly if the causing of the fire was permissible under an Act or a Code of Practice under an Act and the person acted in accordance with the relevant provision.
Possible Defences for Intentionally or Recklessly Causing a Bushfire
A person charged with this offence may argue in their defence that:
- They acted under duress;
- Their acts were not done intentionally or recklessly;
- Their acts were done in accordance with an Act or a Code of Practice approved under an Act;
- They were of immature age (if the accused is under 14).
Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?
Intentionally or recklessly causing a bushfire is an indictable offence which must be heard in the County Court.
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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