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."
Proceeds of Crime
In Victoria, it is an offence to accept ownership of, or responsibility for, property or money after a crime. Offences of this nature are dealt with under section 88 and sections 194-195A of the Crimes Act 1958.
It is clear the courts take this type of offending very seriously, particularly given the maximum penalties for the charges outlined below range from 2 years to 20 years imprisonment. The accused person need not be involved in the actual theft of property, or necessarily be aware of the details of a theft, to be charged with crimes of this nature.
The Victorian legislation provides for a variety of offences and associated maximum penalties depending on the knowledge of the accused. In circumstances where the accused knew property was stolen, and they intended to conceal or take ownership of the stolen property, the penalty will be much higher than for other offenders.
Conversely, if an accused person did not know, but was negligent as to whether property was stolen, the maximum penalty is much less. As an example, this offence might occur in circumstances where the accused’s partner came home one day with a new car, but the car had no number plates. The accused did not ask any questions and started using the car. In these circumstances, Victoria Police might charge the accused with being negligent as to whether or not the car was stolen.
Proceeds of crime offences may be heard in either the Magistrates’ Court or the County Court of Victoria. Factors such as the value of the stolen property, the knowledge of the accused and the record of the accused will be relevant to the most appropriate forum for the hearing of the offending.
If you have been charged with an offence involving handling stolen goods or dealing with proceeds of crime, you must ultimately decide whether to plead guilty or not guilty to the offence/s against you. By entering a plea of guilty, a sentence hearing will be heard before a magistrate or judge. Your lawyer will make submissions on your behalf and the magistrate or judge will order a penalty against you. By entering a plea of not guilty, there will be a hearing on the evidence before the court and a decision will be made as to your innocence or guilt.
Armstrong Legal’s specialist criminal law team are available to represent you. We appreciate the often difficult circumstances surrounding allegations of this nature and will ensure you have representation of the highest calibre from the outset.
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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