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My legal matter concerning an application for a Domestic Violence Order was managed by Mr Thomas Allen. I am grateful for the outcome he obtained. Without Mr Allen and his ongoing support, I would be certain of a different result. It has been an extremely stressful period. Mr Allen’s astute ability to liaise on my behalf and his expertise was invaluable and for which I am grateful as I am now able to move forward. Thanking you
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Armstrong Legal and specifically Mr Thomas Allen for representing me in my recent case. At the outset, I would like to thank Mr Allen for the very professional delivery of his legal service. From the first time that I met Mr Allen, I was very impressed with his demeanour and delivery as he made me feel at ease knowing the severity of my case. Mr Allen not only gave me the possible positive outcomes of the case but also the realisation of the worst-case scenario as far as sentencing goes. … I will certainly be recommending Armstrong Legal to any of my friends or family needing representation in criminal matters. Thank you so very much.
Thank you for your representation and help. Fingers crossed for the next step and parole. I just want to say that from the first phone call to your office, your service has been outstanding and have put my mind at ease. I am glad I picked your number to ring.
Thank you Armstrong Legal, the lawyers that have helped over the past 3 years but more importantly, thank you to Thomas Allen for the major part you and Mr Buckland played. Cannot thank you enough. Cheers.
Hi all. I would like to thank Ms Lisa Riley for all her help with my legal issues this past month. It was the most harrowing experience of my life and thanks to her expertise, professionalism and knowledge of the law, I came out almost unscathed. I have no hesitation in recommending Lisa Riley and Armstrong Legal if you need help. The service is amazing and the cost was very minimal for the great outcome. Thank you Lisa for helping me in the most difficult time.
I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My whole life I was thrown away, you made me feel like I did mean something. I could not have asked for a better lawyer. Your compassion and love for your job is inspiring. Your upfront and honesty were muchly appreciated, you are a beautiful person. Thank you for not giving up on me and thank you for all the work you put in. I wish you all the best for the future and I will be recommending you to everyone I know. You're amazing!!!!
I just wanted to thank you for representing me on Monday, I was overjoyed & relieved with the outcome. I don’t think it could have gone any better. All the best, I hope you got to celebrate this one instead after work, you forever made a difference in my life.
I know I thanked you before we parted company but please allow me to reiterate in writing my sincere deepest thanks for defending me in court today. … Armstrong Legal certainly has a great Lawyer you are a credit to the company and I'm quite sure you will secure a very successful future! … My Kindest Regards and Thanks
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.
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First Offence Penalties
It is a common misconception that summary offences are somehow not criminal offences. This is not the case. They are criminal offences that are dealt with and finalised in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.
What Penalty Will I Get for A Summary Offence?
There are many penalties available to the Court in sentencing for a summary offence. These penalties include imprisonment for some offences. They may also include an adjourned undertaking, a monetary fine or a community correction order.
There may also be a separate question as to whether your licence will be disqualified or whether you will be convicted or not.
Is It Possible to Avoid a Criminal Conviction or Criminal Record for a Summary Offence?
Yes, but only in particular circumstances.
Every offence that you are found guilty of or enter a plea of guilty to in the Magistrates’ Court will appear on your criminal record. The Magistrate has a discretion as to whether the offence will be with or without a conviction. This may be an important distinction for employment opportunities or your capacity to travel to other countries.
There may also be the possibility of diversion. Diversion programs are a way to deal with your case out of the court system and for you to avoid having a criminal record altogether. They are usually only available to people who have no prior criminal history and where the offence is relatively minor. The prosecution must agree that your case is suitable for diversion.
If you are seeking diversion it is very important to contact one of the experienced solicitors at Armstrong Legal to commence liaising with the Victoria Police as soon as practicable.
Do I Need to Attend Court?
Your summons (charge sheet) should include the date, time and place that you will need to attend Court. The summons is also likely to have a box ticked as to whether “you should go to court” or, whether “you must go to court”.
The police officer may also have told you that you do not really need to attend.
However, in our experience, you will not receive as good a result from the Court if you do not attend as if you do attend. In our view, it is important to attend the Court to demonstrate to the Magistrate that you understand the seriousness of the matter.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
It is your choice whether to represent yourself or whether to have a solicitor represent you in Court. If you are worried about the penalty that you may receive for your offence, we would advise having a solicitor represent you. For someone who is unfamiliar with the Court system, having to navigate a criminal charge can be daunting. Our solicitors specialise in these matters and will use their experience and expertise to lead you through the process to the best possible outcome.
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