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."
Avoiding a Criminal Record
Any offence which results in a finding of guilt will result in the offence being listed on the person’s criminal record.
The only penalty which does not include an entry on the criminal record is Diversion.
However, in some circumstances the court has the power to order that the entry on the criminal record be made “with” or “without” a conviction.
If the penalty is a term of full-time imprisonment the court must enter a conviction.
For most other penalties the court has the power to determine whether a conviction should be imposed. In determining whether a conviction should be imposed the court must have regard to:
- the nature of the offence;
- the character and past history of the offender; anf
- the impact of the recording of a conviction on the offender’s economic or social well-being or on his or her employment prospects.
Other states in Australia have a scheme which results in “spent convictions” that may not need to be disclosed for the purpose of travel, employment and the like.
Victoria does not have such legislation. However, if you have committed a federal offence (i.e. you are being prosecuted pursuant to the Commonwealth Crimes Act 1914) the conviction will become spent 10 years after the conviction. A conviction will never be spent if the penalty was more than 30 months imprisonment.
Victoria Police have an Information Release Policy which sets out how the information contained in a criminal record is released. Even if the court orders that the penalty is to be imposed without a conviction, the offence will still appear on the criminal record.
The Information Release Policy states that after 10 years from the time that a person was last found guilty, the finding of guilt will not be released.
For advice or representation in any legal mater, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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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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