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
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."
Penalty Units (Vic)
A penalty unit is a measurement used to determine the amount of a fine for an offence. The value of the unit is multiplied by the number of units set for the offence by the legislation.
The use of a penalty unit is more efficient than a monetary amount given that fine amounts are constantly changing with inflation and public policy. It avoids the time and administrative costs of amending legislation.
In Victoria, the value of a penalty unit is set on 1 July each year by the Department of Treasury and Finance, under authority granted by section 5(3) of the Monetary Units Act 2004. The current value of a unit in Victoria is $165.22.
Fines in Victoria are set out in a penalty scale, from 1 penalty unit ( a fine of $165.22), to a maximum of 3000 penalty units (a fine of $495,660).
Some examples of how units are used in Victorian legislation:
- Wildlife Act 1975: To possess, breed, trade or display threatened wildlife without authorisation attracts a fine of 240 penalty units ($39,652.80) or 24 months imprisonment, or both, plus a penalty of 20 penalty units per head of wildlife.
- Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995: A builder who does not supply a building owner with a copy of a domestic building contract within five days will be liable for a fine of 10 penalty units ($1652.20).
- Summary Offences Act 1966: A person who performs tattooing on anyone aged under 18 is liable to a fine of 60 penalty units ($9913.20).
- Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013: An employer who does not keep a register of injuries is liable to a fine, for each offence, of 60 penalty units ($9913.20) for a person, or 300 units ($49,566) for a body corporate.
Fines Victoria is the agency responsible for processing and enforcing fines issued by government bodies and courts in the state. On application to Fines Victoria, a person in financial hardship may be able to pay by instalments if they receive a State Government-issued fine.
Penalty units can be converted into community service in limited circumstances. A person can apply to the Magistrates’ Court under the Magistrates’ Court Criminal Procedure Rules 2009 but an application will usually only be granted where a person is unemployed or there is an exceptional reason a fine cannot be paid off in instalments. The outstanding fine must not exceed an amount equivalent to 100 units. Every hour of community service worked converts to 0.2 of a penalty unit under the Sentencing Act 1991. While the conversion order is in force, the person can pay part of the outstanding fine, which will reduce the number of community service hours required to be worked.
If the court is satisfied by evidence on oath, affidavit, or admission that a person is in default by more than 28 days in paying a fine, then under the Act, a magistrate can:
- order the performance of community service equivalent to penalty units;
- jail the person for a term of one day per penalty unit (if there was no reasonable excuse for the non-payment, and no other order is appropriate in the circumstances);
- order the fine be levied under a warrant to seize property;
- vary the original instalment order.
For advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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