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."
When the police ask you to participate in an interview, it is important to be aware of what your rights are. These include being allowed to contact a lawyer if you want to do so and refusing to answer the police’s questions. If you are placed under arrest, you have the right to be told what offence you are being arrested for.
When police ask you for your name and address, you have to provide them. However, you do not have to tell them anything else. If you choose to participate in an interview, what you say can be used as evidence against you in court.
Before interviewing a person, the police must formally caution them. A caution involves the police reading your rights to you.
The standard Victoria Police caution is as follows:
- I must inform you that you do not have to say or do anything but anything you say or do may be given in evidence in Court. Do you understand?
- I must also inform you of your following rights:
- You may communicate with or attempt to communicate with a friend or a relative to inform that person of your whereabouts.
- You may communicate with or attempt to communicate with a legal practitioner.
The caution is written on the inside of the folders Victoria Police use for each suspect. It is likely the caution will be read directly to you from the folder.
If you do not know the number of a family member or friend you wish to call you can ask the police to access your mobile phone to provide that number to you. Victoria Police do not have to assist you with this but they will if you are polite and respectful.
It is crucial you call a lawyer after police read you your rights. If you do not have a lawyer, police can provide you with the contact number of a lawyer.
Recordings of interviews
If you are being interviewed for an indictable offence, Victoria Police must record the interview with you and provide you with a copy of the recording when you are released from custody. If you are not released from custody, the recording of your interview will stay with your belongings until you are able to provide it to your lawyer.
If you are being interviewed for a summary offence, such as unlawful assault or being drunk in a public place, police can ask you questions and write your answers down. This is referred to as a “Field Statement”. You will be provided with a copy of the Field Statement when you receive the brief of evidence from Victoria Police in the future.
How to Answer Questions
You will generally be interviewed by two police officers. You can choose to answer all or none of the questions asked by Victoria Police. If you choose not to answer a question, simply say “no comment”. The police should then move on to their next question.
It is always our advice that you provide a complete ‘no comment’ interview. This means you would confirm your name, address and nothing else. You can tell the Informant on arrival at the police station that you will be making a no comment interview.
Making a no comment interview cannot be used against you later on. Victoria Police cannot refer to your refusal to answer questions to imply you are guilty or do not want to tell the truth.
Answering police questions can tie you to a position – for example, you might say that ten people were present at a party, however during investigations the police find evidence which shows thirteen people were present. This may impact your believability and credibility when giving evidence to the court. Although it appears like an innocent error it can be detrimental to your matter in the future.
Remember: Do not be aggressive, difficult or rude during the interview or at the police station. There is nothing to be gained by this kind of behaviour and lots to be lost. As the interview is recorded, it may be played during a contested hearing or at trial if you ultimately plead not guilty to the charge/s. Behaving badly during the interview may impact how a Magistrate/jury views you and your evidence.
If you do not speak fluent English, Victoria Police must offer you access to an interpreter for the interview. At any stage, during the process, you can ask to have an interpreter available. Even in circumstances where you speak English regularly but have trouble understanding particular questions police are asking, we suggest you ask for an interpreter.
If the police refuse to provide an interpreter after you have asked, your lawyer may be able to argue later on that the evidence you gave during the interview cannot be used against you in 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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