When a criminal prosecution is brought by the State, an accused person always retains certain individual rights. For example, the right to legal representation, to make no comment, or to plead guilty or not guilty. A person charged with a criminal offence is entitled to the presumption of innocence and it is always for the prosecution to prove any offence beyond reasonable doubt.
At Stephen Peterson Lawyers we will analyse the evidence against you, provide you with legal advice on the strength of the prosecution case and ensure that you understand the Court process. We have significant experience fighting serious criminal charges and will ensure that your interests are protected.
We appear in the following jurisdictions:
- Childrens’ Court
- Magistrates’ Court
- County Court
- Supreme Court
- Federal Courts
We represent clients in all areas of criminal law, including but not limited to:
- Homicide – murder, attempted murder, manslaughter
- Adult sexual offences – rape, compelling sexual penetration, bestiality, sexual assault
- Child sexual offences – incest, child pornography offences, sexual penetration of a child under 16 y/o, indecent acts
- Acts intended to cause injury – serious injury assaults, gross violence offences, assault resulting in injury, stalking, common assaults, assaults on police and emergency services workers
- Breach of Court orders and offences against justice – breach of intervention order, perjury, perverting the course of justice, breach of community corrections order
- Dishonesty offences – theft, obtain property by deception, obtain financial advantage by deception, handling or retaining stolen goods
- Illicit drug offences – possession, cultivation, manufacture or trafficking drugs
- Armed robbery, blackmail & extortion
- Public Order offences – disorderly conduct offences, riot and affray, liquor and tobacco offences, offensive language or behaviour, cruelty to animals
- Fraud offences – production and use of false documents, identity crime offences
- White collar crime – false accounting, breach of director’s duties, local & state government offences
- Property damage – criminal and wilful damage, graffiti, arson and bushfire related offences
- Dangerous or negligent acts reckless conduct endangering life, negligently causing serious injury
- Weapons offences – possession and use of controlled & prohibited weapons and dangerous articles
- Firearms offences – possession and use of unregistered firearms, prohibited person offences, firearm storage offences
- Threatening behaviour – threats to kill or inflict serious injury, threats to distribute intimate images
- Traffic and vehicle offences – driving offences involving death or serious injury, exceeding the prescribed content of alcohol (drink driving), drive while disqualified or suspended, drive without a licence, other driving offences
We have significant experience in representing clients charged with both State and Commonwealth criminal offences.
If you are found guilty of a criminal offence, the Court may also make orders against you in addition to any sentence that you receive. These orders can often have serious consequences and can be contested. We will advise you on any liability that you may have in relation to an ancillary order.
When police charge a person, they may issue a summons, release a person on bail or remand a person in custody.
If police issue you with a summons, you will need to appear at Court on the date listed on the summons. A summons will be accompanied by criminal charges. You should obtain advice on the charges before attending Court.
If you are charged, police may release you on bail on your own undertaking (promise) to attend Court on the date to which you are bailed. The police also have a power to attach special conditions to a grant of bail.
If you are remanded in custody, the police must allow you to see a lawyer and you will be entitled to make an application for bail on the first Court sitting day after you were remanded. Bail law is complex and if you or a loved one has been remanded in custody, seek expert advice immediately.