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We are Law Society of NSW Accredited Criminal Lawyers providing expert Legal Criminal Law Advice if you are facing criminal charges across the Central Coast, Newcastle and Sydney. We can provide criminal law advice, assist you with a criminal appeal or provide representation and specialist advice for a criminal trial.
It is in your best interests to speak with a criminal lawyer before you attend the police station and before you consider whether to participate in an interview with the Police.
At Conditsis Lawyers Newcastle we understand the anxiety, stress and financial burden you and your family may be experiencing when dealing with criminal charges or a criminal law matter. From general traffic offences and drinking driving or DUI (Driving Under the Influence), through to Assault, Manslaughter or Murder our passionate, logical and ethical approach will help to build a strong professional bond between you and your criminal lawyer. Because we undertake to keep you informed of your rights and options every step of the way, you can be sure that we can help you manage this worrying situation and achieve the best possible outcome.
Our experienced team of criminal lawyers (also known as defendant lawyers) can represent you in any New South Wales court for your criminal law case. We are well-regarded as one of the best criminal law firms in NSW.
Our office is conveniently located next to the Newcastle Criminal Court at Suite 3, 317 Hunter Street Newcastle.
Areas Of Criminal Law
We can assist you in any of the following areas of criminal law and when you are ready one of our team will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.
Apprehended Violence Order
An AVO is made by the Court to protect people by ordering defendants not to do specific things. The defendant must obey the orders made by the Court. The AVO takes effect immediately if the defendant is at court when it is made.
If the defendant is not at court when the order is made, then it will not take effect until the police give a copy of the AVO to the defendant. It will last for the period of time set out in the order. AVO’s can be changed or cancelled by applying to the Court.
Speak to one of our experienced Criminal Lawyers for more information on appealing or revoking an AVO.
Assault is when a person intentionally or recklessly applies any force to another person or causes another person to fear immediate and unlawful violence.
There are many different types of assault, for instance, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assaulting police or officers of the peace, Assault with Intent to commit a felony, maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm, malicious wounding and sexual assault are the most common in Sydney.
There are a number of defences available to someone charged with an assault the most common being that of self-defence.
Stalk or intimidate
This is a relatively new offence created by s13 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007. It requires either an intention to cause the relevant fear or recklessness as to inducement of such fear in the mind of the complainant, but the degree of recklessness is that required at common law for the offence of murder (s13(3)) in that what is required is the appreciation of the likelihood (as opposed to a mere possibility) that fear will be induced.
Appeals to the Higher Courts
Although there is an automatic right of Appeal from the Local Court to the District Court in relation to criminal convictions or findings of guilt, time limits do apply and careful consideration needs to be given as to whether to lodge an Appeal. If it is decided a Conviction Appeal is to be lodged then this means a person disagrees with the Magistrate’s findings that an offence was committed by them and they want to take the matter to the District Court to be re-heard by a Judge.
When lodging a severity appeal against the sentence imposed the ideal outcome would be to change a severe sentence, such as a prison sentence, into a non-custodial sentence such as a suspended sentence, home detention, periodic detention or a community service order.
It is important that you consult one of our specialised criminal lawyers as soon as possible if you want to Appeal a decision. Time limits do apply and there is also the chance a Judge may increase your sentence, so it is imperative you seek quality professional advice.
You can be arrested for various offences relating to drugs, for instance, for buying drugs, dealing drugs or trafficking drugs. As all drug offences carry a gaol sentence, speak with our specialist legal team today so we can start planning the best strategy for your case. We can inform you of the different amounts of individual drugs that constitute the various quantities. For instance, small, indictable, trafficable and commercial. Although the most common charge is for drug possession, you can also get caught for driving with drugs and failing drug swab testing (the saliva drug test) which has been newly implemented.
If you propose to plead not guilty it is essential to speak with one of our criminal solicitors or lawyers so we can advise you of your chances, details of the Court process and also the penalties you are likely to face if you are found guilty. If you enter a plea of ‘Guilty’ to the charge, speaking with one of our criminal Lawyers early in proceeding can impact greatly on the outcome of your criminal case in court.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
Drink driving (DUI) is now a very serious offence. Losing your driver’s licence not only has a huge impact on your family, but can possibly jeopardise your job, especially if you need your licence for work. If you have been charged with Low Range, Middle Range of High Range prescribed content alcohol (PCA) you need to speak to one of our specialist Criminal and DUI Lawyers in Sydney and Newcastle or the Central Coast straight away. We can advise you on the best way to present your case to the Court by assessing the circumstances of your arrest including if any inappropriate steps were taken by the Police at the time of arrest. This will help you decide on an appropriate plea to the Court. We understand what a stressful time this can be for you and your family and will use our years of experience in getting you the best possible outcome.
The effect of this is that if the accused raises the issue that he/she honestly and reasonably believed that he/she was not over the legal limit at the time of driving then, unless the prosecution can negative that issue beyond a reasonable doubt, the accused is entitled to be acquitted.
Recently saliva swab tests to detect certain drugs have been implemented by the new drug RBT. The test reacts to the presence of certain drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy (MDMA), methyl amphetamine (ICE) and amphetamine (Speed). With the introduction of the swab test, many people find themselves charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUI) as you do not have to be affected by the drug to be guilty of the offence. The mere presence of the drug on the swab is sufficient for police to carry out further tests.
To ensure the best outcome if you have been charged with this offence, contact one of our specialist criminal lawyers straight away.
General Traffic Offences
You can lose your licence in various ways. Some offences include being caught for speeding (either by police radar or speed camera), negligent driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), ignoring traffic light signals, using a mobile phone whilst driving or reckless driving. Losing your licence can have detrimental effects. Conditsis Lawyers are also family law specialists and understand these matters will impact on your family commitments and your job, especially if your employer requires you to have a drivers licence. Speak with one of our criminal law solicitors for advice on the next steps you should take in relation to your offence. You may need to consider whether it would be beneficial to your case to complete the Traffic Offenders Program, and if so we can advise you how to do so.
We have offices on the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle. We have several international clients and our experienced criminal law solicitors and trial lawyers have successfully represented and defended our Australian based clients in the Local Court, District Court, Federal Court and High Court.
Our criminal justice lawyers are led by NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist Manny Conditsis. Because we are specialists with almost 37 years of criminal law experience we have a commanding understanding of criminal law and criminal law offences, so you can be confident that you will receive the best criminal law advice and best possible outcome for your matter.
If you’re in trouble with the police, you need to speak with a criminal lawyer today. For the best criminal law advice contact the Conditsis Newcastle team today. To find out more about our unrivalled experience and expertise, you can take a look at some of our criminal law landmark cases and recent news.
If you are in trouble with the police or face criminal charges, you need an expert criminal lawyer now so don’t delay. It is critical to get criminal law advice and representation immediately. Contact Us for expert legal advice or call 02 4058 5844