If by any chance you fall into a criminal law matter, you might feel intimidated. Family Lawyers Sydney offers the services of Criminal Lawyers in Sydney to help you through such situations. For your peace of mind and knowledge, we have prepared a list of basic terminologies you should know so that you do not feel overwhelmed.
Here are some terms you are likely to hear if you happen to be involved in a criminal law matter.
Taking You To Court
This one is fairly simple. There are several things you can do to prepare yourself if you are to be taken to a court. Plan-ahead and do not be late. Leave timely. It is possible to bring in a support person with you. However, they will be sitting in the area meant for the public. Remember to dress formally as court is a conservative business. Any electronic devices you have on you must be turned off. Our service of Criminal Lawyers Sydney can help you be represented by a capable lawyer, so you would not need to say much in the initial proceedings.
Minor Vs Major Matters
If your matter is a minor one, you will be taken to a Local Court. If you go by a not guilty plea, you will still need to attend court a couple of times. If you plead guilty, your appointed lawyer will pass it on to the registrar and magistrate will be referred for your sentence. The case will then move on to a hearing.
If, however, the matter is a major one, you will need to go to either District Court or Supreme Court. Evidence will be showed to you before you can choose to plead guilty or not guilty. Pleading guilty means, you will be committed for sentencing. If not guilty, you will be asked for substantial reasons separately.
Defense is when you defend your plea of not guilty. For example, an act of crime or a certain offense might have been committed due to some mental illness, intoxication (only applicable on selective offenses) depending on the circumstances, or when the party accused of being guilty committed the offense because they thought it necessary to do so for defending themselves or another person, also known as self-defence. Although the act committed in self-defence must be reasonable in accordance to the circumstances at hand.
Family Lawyers NSW are one of the best criminal lawyers in Sydney, with a high success rate. You can call us at 0280 842 764.