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Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, psychological, economic and emotional abuse that occurs within a domestic relationship. Being charged with an offence of this nature usually involves Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) proceedings that run alongside the substantive criminal charges. Facing charges of this nature and an ADVO can place significant strain on your life and on the lives of those around you. We are very experienced in dealing with these types of proceedings and are here to guide and fight alongside you whilst your matter is before the court.
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New South Wales traffic offences encompass a broad range of driving behaviours and facing a charge of this nature can have disastrous consequences on your ability to keep your licence and at times even your liberty. This may affect your livelihood and ability to support and care for your family. We are traffic law experts and will meticulously prepare your case in order to achieve the best possible outcome including keeping your licence.
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Assault offences in New South Wales include common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault against police and assault causing death or serious injury. Other assault offences include those of a sexual nature against both adults and children. Any charge of assault is considered very seriously by the courts and many of these offences involve maximum sentences of full-time imprisonment. We are very experienced in vigorously defending and representing clients charged with these offences in both the Local and District Court.
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New South Wales has strict laws against using, possessing, supplying, cultivating, manufacturing and importing prohibited substances and plants. Given the serious nature of this offending and its prevalence within the community the court takes these matters very seriously. We have successfully achieved non-conviction outcomes for hundreds of clients charged with drug possession and supply offences, and have vigorously represented many clients charged with drug manufacture and importation who have avoided gaol sentences or achieved lesser sentences of full-time imprisonment in the circumstances.
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These offences include fraud, making false and misleading statements, obtaining financial advantage by deception and more. Receiving a conviction for a deception or fraud related offence can have serious consequences on your liberty, ability to maintain and search for employment, overseas travel and obtaining or keeping a visa. We will meticulously prepare your case and vigorously defend a deception charge to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your future.
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The law in New South Wales regulates the possession, use, purchase, manufacture and supply of firearms and components. Common offences involving firearms include unauthorised possession, unregistered or unlicensed firearms, unsafe keeping and possession of prohibited firearms. These offences are very serious and many involve maximum terms of imprisonment. If charged with any weapon related offence we are here to guide and assist you in achieving the best possible outcome.
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Transport for New South Wales (previously known as Roads & Maritime Services or RMS) is another body we regularly appear against in support of our clients. We provide legal advice and representation for all types of Transport NSW and police licence suspension appeals and court elections. We are traffic law experts and have had significant success in having our clients' licence suspension appeals upheld and their privilege to drive restored.

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Bail is one of our specialties. We appear in various Local Courts and the Supreme Court of New South Wales for bail applications on a regular basis. We prepare matters to a meticulous standard before going to court so our clients have the best chance of being granted bail. When appearing in court for bail applications we adopt a vigorous approach to taking apart the prosecution case and proffer a carefully crafted and tailored argument on bail for every client. We are known for our success in both the Local and Supreme Courts for our bail applications.

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We are well versed in the principles that apply to criminal cases where a person suffers from a mental health or cognitive impairment. We have made numerous successful section 32 and section 14 applications under the mental health legislation and have had many clients appropriately diverted for treatment instead of being dealt with under the criminal law. We are also experienced in running mental health defences for serious offences such as murder and are well versed in the procedure the court adopts when sentencing offenders who suffer from mental health or cognitive impairments.

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A majority (95%) of criminal matters commence in and are finalised before the New South Wales Local Court. Less serious criminal matters involving summarily prosecuted offences are usually dealt with by the Local Court alone. Serious criminal matters involving strictly indictable offences and elected indictable table offences first come before the Local Court and may be committed to the District or Supreme Court for trial or sentence. We appear before various Local Courts across the state on a daily basis for sentence proceedings, bail applications, defended hearings, mental health applications, committals and other proceedings relating to criminal and traffic law.

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The District Court of New South Wales deals with a wide range of criminal matters. The only offences that the District Court cannot deal with are murder and treason. This court determines cases that have been committed from the Local Court or Children's Court. It hears sentence proceedings for accused people who have plead guilty to indictable offences and trials by judge alone or in the presence of a jury for accused people who have plead not guilty to strictly indictable offences. We appear before a number of District Courts across the state representing clients charged with these offences.
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The Supreme Court is the highest court in New South Wales and hears the most serious criminal matters including murder and treason. This court also hears bail applications that fail in the Local Court jurisdiction. The Supreme Court has both appellate and trial jurisdictions. The appellate courts are the Court of Appeal and the Court of Criminal Appeal. We appear in the Supreme Court on a regular basis for serious bail applications, trials and appeals involving very serious criminal offences and are well versed in the court's procedure.
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