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Criminal Law

Dealing with criminal charges is a significant moment that can have a big impact on your life.  At Cleofe Parsons Legal, we have the experience to support you across various legal areas, from assault charges to traffic offences. The quality of legal representation can make a profound difference in the outcome of your case. That’s why we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us after reviewing our legal areas to see how we can assist you during this crucial time.

In criminal cases, seeking legal advice as soon as possible is crucial. Whether you’ve been contacted by the police, asked to go to the station for an interview, or charged with an offence, don’t hesitate to reach out to us promptly.

Drawing on our extensive experience in providing effective representation, we put in dedicated effort to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Connect with our criminal defence lawyers today to ensure your rights are protected and to access exceptional legal representation.

Assault Charges

Assault charges involve intentional physical harm or the threat of harm to another person. This can range from simple assault to more severe charges like aggravated assault, depending on the degree of harm caused or the use of weapons. 


Drug Offences

Drug offences encompass a wide range of charges related to the possession, distribution, manufacturing, or trafficking of illegal substances. The severity of charges often depends on the type and quantity of drugs involved.


Theft and Property Crimes

Theft and property crimes involve unlawfully taking or damaging another person’s property. This category includes offences such as burglary, robbery, shoplifting, and vandalism. Penalties vary based on the value of the stolen or damaged property.


Sexual Offences

Sexual offences encompass a range of charges related to non-consensual sexual activities. This includes offenses like sexual intercourse without consent, and sexual misconduct. Cases in this category require careful legal navigation due to the sensitive nature of the allegations.


Traffic Offences

Traffic law deals with violations and offences occurring on roadways. It includes a variety of offences such as speeding, reckless driving, drink driving, driving whilst under the influence of prohibited drugs, and driving without a valid licence. While some traffic offences are considered civil matters, others can lead to criminal charges with serious consequences. Traffic law also involves regulations governing vehicle registration, licensing, and road safety. 


Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is a legal order designed to protect individuals from violence, threats, or intimidation. It can be sought by someone who fears for their safety or by law enforcement on behalf of a person deemed at risk. AVOs may include restrictions on contact, proximity, or specific behaviours to ensure the safety of the protected person. Violating an AVO can result in criminal charges.


What steps should I take if I'm facing criminal charges and need legal assistance?

If you find yourself charged with a crime, it’s crucial to seek immediate legal representation. Our experienced criminal defence team can guide you through your rights, the legal process, and potential defence strategies. Avoid making statements to law enforcement without consulting with a legal professional.

What rights do I have if I am arrested, and how can legal representation help?

Upon arrest, you have the right to remain silent and the right to a lawyer. Legal representation ensures those rights are protected. Avoid answering questions without legal representation present. Our team can guide you through the process, inform you of the charges, and assert your right to legal counsel.

Can legal representation help with expunging or sealing my criminal record?

Absolutely. Our legal professionals can assist in exploring the possibility of expunging or sealing your criminal record. We provide insights into eligibility criteria and guide you through the process of clearing or sealing your record.

What potential consequences might I face if convicted, and how can legal representation mitigate them?

Consequences of a criminal conviction can be significant, impacting various aspects of your life. At Cleofe Parsons Legal, we assess the specifics of your case and explain potential consequences, working to mitigate the impact on employment, housing, and other aspects. Seeking legal advice early is crucial for the best possible outcome.

How important is it to hire a criminal defence lawyer, and why can't I handle my case on my own?

Hiring a criminal defence lawyer is crucial for several reasons. Criminal law is complex, and our legal professionals have the knowledge to navigate intricate procedures, understand nuanced laws, and build effective defence strategies. We have experience dealing with prosecutors, negotiating plea deals, and, if necessary, representing you in court. Attempting to handle a criminal case without proper legal representation may lead to unfavourable outcomes, and the stakes are often too high to risk facing charges alone.

Please note that these questions and answers are for informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal advice. It is recommended to consult with a qualified legal professional at Cleofe Parsons Legal for personalised advice regarding your specific litigation needs.