CRIMINAL LAW

We specialise in criminal law and can answer any questions you may have. Our lawyers have broad experience in all areas including bail, traffic matters, drug offences, assaults and more serious offences such as murder and manslaughter.

Apprehended Violence Orders

An AVO is a court order rather than a criminal charge however an AVO being entered against you may have serious consequences. Contact us to discuss your situation and obtain advice.

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Traffic Offences

Traffic offences, from drink driving to licence matters and appeals, are common to many of our clients and the most common offences are dealt with by Local Courts. Our team is highly experienced in traffic law and we would be happy to advise you in relation to your situation.

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Pleas

Before pleading guilty to any offence, you should obtain legal advice as to the charge itself and any possible sentence. We can provide you with this advice and, if appropriate, assist you in preparing a plea with the aim of receiving a sentence at the low end of the range.

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Bail

We are experienced in making applications for bail and will be able to advise you in relation to your prospects of success and appear on your behalf at Court.

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Summary Offences and Indictable Matters

Offences fall into two categories: minor or summary offences, and indictable or serious offences. There are different penalties for each type of offence, and you should obtain legal advice in relation to any criminal charge.

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Sentencing

In New South Wales, sentencing is governed by the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. The purpose of sentencing someone who has entered a plea of guilty or been found guilty in a court is to ensure that the person is adequately punished for the offence, to prevent crime by deterring the persons and other persons from committing similar offences, to protect the community from the person, to promote the rehabilitation of the person, to make the person accountable for his or her actions, to denounce the conduct of the person and to recognise the harm done to the victim of the crime and the community.

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Appeals and Annulments

The solicitors at Uther Webster and Evans are very experienced in preparing cases for appeal, and have appeared in both the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court of Australia.

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Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture

If you have committed a serious offence, it is possible that an asset forfeiture or proceeds of crime order may be made against your property. You should seek legal advice on how to reduce the effects of such an order.

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Criminal Jurisdictions

Our solicitors have extensive experience in all criminal jurisdictions, from the Local Court of NSW to the High Court of Australia. Contact us to arrange an initial consultation.

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