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- drug offences;
- domestic violence;
- firearm offences;
- fraud and theft; and
- sexual offences.
Criminal matters and going to Court in general can be extremely complex and stressful. The experienced criminal lawyers at HFM Legal we will guide you through your case, help you make decisions and do all we can to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
What is bail?
Bail is essentially a contract to appear in Court at a particular time and place in the future rather than being held in custody. It refers to the temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial, sometimes on conditions such as a sum of money being lodged to guarantee his or her appearance in court.
What is the bail process?
If bail is refused by the police, then it has to be reviewed by a magistrate at first reasonable opportunity (usually the next day). In this instance, it is highly recommended that you be represented by an experienced criminal lawyer.
The criminal trial
Once a person is charged with a criminal offence or a serious traffic matter, he or she must eventually elect whether to plead guilty or not guilty to the charge.
If the accused wishes to plead guilty, his or her matter will progress to a sentencing hearing.
If the accused pleads not guilty to the charge, he or she will advance to a criminal trial. Trials in Western Australia are conducted either in the Supreme Court, District Court or Magistrates Court, depending on the seriousness of the offence.
The criminal lawyers at HFM Legal regularly represent clients in criminal trials.
After a person has been convicted of a criminal offence he or she will be sentenced for that offence (or crime).
Sentencing is a very important process of the criminal justice process. Sometimes a pre-sentence report and possibly other reports (psychiatric, psychological) will be ordered by the court before a person is sentenced.
The experienced lawyers at HFM Legal regularly appear in all criminal courts through out Western Australia for sentencing hearings and provide informed advice to clients about the range of penalties likely to be imposed for particular offences.
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