Criminal Law FAQs
What should I do if I am arrested by police?
If you are arrested, keep in mind that anything you say may be used against you in court. Before you answer any questions you have the right to contact a criminal lawyer in Melbourne to represent you and give you legal advice.
The police have charged me with a crime. What will happen now?
When the police have charged you for a crime, the matter will go to court. There are usually several court dates and you should get expert legal representation. If you want to plead guilty, your lawyer will prepare a plea and the court will hand down a sentence. If you plead not guilty your lawyer will help you to defend the charges during your trial.
I have been charged with a crime that I did not commit. How do I fight it?
You have the option to defend the charges and your criminal defence lawyer will represent you. Your lawyer will help you to defend the charges, which may include calling witnesses, cross examining prosecution witnesses, making legal arguments and to advise you throughout the process.
Do I need a lawyer to represent me for a traffic offence?
While you are allowed to represent yourself, it is highly recommended that you obtain legal representation to achieve the best possible outcome. You and your lawyer should work together to respond to the charge in an effective way.
Do I have to let the police into my house?
If they do not have a valid search warrant, it is mainly up to you to decide whether or not to consent to police entering your house. Police may enter your house without your consent in some circumstances, including to execute a warrant, if they believe that someone’s life is in danger or if they have reason to believe that you are committing an offence.