Project Description

Guilty Pleas

Guilty Pleas

If you have been charged with a criminal offence you may choose to plead guilty. This means that you agree that you are guilty of the offence with which you are charged.

Over many years representing clients at guilty plea submission hearings, our Parramatta and Fairfield criminal solicitors have gained extensive knowledge of what is and isn’t effective.

Request A Call Back

Guaranteed Fast Assistance: We will call you back within 2 hours if your request is made between 6:00AM - 6:00PM (Monday-Friday).

Best Time To Call You Back:

We can help by:

  • Giving you advice on what the likely penalty or range of penalties for your particular charge is likely to be.
  • Helping you decide whether to enter a guilty plea.

  • Developing a compelling argument as to why the penalty should be discounted or dismissed in your case.
  • Obtaining effective character references to support your submission.
  • Appearing for you and arguing in support of your submission.
  • Giving you insight into the particular Judge or Magistrate who will be hearing your case and tailoring your submissions effectively.

Pleading Guilty May Help Your Case

There are a number of reasons why it might be a good idea to plead guilty. If you enter an early guilty plea, the court may discount the penalty that you receive. If the charges are minor, in some circumstances the Magistrate may even decide to dismiss them altogether so that you don’t receive a penalty. In other cases, the discount will depend on the type of offence you have been charged with.

In general, the earlier you enter a guilty plea, the greater the potential for a discounted penalty.

It’s important to understand that in some cases, for example traffic offences, the penalties are mandatory and the Magistrate does not have discretion to discount them. However, in most cases they do have the ability to give you a lesser penalty. We will explain to you what your charges mean and whether the Judge or Magistrate has any discretion over your penalties before you decide whether to enter a guilty plea.

If you plead guilty, the court will usually proceed straight to sentencing. As part of the hearing, they will accept submissions from us on how you should be sentenced and what discounts should apply. It will help your case if you can:

  • Show genuine remorse for your actions;
  • Demonstrate that you have taken steps to avoid reoffending; and/or
  • Show that there were mitigating circumstances that should be taken into account.

For example, if you’re charged with driving under the influence, the court may take into consideration any rehabilitation program that you have entered into.

It’s also important to be careful that you don’t appear to be ‘making excuses’ for your behaviour. This is why it’s so crucial to have an experienced criminal lawyer on your side. We’ll be able to help you construct an argument that the Court is likely to view sympathetically. We can also give you advice on how to act before the hearing which may help your chances later. For example, if you take an anger management course before answering an assault charge you can show the court that you are taking responsibility for your actions and that you are unlikely to do the same thing again.

If you have any character references in support of your submission, these may also carry some weight. Character references are important but need to be prepared in a way that they support the rest of your case. For example, if you are arguing that your offence was due to an addiction then it’s a good idea for your character references to support that you have sought help for and conquered your addiction. This may include a character reference from your addiction counsellor to show the work you have done. Our experienced criminal solicitors can help you get those references, and guide you on how they could be worded to help your case.

FIRST CONSULTATION IS FREE

02 8761 6400

John & Co Lawyers | Fairfield Lawyer | Variety of Practice Areas

“I would just like to thank you for your hard work and understanding during a very stressful time for myself.I cannot thank you enough for the work and advice you provided. My assault and stalking and intimidation charges were heard by the Magistrate at Liverpool Court yesterday, Tuesday 16th. I pleaded guilty to the assault with the stalking being dropped prior by way of representations made by you. The Magistrate seen through the bullshit supplied by the Police facts sheet and I am happy to say no conviction was recorded. He stated it was “a molehill turned into a mountain by police”. John I would just like to say your professionalism on both of my criminal and family law matters was outstanding. I would go so far as to say its the best service I have ever had. Keep up the good work!!!”
Josh P.

John & Co Lawyers | Fairfield Lawyer | Variety of Practice Areas

“I found John & Co lawyers to be there when I needed them. They were very quick to return my calls and emails which came about at random times. The team were very experienced and had high technical knowledge in family law that was required throughout the process. John will defend you and give you that encouragement to fight for your rights when you have lost all will power to defend yourself. John was very tough to stand up to the other side whilst achieving great results for my daughter and I. I highly recommend their services.”
Nikky R.

John & Co Lawyers | Fairfield Lawyer | Variety of Practice Areas

“Highly recommend this law firm to anyone injured! John is the best personal injury lawyer. He is exceptionally knowledgeable in the law. He always kept me well informed and was readily available to answer all of my questions. John represented me for my workplace injury. From the very beginning I felt his genuine concern for my wellbeing and it showed throughout the case as he always returned my calls and explained the process step by step. My case settled in November 2018 for $690,000 clear in my hand. John & Co Lawyers gave me my life back, and for that I am forever grateful. John & his team are great lawyers, very professional and, made the process seamless for me.”
Nenad A.

John & Co Lawyers | Fairfield Lawyer | Variety of Practice Areas

“I was absolutely astounded by the service provided by John and co lawers.  John went above and beyond to extend additional help with my case. Johns experience is second to none, His professionalism and sound advice was just what was needed. I would highly recommend his services to anyone with pressing family law matters. His warm personality made me feel like part of the family, as I could easily dissus any finer details with my case and he would take into consideration. If I have any cases in future he will be my first choice. Thanks again John your service is Highly appreciated. God bless you. 5 stars.”
Shane T.