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Not Guilty Hearings

Not Guilty Hearings

If you’ve been charged by the police, you need to consider your legal options carefully. If the charges against you are proven, you risk facing some substantial penalties. Depending on the nature of the charges, these may include a hefty fine, criminal conviction and even imprisonment. That’s why it’s important to understand your rights and options so that you can make an informed decision about what to do next.

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Before the initial hearing, you need to decide if you will plead guilty or not guilty. You should obtain legal advice from an Australian criminal law specialist to help you make this decision.

Our experienced Western Sydney criminal lawyers have represented people just like you who have been charged by the police. We can help you:

  • Understand your options, including the risks and benefits of each choice.
  • Make the best decision as to how to plea. This will take into account the strength of your defence and the possible discounts for a guilty plea.
  • Build a defence.
  • Develop a case strategy.
  • Investigate and research your case.
  • Negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf.

  • Represent you in court.

  • If necessary, instruct an experienced barrister to appear on your behalf and work with them to make sure they’re fully briefed and can fight for you.

While we can’t guarantee an outcome in the courts, we bring many years of experience and can help you understand your options. We’ll look at cases similar to yours and leverage our knowledge of the particular Magistrate to Judge assigned to your case.

Pleading Not Guilty

When your case is called into the courtroom, you will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty. You may choose to plead not guilty if:

  • You didn’t do the thing that you’ve been charged with.
  • You did do it but have a legally valid defence.
  • You choose not to admit anything and see if the prosecution can prove their case.

Sometimes, you may feel that you just want to tell your side of the story. Our Western Sydney criminal lawyers will help you decide whether that is in your best interests.

If you choose to plead not guilty, you will need to attend the initial hearing, called a ‘mention’. On that date, the Magistrate will set a ‘reply date’ or second hearing. Before that date, the police must serve you with a brief of evidence. You can use that to see what the case against you will be, and decide if you still want to plead not guilty. If you do, the matter will go to a hearing or trial.

If you enter a not guilty plea, you will be given a trial date. At trial, the prosecution will present evidence to try and convince the court that you are guilty. We will present evidence to show that you are not guilty or have a valid defence. Usually, the trial is scheduled far enough in advance to allow everyone to have a chance to gather their evidence and witnesses in support of their argument.

Depending on how serious the offence you’re charged with is, your case might be heard in the Magistrates, District or Supreme Court. Each Court has different rules, processes and procedure as well as the costs involved in running a trial. We have experience in every Court, and have represented clients across a range of offences in each jurisdiction.

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