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.