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It is critical to thoroughly prepare your defence strategy, to make sure the judge hears your side of the story.

Each criminal case is different so Geoff takes a long look at what the police say you did. All cases start the same way, you speak to Geoff in detail about your situation. He will then determine whether you can raise a strong defence, or if you should plead guilty.

If you plead guilty then case preparation becomes about persuading the court to impose the most lenient sentence possible, this is called a “plea in mitigation”.

If you decide to plead not guilty then a trial date is set. At trial the court hears evidence and a decision is made as to whether you are guilty or not [1].

When pleading not guilty, there is a lot of case preparation and research that is required, such as:

The prosecution bears the burden of proof, you can only be found guilty if the jury (or judge) is convinced of your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” So the focus of any good defence strategy is to cast doubt on whether or not you committed the crime.

References

 
  1. Legal Aid Western Australia, ‘Pleading not guilty in the Magistrates Court’, retrieved February 15 2016, http://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/InformationAboutTheLaw/crime/appearing/Pages/PleadingNotGuilty.aspx

What next?

Contact Geoff Today. Ask your questions or for legal help.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, call 0410 689 843 for a free phone consultation. Geoff will give you clear, comprehensive and practical advice about your situation.

You can ask for help over the phone or via email; Geoff can also come to you, just ask and he will travel to your home to discuss your legal problem.

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