Defence Lawyers Perth
At Mark Andrews Legal, our team of experienced defence lawyers in Perth represent clients who have been arrested for a criminal offence or are the subject of a criminal investigation by police or a regulator. We have over 30 years of experience in defence law. In general, a crime or misdemeanour is any action which offends against State or Federal Criminal Law, and therefore attracts a punishment. In Western Australia, most criminal offences are codified in the Criminal Code. Mark Andrews Legal represents clients on charges ranging from misdemeanours to serious indictable offences, including:
- Drug Offences
- Simple Possession
- Possession with Intent to Sell or Supply to Another
- Stealing and Burglary
- Murder and Manslaughter
- Sexual Assault and Indecent Assault
- Drink Driving or Driving while Under the Influence of Drugs
- Careless/Dangerous/Reckless Driving Assault
- Wounding and Grievous Bodily Harm
If you are under investigation for a criminal offence, we strongly recommend that you obtain our advice before you speak with police. You are not obliged to tell the police anything other than your name, date of birth and address. Every person who is under investigation for a criminal offence is entitled to exercise the right to silence. Many people believe that by exercising their right to silence they will appear suspicious and prejudice their case, however the truth is that by speaking to police you may assist them in gathering evidence against you. A jury cannot draw any adverse conclusions against you from the fact that you have exercised your right to silence.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, you will be bailed to appear in court, or you may be sent a summons or notice of court appearance. When you appear in court, you will be required to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the charges. If you are facing serious charges, you are entitled to see the evidence before you enter a plea.
Our Defence Lawyers Are Here With You Every Step Of The Journey
Once you enter a plea, your matter will proceed to either trial or sentencing, depending on how you plead. In WA, most serious offences are tried before a jury. If your matters proceeds to trial, there is a risk that you will be found guilty. That is why it is essential that you engage with our capable, experienced defence lawyers right here at Mark Andrews Legal in Perth. In many circumstances, we may be able to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution whereby you agree to plead guilty in exchange for concessions from the prosecution, which may include some of your charges being downgraded or discontinued.
Being charged with a criminal offence is a daunting and potentially life changing event, and the consequences can run long into the future. It is important to have an effective defence lawyer to ensure that your interests are fully represented in court and that you get the best possible outcome.
Why Choose Mark Andrews Legal?
Our defence lawyers are highly experienced and have a long history of representing clients in high profile cases. Unlike many of our competitors, we specialise exclusively in criminal law.