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
  • Fraud
  • Drink Driving or Driving while Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Conspiracy
  • Careless/Dangerous/Reckless Driving Assault
  • Wounding and Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Corruption
  • Bribery

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.

To arrange for an obligation free initial consultation with one of our defence lawyers in Perth, contact us at Mark Andrews Legal today on (08) 9221 2991.

Types Of Defences

Self-Defence – You may have a defence to a charge of doing a harmful act, such as assault or wounding, if the act was done in self-defence. However, the defence is only available if (a) you believe the act is necessary to defend the yourself or another person from a harmful act, including a harmful act that is not imminent; and your harmful act is a reasonable response by your in the circumstances as the you believes them to be; and (c) there are reasonable grounds for those beliefs.

For advice about whether self-defence may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Defence of property – As a homeowner or tenant you have extensive rights to defend your property in the case of a home invasion. For advice about whether defence of property may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Provocation – You may have a defence to an assault charge if the assault was the result of an incitement given by another person which induced you to commit the assault. For advice about whether defence of provocation may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide clear and informative legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Fact – This defence may be available to you if did or omitted to do an act under an honest and reasonable, but mistaken, belief in the existence of any state of things and had that state of things existed you would be innocent of the offence. For advice about whether defence of honest and reasonable mistake of fact may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Honest Claim of Right – You may have a defence to a charge involving property, stealing or fraud if you had an honest claim to right to the property and had no intention to defraud. For advice about whether the defence of honest claim of right may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Compulsion – you may have a defence if you acted in order to save yourself from har threatened to be inflicted upon you. For advice about whether the defence of compulsion may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Unwilled Act – You are not criminally responsible for an act or omission occurring independently of the persons will. This means that the persons physical actions are not under their mental control. For advice about whether defence of lack of will may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Accident – You are not criminally responsible for an event which occurs by accident. An actis accidental where a person did not foresee a possible outcome and nor could an ‘ordinary person’ in their position foresee the ‘possible outcome’.

For advice about whether the defence of accident may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Emergency – You are not responsible for an act done or omission made in an emergency. An emergency is defined to exist when: (i) circumstances of sudden or extraordinary emergency exist; and (ii) doing the act or making the omission is a necessary response to the emergency.

For advice about whether the defence of emergency may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

Insanity – A person is not criminally responsible for an act or omission which is done on account of unsoundness of mind. The defence of insanity is available if at the time of doing the act or making the omission he or she is in such a state of mental impairment as to deprive him of capacity to understand what he is doing, or of capacity to control his actions, or of capacity to know that he ought not to do the act or make the omission.

For advice about whether the defence of insanity may be available in your case, click the ‘contact us’ tab to book a free initial consultation. We provide straightforward and dependable legal advice, forceful representation and our fees are highly competitive.

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