Assault & Violent Offences
If you or someone you know have been charged with assault or a violent offence, it’s crucial you seek legal advice. These charges are serious in nature and need to be dealt with by a criminal lawyer with experience.
Property offences can range from shop lifting, to breaking and entering to stealing. If you’ve been charged with a property offence, our team can help advise and represent you. We have years of experience dealing with these types of matters and will do whatever we can to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Drug offences are one of the most common offences criminal lawyers deal with. The main 5 areas of drug offences include possessing, producing, supplying & trafficking dangerous drugs, and possessing various properties. Penalties and sentencing for drug offences can vary depending on the charges made against you.
Sexual offences can carry heavy penalties, and long terms of imprisonment depending on the severity of your charges. Our criminal lawyers at PD Law have years of experience dealing with sexual offence cases and are here to help. If you have been charged with a sexual offence, it is crucial you seek legal advice.
Fraud & Related Matters
Whether the circumstances of your fraud charges are complex or simple, getting legal advice is vital. Our legal team are here to provide advice and represent you to get you the best result possible.
Public Order Offences
These offences are seen as “nuisance” offences and are for keeping the community in good order. Offences listed under public order offences include offensive language, offensive conduct, wilful & obscene exposure, violent disorder, failure to move on, possession of a knife in public.
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What our Clients Say
Case Study 1 – Grevious Bodily Harm
We acted for someone charged with Grievous Bodily Harm. The medical evidence didn’t support a finding that there was an injury, if left untreated, would cause death or serious disfigurement.
After lengthy discussions with the office of the DPP (Prosecutions), the charge was amended, and our client received a favorable outcome at a sentence for a much lesser charge.
Case Study 2 – Drug Trafficking
We were retained to act for a client charged with Trafficking a Schedule One drug.
The allegations made by the Police were based on telephone intercepts obtained from their phone, from texts and phone calls. Upon reviewing these intercepted phone calls and messages, it was clear there was insufficient evidence to establish trafficking.
After significant negotiations with the Crown, the charges were withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.
Case Study 3 – Drink Driving
A client came to us advising they were charged with a drink driving offence and had a reading of 0.085. Their job required them to be able drive, and without a license it would result in them losing their job and only source of income. We took their instructions for a plea of guilty for drink driving and made an application for a work license.
Our application for the work license was successful, and our client was able to retain their employment. They received a license disqualification of 4 months and a $500 fine. The work licence meant that for the period of the disqualification, they were able to drive to and from work and for the purposes of their employment.
Case Study 4 – Dangerous Drugs Charge
A client was charged with numerous supplying dangerous drugs charges. We assisted in obtaining a brief of evidence and certificate of analysis on behalf of the client and made a submission to Prosecutions based on this information and had some of their charges reduced/removed.
We promptly transferred the matter to the District Court to finalize the remaining charges.
Case Study 5 – Extortion
A client was charged with Extortion which is an offence that was required to be committed to the District Court. Upon receipt of the brief of evidence we formed the view that the charge was not made out and should not be committed to the District Court.
We attended at a hand up committal of the matter and made submissions to the Magistrate that there was no case for the client to answer, as prosecution couldn’t make out the charge based on the evidence.
The Magistrate found in our Favour and the charge was discontinued.
Case Study 6 – Wilful Damage & Assault
A client of ours came to us and was charged with Wilful Damage and Assault. The matter proceeded to a hearing.
At the conclusion of prosecutions giving their evidence, we made an argument to the Court that the Wilful Damage charge was not made out on the evidence and that it should be dismissed. The Court agreed charge not made out and dismissed the charge.