The legal system affects the lives of every person in our society today. Criminal law plays a major role in that system. Criminal lawyers, who are also known as criminal solicitors and barristers, provide advice, and appear in Court. For complex or serious criminal charges you may need a criminal barrister as well as an instructing solicitor, but for many types of offences one lawyer will often suffice. In looking for a criminal lawyer Sydney residents prefer private practitioners if they can afford the fees. Legal Aid is an option for low income earners. Whatever type of lawyer you select, you can expect your lawyer to apply the law to the circumstances of your charges, and to try to put those circumstances in the best light so as to obtain the best possible outcome for you, the client.
There are certain areas of law such as bankruptcy, family law, personal injury, property law, and criminal law, in which lawyers may specialise. Where criminal law is concerned, lawyers represent people who have been charged with all types of crimes from minor offences to the most serious types of offences. Lawyers practising criminal law will, where necessary, research precedents (similar cases that have been reported in the past) and argue clients’ cases in Court.
Your lawyer will also be a key figure in determining whether you plead guilty or not guilty. Your lawyer will advise you on this issue according to information about the charges and the circumstances in which the charges arose. The prosecution (the police) must prove its case, so sometimes even where an offence has been committed, it is possible that the prosecution will have insufficient evidence to prove its case. In those circumstances you may be advised to plead not guilty. Attorneys often spend significant amounts of time considering the cases of their clients and are also skilled in dealing with any witnesses who might want to change their stories during proceedings.
Finding the best criminal lawyers in Sydney can be daunting. This is particularly so when you are already under pressure after being accused of committing a crime. If you are arrested by police, your lawyer should be the first person you talk to – whether that be in the police station, at the Court if you have been refused bail, or after you are granted Police bail. Any interview by Police should be occur in the presence of your lawyer. Your lawyer will almost always advise you to exercise your right to silence – i.e. say absolutely nothing to Police questioning, and decline to participate in an interview. If you have not had a chance to speak to a lawyer and you have been arrested, do not agree to be interviewed. If you are interviewed in the absence of a lawyer, whatever you say can and will be used against you during your trial.
You have a right to remain silent. Exercise that right.
A lawyer can let you know what to expect during the course of the proceedings.
Most lawyers use the various forms of technology. Traditional printed sources, software and legal databases are all used for searching and identification of legal texts are used to search for and identify relevant legal texts. This saves time and is more efficient. It is still essential, however, to engaged the services of a lawyer if you hope to achieve the best outcome in your case. These are professionals who spend their working lives reading and interpreting the case law, and figuring out the best way to put your case forward.
In considering whether you need the services of a criminal lawyer Sydney residents charged with an offence should be comfortable with the person they choose to act for them in Court. You should always be given either a firm fixed quote or a costs agreement setting out how fees will be charged. Most importantly, your lawyer needs to communicate clearly to you his or her advice in a way you can understand.