Ryan Murdoch O’Regan’s Criminal Lawyers’ can assist you.
The role of a criminal defence lawyer is to represent people who have been charged with a criminal offence. Here at Ryan Murdoch O’Regan Lawyers, we can assist by evaluating the strength and credibility of the police evidence, explaining what you have been charged with and what your options are, including the potential penalties that may arise from such a charge.
The fundamental duties of lawyers can be located in the Queensland Law Society Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules. Lawyers have a paramount duty to the court and the administration of justice and that duty is to prevail where there may be any inconsistency with any other duties.
Other fundamental duties are as follows:
A solicitor must also:
o Act in the best interests of a client in any matter in which the solicitor represents the client;
o Be honest and courteous in all dealings in the course of legal practice;
o Deliver legal services competently, diligently and as promptly as reasonably possible;
o Avoid any compromise to their integrity and professional independence; and
o Comply with these rules and the law.
A defence lawyer can be retained to assist in all stages of criminal law proceedings, from an interview with police to the finalisation of a matter at a sentence or trial.
One of the most important roles of a defence lawyer is ensuring that people facing criminal allegations are still afforded fairness in the legal system despite changes to the system and increased police powers and ensuring that the defendants’ rights are not violated during any stage. This is done by appearing in court on your behalf and presenting their case, perusing the evidence provided by police to ascertain the reliability of it and negotiating with the police in relation to the charges or facts of the charge.
As Defence Lawyers, our Criminal Law team will examine the evidence collected by the police, ascertain whether that evidence proves the allegation beyond a reasonable doubt and ascertain whether there is a defence or alibi available to the defendant.
It is important to retain us as your defence lawyer to act on your behalf, even when you are pleading guilty, to ensure that the penalty you receive is appropriate, as these can include fines, community service, probation and even imprisonment depending on both the charge and the nature of the allegations.
Criminal lawyers are an important part of the criminal justice system and assist the court in reaching an end result in the interest of justice. Without criminal defence lawyers, the police powers would remain unchecked which could be detrimental to those charged with a criminal offence.