What you will get out of your first meeting with us?
At your initial consultation, we will review your case and then advise you on all aspects of your legal situation including:
- Applicable laws and relevant procedural steps such as what documents to file and when;
- Defences available on the facts;
- Tactical strategies including whether your case warrants negotiation with police or the Police Prosecution Service, Commonwealth or State DPP;
- A range of possible outcomes or sentencing options applicable to your case;
- Legal costs and estimated time frame to finalise your case;
- Contact the police investigating officer or the DPP to ensure that you have been served with the appropriate documents;
- Making formal complaints about police handling of your case.
Summary of legal meetings and steps
- First Meeting – Initial telephone discussion about your case and possible defences and time frame.
- Second Meeting – Face-to-face meeting. This typically occurs after the firm receives initial disclosure of the charging documents called the Prosecution Notice and Statement of Material Facts. At this meeting the range of possible defences will be discussed, along with the expected time frame, procedural steps and estimate of legal costs to finalise your matter. If you are located in rural Western Australia we provide alternatives to face-to-face meetings including Skype conferencing.
- Third Meeting/Step – involves our criminal lawyers managing your matter through the court system, dealing with investigating officers and prosecutors, making sure that charges are correct and the evidence to be relied upon is admissible, and considering your version of events and possible defences.
- Fourth Meeting – This step is called trial proofing. Here you and your criminal lawyer go over the defences, prosecution case, defence witnesses, evidential matters and trial procedures.
- Fifth Meeting – Attend trial.
For further advice in connection with any of the above or if you have any further questions that we have not covered then call us at Criminal-Lawyers-Perth on 0422 656 589 to make an appointment with one of our experienced lawyers.