Frequently Asked Questions
Doogue + George Broadmeadows is a specialist criminal defence firm.
Our expert criminal lawyers have the experience and resources to achieve the best possible result for heir clients, whatever the charges. If you are facing criminal charges and need to appear in Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court or any other Victorian Court, you need to choose the right lawyer to represent you.
It is the most important decision you can make.
What do I do if I have been called in for a police interview?
The police interview is critical to your case. It is important you know what to do, say, how to act and whether or not to do a ‘no comment’ interview.
People believe the interview is their opportunity to tell their version of events. However, the purpose of a police interview is not a search for the truth, but rather a chance to get admissible evidence so that you may be prosecuted.
An interview usually takes place because you have been identified as a suspect. A person who is not a suspect might be asked to go to the police station to make a statement. So, if you have been asked to attend an interview, you are obliged and must go, but you don’t have to agree to make a statement.
I am pleading guilty, how will a lawyer change the outcome?
You will be advised by your defence lawyer if pleading guilty to the charges is what you should do in your particular case. Many times, the police interview makes people stressed or scared and you can be persuaded to believe you must plead guilty to all charges. If pleading guilty is the best option for you, our Broadmeadows defence lawyers know how to present your case and make the best submissions to the Courts.
Equally as important, we know what not to say.
An experienced criminal defence lawyer know how to present their client to the Magistrate in the most positive manner, putting forth your redeeming qualities and how you intend to learn from your experience. Our lawyers understand sentencing and what to will get you the best possible result.
Having a lawyer at Court shows the Magistrate that you are taking the matter seriously.
I am pleading not guilty, how will a lawyer change the outcome?
The law is very complex. Doogue + George lawyers understand the law as it apples to each offence and know whether the prosecution will be able to prove their case. Even more minor charges like driving or speeding offences can be complicated and you need a lawyer who understands the law as it applies to those charges. Your lawyer should advise you on how to proceed and negotiate on your behalf with the prosecution and may even get charges withdrawn before getting to trial.
Also, a good defence lawyer will recognise if there is a strong case against you and give you clear, knowledgeable advice which can can save you from running a defence that has no chance of success and could, possibly, increase your sentence.
The law changes frequently. Doogue + George defence lawyers understand the rules of evidence to question witnesses effectively. People who represent themselves can be frequently interrupted by the Judge and stopped from asking questions because their questions don’t comply with the rules.
For the best outcome, you need a lawyer who can match the skill of the prosecution to defend your case effectively.