Charged with a Crime

What to Do if You are Charged with a Crime

If you are charged with a crime you have the right to legal representation, so the first thing to do is contact criminal lawyers who can work with you to get the best result. Remember you don’t have to answer any police questions without your lawyer present, except to give your name and address. While a lawyer will advise you, you are the only one who can decide whether a plea of guilty or innocence should be given. Depending on what the offence was, you may be charged and released on bail. Otherwise, if not given bail you will have to remain in custody until the matter is settled. If you plead guilty and are released on bail, you may be given the option to not appear in court. Your case can be heard without your presence and you’ll be notified by mail of the penalty. If you plead not guilty, the trial must go ahead and you will need to attend. You should always have a lawyer to represent you as they know the law and can speak on your behalf, saying things in your defence that you may not have thought of.

Two Types of Bail

In Australia, criminal lawyers will tell you that even if you’ve been charged with a criminal offence, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. This means that you can usually be released on bail until the trial date is due. Of course, this will depend on the severity of the crime you’ve been charged with.

There are two types of bail –

  • Police bail. When the police charge a person with an offence they have a fairly good idea whether or not it is safe for them to be out on bail. If it is deemed that they won’t intimidate witnesses, destroy evidence or abscond so you can’t be found again, the police will grant them ‘police bail’. There are likely to be certain restrictions on what the person can do and where they can go and a form must be signed agreeing  to this in order to gain freedom until the trial date.

Divorcing When You Own A Business

Starting your own business can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life.  The company often represents your blood and sweat from years of hard work.  After spending so much time focused on succeeding, worrying about every dime and customer, it can be frightening to think how a divorce might interrupt or even jeopardize all your efforts.  In addition to the tips included in this article, seeking the advice of an experienced family lawyer is always a good idea.

Here are a few key tips to remember if you own a business and are considering divorce.

  • The Business Is A Marital Asset: You might be familiar with a concept called “community property” which means that all property acquired during a marriage belongs to the marital community, ie; you AND your spouse.  You may say, “but what if my spouse did nothing to contribute to the business” or “he/she was never involved and doesn’t even know how the business operates”.  All that may be true, but in the end, if the business was created, or even just grown, during the marriage it belongs wholly or partially to the other spouse.

Dealing With Commercial Property Lease Disputes As The Lessee

It doesn’t matter how careful you are when setting up a lease, property disputes between commercial tenants and landlords are often unavoidable. Changes in circumstances and the passage of time can often lead to disagreements which can be time consuming and difficult to resolve. Ultimately, the best thing to do if you get caught in a commercial property lease dispute is to engage the services of a decent property lawyer.

What to do first:

If you have recently found yourself in the middle of a commercial lease dispute with your landlord, you need to go back and look closely at your tenancy agreement. A good tenancy agreement will outline all of the conditions of your lease, and can often be used to resolve disputes quickly and calmly. If you feel that you are covered by your lease, but your landlord feels differently, then you need to use a property lawyer to sort the problem out.

Dividing Household Contents After A Divorce

Unfortunately, there are a lot of downsides when it comes to getting a divorce. Sure, you might finally be free from the commitments of a broken-down marriage which was bringing nothing but pain, but remember that both partners want to get out of the relationship without losing too much property or financial assets. It is therefore important to consult decent family lawyers before attempting to split the contents of your home post-divorce. Failing to do so can result in disagreements which have to be settled by a court.

What is the first thing to do?

Hopefully, your marriage will end on good terms and you will be able to split in an amicable and friendly manner. Unfortunately, this kind of split is rare, and will usually only happen in relationships where there has been no significant financial component – in other words, in relationships where there are few to no assets to divide.

Five Tips For Dealing With A Shareholder Dispute As A Shareholder

Companies are run by management structures. These management groups are usually in charge of making large financial decisions. These financial decisions can directly impact a company’s share price, income, and indirectly, the shareholders.

This means that shareholder disputes can arise if the shareholders feel that the company isn’t making good decisions, and that their shares are suffering as a result. In most cases, disputes are opened when a number of large shareholders get together, but they can happen at any time. A good team of commercial lawyers is usually needed to make sure that the disputes are resolved in a timely manner which leaves both parties pleased.

The following five tips can help you, as a shareholder, deal with a shareholder dispute.

  1. Make Sure That You Are Represented By A Good Commercial Lawyer

The key, if you want the dispute to be dealt with in a timely fashion, is to make sure that the shareholder group is represented by a high quality commercial lawyer. Sometimes, this lawyer will be able to sort things out almost immediately, due to their knowledge and expertise when it comes to defusing tense disputes. However, at other times your lawyer will be required to help the shareholder group work through a long and tiring dispute process, but will hopefully be able to help achieve a good result.