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.