Criminal Lawyers Newcastle

The Defence You Need

Be defended by quality criminal lawyers in the Local, District and Supreme Court. The team from Bale Boshev Lawyers have proudly served clients from across Newcastle, the Central Coast and the Hunter Valley regions since 1980.

Our criminal lawyers in Newcastle have a wealth of knowledge in criminal trials and can provide you with honest and professional legal advice and representation. We can explain to you the prospects of the case and advise on the best course of action for you. We will represent you and speak on your behalf to the Court, police and any other institution.

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Drink Driving & Drug Offences

In NSW, refusal to take a breath test is considered an offence, and penalties can include losing your driver’s licence, fines, prison sentence and installing an alcohol interlock device. Drink driving is considered a serious criminal offence, as the consequences of drink driving can result in motor accidents which can cause injuries or death. The police have the ability to suspend your licence immediately if you are caught drink driving over the legal limit, even if it is a first time or low range offence.

Consuming or supplying prohibited drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and MDMA all warrant a drug offence that could lead to a fine and/or imprisonment. It’s important that you seek immediate legal representation if you are charged with a drug offence. Your lawyer will be able to assess your case and protect your innocence until you are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Domestic Violence & AVO

At Bale Boshev Lawyers, our Newcastle can represent the plaintiff and the defendant for all criminal offences such as domestic violence. Our lawyers can help you apply or defend an apprehended violence order (AVO).

An AVO is an order issued to protect domestic violence victims who are fearful of future violence, or if there has been a threat to their safety. It’s important to understand that an
AVO hearing is not a criminal matter, however breaching an AVO is a criminal offence and can lead to a maximum fine of $5,500 and/or a 2 year imprisonment.

Assaults, Murder & Manslaughter

We understand the severity of these offences and strive to provide all our clients with a compassionate legal service. The difference between assault, murder and manslaughter lies in whether there has been a death, and whether the death was planned. Assault is any action of violence that resulted in serious injuries, and manslaughter is the accidental death caused by an unintentional action.

If you have been charged with assault, murder or manslaughter charges, our lawyers in Newcastle will provide legal advice on the severity of the offence, likely penalties and potential defences. We will help you through interactions with the police, manage all matters related to the case and ensure you receive the best possible outcome.

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If you feel your penalty was too severe, or you were unfairly found guilty in court, the team at Bale Boshev Lawyers can assist in filing an appeal for you. Most appeals must be submitted within 28 days after the initial sentence date, with exceptions applied if there is justification to the delay. Your lawyer will prepare all required paperwork for your appeal and provide legal representation.

The highest court you can take your case to is the High Court of Australia. The High Court is reserved for complex law discussions, so you must seek special leave to appeal to the High Court. Your case will only be heard if the application is successful.

Criminal law is highly complex, time-consuming and emotionally draining for all parties involved. Having a professional criminal lawyer will help to resolve your case as smoothly as possible, whilst providing you with the legal support you need during these difficult times.

Contact Paul O’Sullivan at our Hamilton Office today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are involved in a criminal offence, you should avoid talking about the case to anyone. The last thing you want is to have your information be out in the public, as it might be able to assist the prosecution.

If you have a criminal record, it can lead to difficulties in travelling overseas, gaining employment, renting property and gaining an Australian citizenship. It’s important to always have legal representation to defend you in court to avoid having a criminal record.

When you arrive at court, you will find a court list on a wall which tells you what courtroom you need to go to. When you enter the courtroom, make sure to turn off your phone, remove your hat and sunglasses and stop eating, drinking or chewing gum. You should wear business casual clothing, and address all questions directed to you clearly and succinctly.

If you are arrested by police, you have the right to phone a lawyer of your choice. In Australia, you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s important to not say anything that could damage your case and wait for your lawyer.

The judge will review all relevant evidence, listen to witness responses and ask questions to both parties. The jury will then review all relevant facts to the case and reach a decision. If the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the judge may request the trial be held again with a new jury panel.

Talk to one of our Newcastle lawyers today, and let us fight for you.