Have you either been interviewed or charged by police for an alleged violent or assault offence?
Before you speak to police, we recommend that you contact a lawyer to discuss what you say to police.
You should review our criminal law FAQs section which provides general advice on arrest and detention. https://www.rowanskinnerlegal.com.au/criminal-law-faqs/
Police will usually charge you with multiple alternative offences, which is known as ‘loading up’.
It is essential that you get legal advice before you comment on the allegations. It is important to know that in Victoria you do not have a right to be legally represented at interview. You have a right to communicate with a legal practitioner, or attempt to communicate with a legal practitioner, that is, to make a telephone call. Sometimes this is not always convenient.
Police will usually say before the interview ‘this is your opportunity to tell your story’. Be wary of this advice!
If you have been charged with assault or a violent crime then it is important to begin speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible. Our violence, or assault lawyers in Melbourne can offer a free no obligation consultation if you are being questioned in relation to a violent crime.
Rowan Skinner has decades of experience defending clients who have been charged with violent crimes and similar criminal offences. He can provide the advice and defence to help you through any part of a prosecution or questioning.
Whether the violence charges are related to family related or other incidents, getting the right advice in a timely manner is critical. Along with advising clients, we can also represent you in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts.
Along with online or phone consultations, we have two offices, one in Clifton Hill and the other in Melbourne’s CBD. Our Clifton Hill location is convenient for those needing and assault charge lawyer in Northcote, Coburg, Fitzroy and other surrounding suburbs.
When To Consult With A Violent Offence Lawyer?
Being charged with assault or other violent offences is a serious matter. The sooner you seek legal counsel the better. Whether you have been charged already, or the police are questioning you in relation to an assault incident, we would encourage you to contact us now.
Assault Defence Lawyer In Melbourne
We understand that it must be very stressful to be involved in, or accused of a violent crime.
After gathering as many of the facts as possible we will consider all options in regards to your defence. Some important topics include your whereabouts at the time of the crime, witnesses involved, previous statement you may have made during interviews with police and many other circumstances.
It is not advised to try and represent yourself at Court, because in most circumstances you may do yourself a disservice. Understanding the law is the first step in any criminal defence.
Call us for more information if your need help from a violent offence lawyer in Northcote, Coburg, Brunswick, Kew, in the Melbourne CBD or the surrounding areas.
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