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Are you aware of the importance of Section 10 when you’re facing a criminal charge?

Section 10: Why is it so important when facing a criminal charge in NSW?

Facing criminal charges in New South Wales can be a daunting experience, with potential consequences that may have a lasting impact on your life. In this blog, we, the senior legal experts at Repute Law, aim to guide you through the complexities of the legal landscape in NSW, specifically focusing on convictions and the elusive Section 10. Understanding how to respond when charged and knowing the avenues available can make a significant difference. We’ll delve into the intricacies of the law, presenting relevant case law, potential defences, and why Repute Law stands out as the premier criminal law firm to handle your case.

When facing criminal charges, it’s crucial to understand the legal intricacies that may be your key to a favourable outcome. Possible defences to police charges can vary, but one avenue that stands out is the elusive Section 10 (1) (a) under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. A Section 10 dismissal allows the court to find you guilty of an offence but not to record a conviction, give you a fine or any other penalty.

Courts have exemplified the application of Section 10 in many cases. The court considers the offending behaviour, the defendant’s character, age, and the impact of a conviction on their employment as well as why the offence was committed in the first place and any other matter the court thinks is necessary to properly consider the case at hand. This underscores the discretionary nature of Section 10 and emphasizes the importance of presenting a compelling case to the court.

There are two other s10 alternatives the court may consider including:

  1. S10 (1) (b) – a conditional dismissal with a good behaviour bond attached, meaning you must be of good behaviour for a certain period of time and adhere to any other conditions placed on you under the order.
  2. S10 (1) (c) – a conditional release with a rehabilitation order attached. Meaning that you must complete any program the court sees fit within a specific time frame and a new court date will be issued to ensure you attend and provide evidence that the program has been completed. Other various conditions may also be listed under this order.

At Repute Law, our senior lawyers have a wealth of experience in handling criminal cases, including those involving Section 10 applications. We understand the nuances of each case and strategically use relevant case law to strengthen your defence. Our expertise extends to providing comprehensive legal advice, ensuring you are well-informed about your options.

Why Repute Law Stands Out

Repute Law is not just another law firm; we are one of the only firms in Australia comprised entirely of senior court lawyers. With no junior lawyers in our ranks, our clients benefit from the undivided attention and vast experience of seasoned legal professionals. Our team includes Case Concierges® who are lawyers themselves, guiding you through every step of your criminal law case. As a client-focused firm, we prioritise your needs and work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome.

Consequences of Criminal Charges: Why Repute Law is Your Best Choice

The consequences of a criminal charge can be severe, impacting your personal and professional life. Repute Law recognizes the gravity of your situation and offers tailored legal strategies to mitigate these consequences and ensure all avenues of a s10 are considered. Our senior criminal defence lawyers meticulously analyse the details of your case, ensuring that all relevant legal precedents are considered.

Our expertise extends beyond the courtroom, as we provide unwavering support and guidance throughout the legal process. We understand the stress associated with criminal charges, and our team is dedicated to alleviating that burden by crafting a robust defence strategy.
When facing the prospect of a conviction in NSW, seeking the right legal advice is paramount. Our expertise, backed by years of experience and a client-centric approach, ensures that you receive the best possible legal representation and guidance. Don’t navigate these turbulent waters alone – contact Repute Law today and let us begin working towards securing the best outcome for your case.

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