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The Power of Representations: How They Can Lead to Criminal Charges Being Withdrawn or Downgraded in NSW

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in New South Wales, it’s important to understand the power of representations and how they can potentially result in charges being withdrawn or downgraded. When made effectively and backed by a strong legal strategy and material, representations can be a powerful tool in your defence. In this blog, we will delve into the topic of representations, explain how these can affect police charges, and highlight why Repute Law is the best criminal law firm to handle your case.

Making Representations

When facing a criminal charge, it is essential to have a skilled legal team that understands the intricacies of New South Wales law to act as your defence. One defence strategy that can be employed is making representations to the police or the prosecution. Representations are essentially requests for them to reconsider their decision to proceed with the charges. They provide an opportunity to present compelling arguments and evidence that may result in the charges being combined, reduced or completely withdrawn against you.

The success of representations largely depends on the strength of the legal arguments and evidence presented. It is vital to have an experienced legal team that can craft persuasive representations tailored to your specific case. At Repute Law, we are proud to be one of the only law firms in Australia made up entirely of Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers. With our in-depth knowledge and vast experience, we are well-equipped to navigate the complex legal landscape and maximise the potential for successful representations. We can provide examples of the materials needed to ensure you are positioned in a more favourable light and the police, prosecutors and courts have an opportunity to see the good you may be doing resulting in the courts not having to intervene more than they have too.

The power of representations can identify issues with the evidence, or lack of evidence, or lack of a necessary point of proof to substantiate a certain charge. For example, representations can be made highlighting the lack of evidence to support a drug supply charge and for it to be downgraded to possession, which carries a much lighter penalty. Likewise, it may be argued that the evidence supports a common assault charge rather than assault occasioning actual bodily harm. In some cases, representations may highlight issues with the identification of an accused or point out issues with procedures followed by the police and request that all charges be withdrawn. The defence may also be in possession of evidence not known to the police that provides a defence to the charge. Cases like this underscores the importance of effective representations and the potential for charges to be dropped ior diowngraded f compelling arguments are presented.

Factors That Can Lead to Charges Being Withdrawn or Downgraded

Several factors can contribute to charges being withdrawn or downgraded in response to representations including:

  1. Lack of Evidence: If the evidence supporting the charges is weak or insufficient, the prosecution might reconsider proceeding with the case. That is, there is no reasonable prospect of conviction, or no reasonable prospect of conviction on certain charges.
  2. Public Interest: The prosecution assesses whether pursuing the case aligns with the public interest. Representations highlighting mitigating circumstances or positive changes can influence this assessment.
  3. Defence Evidence: The defence may provide evidence from witnesses that were not known to the Police which cast a different light on the incident and the guilt of an accused.
  4. Alternative Resolutions: Representations might lead to negotiations for alternative resolutions, such as diversion programs, community service or restorative justice processes.

The experienced lawyers at Repute Law will meticulously analyse your case, identify the relevant legal issues, and develop a comprehensive defence strategy that may include customised representations to address your case’s specific circumstances.

It is worth mentioning that guidelines provided by the courts can significantly impact the outcome of a case. Understanding these guidelines is crucial when constructing representations and arguing for the withdrawal of charges. At Repute Law, we stay updated with the latest legal developments and guideline judgments to ensure our clients receive the most effective and informed representation.

Repute Law believes in providing exceptional client service throughout the legal process. Every client is allocated a Senior Criminal Defence Lawyer and a dedicated Case Concierge®, also a qualified lawyer. This team approach ensures you receive the highest level of support and advice to make informed decisions about your case. Our goal is to ensure you are Court Ready® by thoroughly preparing you for Court proceedings and exploring all possible avenues to achieve the best possible outcome.


By engaging Repute Law at the earliest opportunity, our Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers can promptly gather evidence, interview witnesses and prepare the best possible defence. Our team will negotiate with the police, aiming to minimise reputational loss by seeking to have the charges reduced or even dismissed without going to Court. Early representation could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.

If you or someone you know is in need of expert legal representation, contact Repute Law today. Our team of skilled and dedicated professionals is ready to assist you, ensuring the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t leave your future to chance. Choose Repute Law for the highest level of legal expertise and personalised client service.

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