Legal Arguments and Hearings

Legal Arguments and Hearings (Queensland)

If you are facing a criminal charge, it is essential to understand the role and importance of legal arguments as part of any defence strategy. Many people do not realise there are multiple options available to defendants to seek to argue flaws in a prosecution case – well before it ever reaches a trial.

As leading criminal lawyers, we have demonstrated success in litigating complex legal issues and reveal inherent flaws or weaknesses in a prosecution case. This can lead to charges being dismissed at an early time, or result in less serious offences being substituted to resolve the case.

In all cases, we thoroughly examine the material to advise our clients at an early stage whether there is a basis to challenge a prosecution case through legal arguments and hearings.

If you are seeking experienced criminal lawyers to help you to understand the consequences of pleading guilty in court, contact our team for a free case assessment.

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Courtroom Expertise

Anderson Fredericks Turner has some of the few practising solicitors in Queensland who have been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

Andrew Anderson and Kerri Fredericks both formerly worked as Senior Crown Prosecutors, meaning they have significant courtroom experience across Queensland.

If you want lawyers who are not still trying to find their feet, we have the courtroom expertise to afford you the best representation for your criminal law issue.

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Call one of our criminal lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the allegations you face. It costs nothing to find out why we are the defence lawyers you can trust.

If you engage us to defend you, our criminal lawyers will assist you every step of the way. We:

  • inform you of your legal rights and entitlements.

  • inform you of your legal responsibilities.

  • obtain information that may cast doubt on the credibility or reliability of the allegations.

  • challenge evidence that is unreliable, or seek a case to be dismissed if there has been a violation of rights or an abuse of process.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the interests of a person facing allegations. If you want advice you can trust from a respected criminal law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

WHY CHOOSE US

Courtroom Expertise

Anderson Fredericks Turner has some of the few practising solicitors in Queensland who have been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

Andrew Anderson and Kerri Fredericks both formerly worked as Senior Crown Prosecutors, meaning they have significant courtroom experience across Queensland.

If you want lawyers who are not still trying to find their feet, we have the courtroom expertise to afford you the best representation for your criminal law issue.

Read more
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Free Case Review

Call one of our criminal lawyers for a free, no-obligation initial review of the allegations you face. It costs nothing to find out why we are the defence lawyers you can trust.

If you engage us to defend you, our criminal lawyers will assist you every step of the way. We:

  • inform you of your legal rights and entitlements.

  • inform you of your legal responsibilities.

  • obtain information that may cast doubt on the credibility or reliability of the allegations.

  • challenge evidence that is unreliable, or seek a case to be dismissed if there has been a violation of rights or an abuse of process.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the interests of a person facing allegations. If you want advice you can trust from a respected criminal law firm, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

To book a consultation with one of our criminal lawyers Call Now: 1300 AFT LEGAL (1300 238 534) – 24 Hour Emergency Contact

Legal Arguments

Alternatives to Criminal Prosecution

Alternatives to Criminal Prosecution

The criminal law can result in harsh outcomes, which in some cases are unnecessary as there are appropriate alternatives to criminal prosecution. Such alternatives may include civil settlements, drug diversion, justice mediation, enforceable undertakings or deferred prosecution agreements. Great care must be taken in pursuing such options, as there can be real risks in seeking alternatives to prosecution.

The Importance of Objecting to Evidence

The Importance of Objecting to Evidence

Failure to object to evidence in a criminal proceeding can have significant consequences. Knowing the rules of evidence and how evidence may be legitimately or unfairly used in a criminal trial are critical to determining what objections should be made. We have experienced criminal lawyers who have a sophisticated understanding of importance of objections to inadmissible or unfairly prejudicial evidence.

Expert Witnesses in Criminal Cases

Expert Witnesses in Criminal Cases

Increasingly in criminal cases both prosecution and defence are relying on expert witnesses to support their cases. There are specific rules that place obligations on a defendant in a criminal proceeding to notify the prosecution of certain expert evidence. These rules and the increasing importance of expert witnesses makes it essential to have a thorough understanding of the limits of expert witnesses in criminal cases.

Timing of Legal Arguments in Queensland

Timing of Legal Arguments in Queensland

For a defendant facing a criminal charge, it can be important to understand how the timing of legal arguments and their litigation affect criminal trials. They often have the effect of reducing the length of criminal trials. As part of an effective strategy to answer a criminal charge, it is important to take account of the timing of legal arguments and how they may impact the prosecution case and ultimately the trial.

Legal Argument Procedure in Queensland

Legal Argument Procedure in Queensland

In former times in Queensland there were no established procedures or fixed rules about when a defendant was to raise legal issues. This led to what was termed ‘trial by ambush’, where prosecutors were expected to deal with a series of legal arguments without notice. Courts in Queensland have moved to expect both prosecutors and defendants to follow procedures set out for how legal arguments are to be conducted.

How to End a Prosecution Case

How to End a Prosecution Case

In facing a criminal charge, there are a number of points at which a defendant can seek to have a prosecution case end before it ever reaches a verdict. Understanding these opportunities and the legal tests or standards that will be applied at various stages can assist people facing criminal charges to know when it is most likely for a case to be dismissed.

Legal Arguments

Alternatives to Criminal Prosecution

The criminal law can result in harsh outcomes, which in some cases are unnecessary as there are appropriate alternatives to criminal prosecution. Such alternatives may include civil settlements, drug diversion, justice mediation, enforceable undertakings or deferred prosecution agreements. Great care must be taken in pursuing such options, as there can be real risks in seeking alternatives to prosecution.

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The Importance of Objecting to Evidence

Failure to object to evidence in a criminal proceeding can have significant consequences. Knowing the rules of evidence and how evidence may be legitimately or unfairly used in a criminal trial are critical to determining what objections should be made. We have experienced criminal lawyers who have a sophisticated understanding of importance of objections to inadmissible or unfairly prejudicial evidence.

Call Our Lawyers
Expert Witnesses in Criminal Cases

Increasingly in criminal cases both prosecution and defence are relying on expert witnesses to support their cases. There are specific rules that place obligations on a defendant in a criminal proceeding to notify the prosecution of certain expert evidence. These rules and the increasing importance of expert witnesses makes it essential to have a thorough understanding of the limits of expert witnesses in criminal cases.

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Timing of Legal Arguments in Queensland

For a defendant facing a criminal charge, it can be important to understand how the timing of legal arguments and their litigation affect criminal trials. They often have the effect of reducing the length of criminal trials. As part of an effective strategy to answer a criminal charge, it is important to take account of the timing of legal arguments and how they may impact the prosecution case and ultimately the trial.

Call Our Lawyers
Legal Argument Procedure in Queensland

In former times in Queensland there were no established procedures or fixed rules about when a defendant was to raise legal issues. This led to what was termed ‘trial by ambush’, where prosecutors were expected to deal with a series of legal arguments without notice. Courts in Queensland have moved to expect both prosecutors and defendants to follow procedures set out for how legal arguments are to be conducted.

Call Our Lawyers
How to End a Prosecution Case

In facing a criminal charge, there are a number of points at which a defendant can seek to have a prosecution case end before it ever reaches a verdict. Understanding these opportunities and the legal tests or standards that will be applied at various stages can assist people facing criminal charges to know when it is most likely for a case to be dismissed.

Call Our Lawyers