Pleading Guilty in Court

If a person is convicted of an offence, courts often take into account the cooperation they have given to the criminal justice system. Pleading guilty in court is one way a person can seek to reduce the severity of any sentence that may be imposed on them. It is not a decision that ought to taken lightly, given the serious consequences that can follow.

We work with our clients so that there is a proper appreciation of the likely penalties. An experienced lawyer can often make a difference to the outcome, particularly where there are contested facts or where the reasons for the commission of the offence need to be properly explained to the court.

Where necessary, we assist our clients to obtain expert reports, such as doctors and psychiatrists, which may assist a court in understanding any underlying issues that may have contributed to any offending. 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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Character References

Character references can be influential for a court when considering the appropriate penalty to impose. It is important for people facing a sentence to ensure character references are properly prepared.

In this article, Andrew Anderson, Principal Lawyer, provides an overview of some of the important considerations people writing character references letters for a court case to keep in mind.

If you seek leading criminal lawyers, 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.

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

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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.

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Pleading Guilty in Court: How Our Lawyers Can Help

Charge Negotiations and Plea Bargains

Charge Negotiations and Plea Bargains

It is lawful and ethical for prosecutors and criminal defence lawyers to negotiate what is the correct charge, or the precise facts upon which a plea of guilty may be based, in Queensland. While people often refer to ‘plea bargaining’ when referring to charge negotiations, plea bargaining can encompass a wider range of settlements than is considered appropriate in Queensland.

Pleading Guilty - Preparation for Sentences in Queensland

Preparation for Sentences in Queensland

For people pleading guilty in court who are seeking the best outcome possible, ensuring proper attention is given to preparing for the sentencing hearing is critical. In advance of sentencing hearings, our criminal lawyers identify the issues that are going to be important or relevant and seek to address each issue so far as is possible to seek the best outcome for our clients.

Pleading Guilty - How Judges Decide Sentences in Queensland

How Judges Decide Sentences in Queensland

In Queensland, sentencing is primarily informed by the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld), which sets out mandatory or discretionary factors to be taken into account in relation to adults. Consideration of sentences imposed in earlier cases of a similar nature is another important part of the sentencing process.  Understanding how judges sentence is critical to anybody pleading guilty in court.

Types of Sentencing Orders for Adults

Types of Sentencing Orders for Adults

In Queensland there are a wide variety of options available to courts when sentencing adults. It ranges from the option to absolutely discharge someone convicted of an offence right through to orders of life imprisonment or indefinite orders. For anybody who is pleading guilty in court, understanding the types of sentencing orders available assists to frame the arguments towards particular outcomes.

Types of Sentencing Orders for Juveniles

Types of Sentencing Orders for Juveniles

The Youth Justice Act 1992 (Qld) has a heavy emphasis on rehabilitation for youthful offenders in Queensland. It requires judges to consider restorative justice processes and all orders are to be determined having regard to the Charter of Youth Justice Principles. Detention for juvenile offenders is a sentence of last resort where it is considered the only appropriate sentence.

Consequences of Being Convicted of Offences

Consequences of Being Convicted of Offences

The consequences of being convicted by a court can catch people by surprise. Our criminal lawyers within Anderson Fredericks Turner work to ensure that each client understands the consequences that may follow from any sentence. Not only can a conviction impact the reputation of a person, it can have wider consequences for their ongoing liberty, employment, licences and travel plans.

Pleading Guilty in Court

Charge Negotiations and Plea Bargains

It is lawful and ethical for prosecutors and criminal defence lawyers to negotiate what is the correct charge, or the precise facts upon which a plea of guilty may be based, in Queensland. While people often refer to ‘plea bargaining’ when referring to charge negotiations, plea bargaining can encompass a wider range of settlements than is considered appropriate in Queensland.

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Pleading Guilty - Preparation for Sentences in Queensland

For people pleading guilty in court who are seeking the best outcome possible, ensuring proper attention is given to preparing for the sentencing hearing is critical. In advance of sentencing hearings, our criminal lawyers identify the issues that are going to be important or relevant and seek to address each issue so far as is possible to seek the best outcome for our clients.

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Pleading Guilty - How Judges Decide Sentences in Queensland

In Queensland, sentencing is primarily informed by the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld), which sets out mandatory or discretionary factors to be taken into account in relation to adults. Consideration of sentences imposed in earlier cases of a similar nature is another important part of the sentencing process.  Understanding how judges sentence is critical to anybody pleading guilty in court.

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Types of Sentencing Orders for Adults

In Queensland there are a wide variety of options available to courts when sentencing adults. It ranges from the option to absolutely discharge someone convicted of an offence right through to orders of life imprisonment or indefinite orders. For anybody who is pleading guilty in court, understanding the types of sentencing orders available assists to frame the arguments towards particular outcomes.

Call Our Lawyers
Types of Sentencing Orders for Juveniles

The Youth Justice Act 1992 (Qld) has a heavy emphasis on rehabilitation for youthful offenders in Queensland. It requires judges to consider restorative justice processes and all orders are to be determined having regard to the Charter of Youth Justice Principles. Detention for juvenile offenders is a sentence of last resort where it is considered the only appropriate sentence.

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Consequences of Being Convicted of Offences

The consequences of being convicted by a court can catch people by surprise. Our criminal lawyers within Anderson Fredericks Turner work to ensure that each client understands the consequences that may follow from any sentence. Not only can a conviction impact the reputation of a person, it can have wider consequences for their ongoing liberty, employment, licences and travel plans.

Call Our Lawyers