HAMILTON JANKE LAWYERS
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What We Do
Hamilton Janke Lawyers is a criminal defence law firm in Newcastle, NSW. We have extensive litigation experience in defending criminal and traffic matters, AVO’s, bail applications, appeals, inquests, commissions and enquiries.
Not Your Typical Criminal Defence Lawyers
Hamilton Janke Lawyers are based in Newcastle and service courts across NSW. We also have a perfect client satisfaction score on Google and Facebook. Hamilton Janke Lawyers have experience at every level of the criminal justice system and will fiercely protect your interests. Utilising a proven network of the best Solicitors, Barristers, experts and advisors to get you the best result.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I have received a Court Attendance Notice, what do I do?
If you are charged with a criminal offence you will be given a Court Attendance Notice (CAN). The CAN will give you the following information:
- The court you will have to attend
- The date and time you will need to attend court
- The offence with which you have been charged
How do I enter or change a plea?
Arguably one of the most important decisions that you will have to make if you have been charged with a criminal offence is whether to plead guilty or not guilty. For more detailed information about entering or changing a plea, click here.
Can I avoid conviction?
There are three ways to avoid conviction:
- Successfully defending the charge; or
- Getting the charge dismissed; or
- Having the matter dealt with pursuant to section 32 of the Mental Health (Forsensic Provisions) Act.
What penalties will a court impose?
NSW courts can impose the following penalties:
- Conditional Release Orders
- Community Correction Orders
- Intensive Correction Orders
Will I go to gaol?
By law, a court must not sentence an offender to imprisonment unless it is satisfied, having considered all possible alternatives, that no penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate. There are a variety of more moderate penalties that the court can impose as an alternative to a custodial sentence, which can be read about here.
Can I appeal a decision?
You can appeal against your conviction or your sentence, or both. For more information on the appeals process in NSW, click here.
What courts do you appear in?
We service all courts across NSW, and have experience appearing in interstate courts and acting in extradition matters. For an extensive list of the courts we attend, visit our services page.