From our criminal law files

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Mine worker immediately released from prison Our client was initially charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Following our representations, the prosecution accepted a plea to a lesser offence. We made a plea in mitigation on behalf of our client and the judge imposed a sentence that meant he was immediately released from prison (where […]

Criminal records need not be a life sentence

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Anyone convicted of an offence (including traffic offences) will have a criminal record. But it is possible to apply for a spent conviction order either: at the time of sentencing; or ten years after being convicted. Unlike some countries, convictions in Western Australia do not become spent automatically after passage of time. A criminal record […]

The kind of lawyer you hope the other guy has

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It’s not always easy to tell if the lawyer you’ve hired is right for you. If you’re wondering if you’ve chosen wisely our (slightly) tongue in cheek Guide may help you to decide if you’ve ended up with the kind of lawyer you hope the other guy has. “A lawyer’s advice is his stock and […]

Here there be pirates…

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With Australians sitting at the top of the online piracy charts, it comes as no surprise that the Federal government is considering cracking down on illicit downloading with a “three strikes” graduated response scheme. What is a graduated response scheme? Graduated response schemes involve sending a series of warning notices to owners of Internet accounts that have […]

Bookkeeper acquitted of 82 fraud charges

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Following a 5 day trial, Birman & Ride today secured the acquittal on all counts of a bookkeeper charged with 82 counts of stealing from an employer. Police laid the charges following her employer’s complaint that he queried ‘irregular payments’ appearing on his company’s bank statements. The employer claimed that he had been unable to […]

The devil is in the documents

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Court cases are mostly decided on the facts in dispute – not esoteric points of law or by the brilliance of barristers’ arguments. And it’s surprising how often litigants leave sorting out the facts to the last minute. Sometimes what seemed to be a rock-solid action can collapse overnight because a factual point was overlooked. […]