James & Jaramillo is synonymous with unwavering commitment and expertise in criminal law. As accredited specialists certified by the Law Society of NSW, we focus on providing personalised legal defence services guided by years of experience and a profound understanding of the legal landscape in New South Wales.
Facing criminal charges can be daunting, and choosing the right legal representation is paramount. Our seasoned professionals are dedicated to crafting effective defence strategies, protecting your rights, and navigating the complexities of offences, defences, and penalties. It’s not just about legal representation; it’s about empowering you with the knowledge and support you need to make informed decisions.
With a strong reputation and successful track record in NSW courts, we are more than a trusted law firm; we are your allies in the pursuit of justice. Explore further to gain insights into criminal law and discover how James & Jaramillo stands ready to guide you every step of the way.
In New South Wales, criminal offences are classified under the Crimes Act 1900 into categories that guide the legal proceedings:
Strictly Indictable Offences: Reserved for serious crimes, these are handled in higher courts and encompass significant violations like murder and robbery.
Indictable Offences: Including a wide array of offences, these can be dealt with summarily by the Local Court, depending on the nature and circumstances.
Summary Offences: Regarded as minor criminal violations, the Local Court manages these without the need for a full trial. Examples include traffic infringements and public nuisance.
Understanding these classifications is vital in criminal law, as it shapes the course of legal action, available defences, and potential penalties. At James & Jaramillo, we provide specialised guidance aligned with this legal framework, ensuring our clients receive well-informed and dedicated representation in NSW.
Our clients speak highly of our criminal law services. We’re not in the business of telling clients what they want to hear, rather providing them with an objective assessment & solution tailored specifically for their needs.
Criminal law in NSW encompasses a range of common defences that may be invoked, depending on the circumstances of a case. Below is a brief overview of some of these:
Alibi: An alibi defence is used when evidence shows that the accused was elsewhere at the time of the offence, making it impossible for them to have committed the crime.
Automatism: This may include both sane and insane automatism, where actions were involuntary due to mental illness or the accused could not comprehend the wrongness of their actions.
Duress: Duress is invoked when the accused was forced to commit a crime under threat or intimidation.
Necessity: This defence is applicable when breaking the law was necessary to avert serious consequences.
Provocation/Extreme Provocation: A partial defence to murder, this requires proof that the deceased’s conduct caused the accused to lose control in a manner that would affect an ordinary person.
Self-Defence: This can be raised when actions were taken reasonably to protect oneself, property, or another person.
Substantial Impairment: Pertaining to cases where mental health or cognitive impairment substantially affected the accused’s actions.
It’s important to note that these are just examples of common defences, and the applicability of each may vary according to specific legal situations. At James & Jaramillo, we specialise in understanding and applying these defences, ensuring our clients receive the best representation.
Criminal law in NSW encompasses various potential penalties that reflect the gravity and nature of the offence. Understanding these expected outcomes can be crucial in navigating legal proceedings:
Prison: Full-time custody or alternatives like intensive corrections orders, often imposed on severe offences with considerations for non-parole periods.
Fines: Monetary penalties with specific limits, payable to the Court Registry, often used as alternatives or additions to other penalties.
Section 10 Dismissal: A non-conviction order that dismisses charges, the most lenient penalty for certain crimes.
Conditional Release Orders (CROs): Orders with or without conviction, containing conditions such as rehabilitation, abstaining from substances, or non-association.
Community Correction Orders (CCOs): Less severe penalties with standard and additional conditions, available as an alternative to imprisonment.
Intensive Corrections Orders (ICOs): Community-served alternatives to
imprisonment, focusing on community safety and the risk of reoffending.
These summaries provide insight into the complexities of criminal law in NSW. Each case is unique, and these penalties may vary widely based on specific circumstances.
At James & Jaramillo, we specialise in understanding and navigating these
outcomes, offering personalised consultations and services tailored to your situation. Please contact us to explore our specific services or schedule a consultation.
We understand that you may want to make an informed decision before calling us. This is why we’ve created a vast resource of information of some starting points depending on your case. Our team deals with these matters on a daily basis, and have created concise and easy-to-understand legal definitions and explanations on various criminal charges, the legal implications for that specific charge, and what options you may have:
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Our mission begins with listening without judgment. Facing criminal charges can be an overwhelming experience, affecting one’s life,
reputation, liberty, and livelihood. We recognise each situation’s uniqueness and the emotions accompanying such challenges.
As trusted advisors, we aim to cut through complexity, ground your emotions, and guide you towards informed decisions. Collaboration is at the core of our approach, ensuring that you actively participate in your defence. We don’t merely tell you what you want to hear but what you need to hear.
Navigating the complexities of criminal law can be daunting. Seeking professional legal assistance is crucial, and here’s how you can approach it:
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If all of this feels overwhelming or too much, don’t worry; let us worry about that. At James & Jaramillo, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Give us a call, let’s organise a free consultation, and go from there.