Regardless of whether you have been charged with a minor Police matter, or you are facing a serious criminal charge, our experienced criminal lawyers can assist you. Scammell & Co. will provide a fearless and comprehensive defence to any criminal charges laid against you. Where you concede a charge, we will work to persuade the Prosecution and the Court that a low penalty should be imposed. Our criminal lawyers stake a stand for you.
Scammell & Co. criminal lawyers can advise you about the following:
- What is legally required for the Police to prove the charge;
- Whether you have a defence to the charge;
- Whether the Police are likely to withdraw the charge; and
- The penalty you are likely to receive and what steps should be taken to improve your chances of achieving the best result.
We can also accompany you at the Police interview, negotiate with Prosecution and appear on your behalf at Court hearings.
Whether the offence is dealt with in the Magistrates Court, District Court or Supreme Court, you will benefit from skilled and experienced legal representation. The Courts we attend include:
- Supreme Court of South Australia;
- District Court of South Australia;
- Adelaide Magistrates Court;
- Port Adelaide Magistrates Court;
- Elizabeth Magistrates Court;
- Christies Beach Magistrates Court;
- Adelaide Youth Court and
- All country Courts where sufficient funding exists to cover necessary associated travel and other expenses.
Scammell & Co. can assist across the broad spectrum of Police and Criminal matters including:
- Drug Offences
- Traffic Offences
- Common Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Property Damage / Theft
- Social Security and Taxation matters
- Criminal Assets Confiscation Law
- Criminal charges in relation to Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Court Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Criminal charge reduction or withdrawal
In the event you are a migrant/born outside of Australia, and you are convicted of an offence and receive a term of imprisonment, the Federal Government may decide to cancel your visa. In the event the term of imprisonment is at least 6 years in length, they could even cancel your Australian citizenship. Please refer to our Migration Law page on this website for information about how we can make an application to revoke this cancellation of visa/citizenship on your behalf.
What Scammell & Co. will achieve for you
Our service includes face-to-face appointments with you during which we will obtain detailed instructions about the allegations you are facing. We will advise you fully about your matter, and reach an agreement with you on the most appropriate strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.
Scammell & Co. have offices located throughout South Australia including Adelaide CBD, Port Adelaide, Walkerville, Gawler, Tanunda and Renmark. Call or email us today to speak with a lawyer about your matter, or to book an appointment at an office convenient to you.
For urgent advice please call 0412 975 081 or contact our barristers and solicitors dedicated to Police, Traffic and Criminal matters:
Ursula Matson: 0422 055 968
For information regarding driving offences including drink or drug driving, speeding or driving whilst disqualified / suspended please refer to our Traffic Offences page.
FAQs Click on the questions below to reveal the answer.
What should I bring to an appointment?
Can I avoid a conviction on my record?
When a Court hands down a penalty, a conviction for that offence will generally be recorded against your name. Convictions can sometimes affect your future employment, your ability to travel overseas and / or your ability to get certain licences such as a driver’s licence to drive motor vehicles.
In certain circumstances, a Court can deal with your matter without recording a conviction if there is a good reason. Getting early advice on this issue is extremely important if an application is to be made.
What are my rights when being questioned by Police?
It is important that you remain cooperative and polite with Police but we recommend that you exercise your right to remain silent until you have received legal advice. There are some questions that you are required by law to answer, otherwise you will be charged with an offence for failing to do so. The information that you must provide to Police is:
- Your full name.
- Your date of birth.
- Your address.
If the Police inquiry relates to a motor vehicle then it will be necessary for you to provide the name of the person that was driving the motor vehicle at the date and time nominated by Police.
To other questions simply reply: “I exercise my right to remain silent until I receive legal advice”, or simply say “I don’t wish to answer.”
Call Scammell & Co. on 8447 4466 or 8212 6875 (or after hours on 0412 975 081) as soon as the Police give you an opportunity to call a solicitor. We will provide you with further advice over the telephone and we can even negotiate with the Police to get bail for you.
What will Scammell & Co. achieve for me?
What if I need urgent advice?
I have received an expiation notice and want to challenge it. What should I do? If I pay the fine, will I lose my licence?
If the defending of my Police matter is successful, either by winning at trial or by the Police withdrawing the charges against me (‘dropping the charges’), can I recover any of my legal fees?
It is possible to make an application for costs at the conclusion of the matter in the Magistrates Court and Youth Court (for summary matters), but not in the District or Supreme Courts. Costs are ordinarily applied for on a court scale rate and are unlikely to cover your full legal costs. Occasionally, and in specific circumstances, your solicitor can apply for what is known as indemnity costs, which provides for more of your costs to be covered. We will advise you if this is possible in your circumstances.
I have just had my first court appearance and the matter has been adjourned (put off to another date). Am I still on bail?
If you are on bail, it is very important that you follow all of your bail conditions including attending every court hearing in your matter. Breaching your bail conditions is a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment. If you wish to have anything altered on the bail agreement – for example, you want to move house and change your bail address – you will need a solicitor to make a formal application to the court to vary your bail. We can explain your bail conditions to you.
I have recently been arrested and placed on police bail to appear in court at a later date. I need to get my bail conditions varied to travel interstate for work. What should I do?
Mouth swab / DNA tests – should I agree?
I understand that the police may have CCTV footage of my alleged offending. Can my solicitor view this footage?
I have been charged and asked if I would like to provide a statement. Should I do this?
We are able to obtain statements, notes, CCTV footage, forensic test results and other evidence from prosecution in relation to our matter. It is important we review that material prior to obtaining your final instructions.
Should I involve the media in my case?
I have a trial at the Magistrates Court, will there be a jury?
I would like a suppression order because I am worried about the embarrassment that my case will cause my family. Is this an option?
It is very difficult to secure a suppression order. The chances are that any suppression application will be refused by the Court. Embarrassment to yourself, or to your family, is not sufficient grounds for the Court to order the suppression of your name. It is also very important to bear in mind that if you make an application for a suppression order, you may well attract attention from the media. However, in some cases it may be possible to make a successful application for a suppression order. Our experienced criminal lawyers can advise you on whether you have grounds to make a successful application for a suppression order.
My son is 16 years old and has been charged. What are the penalties available for youth offenders?
There are many different penalty options for youth offenders. Often youths in criminal matters are ordered to attend a Family Conference. This will involve the youth’s family, the police and possibly the victim(s) of the offence(s) who meet to discuss what penalty should be imposed. Officially, all that will be recorded on your son’s record would be “Family Conference”. There are other options such as a formal caution, or “Without Conviction”, that we can discuss with you. In more serious matters an obligation to be of good behaviour or a period of detention is possible – even through your child is under the age of 18 years.
The final decision on penalty and whether a conviction should be recorded is up to the Magistrate or Judge hearing the matter. However, if your solicitor has negotiated with the Prosecution regarding the desired outcome, any agreement can be helpful in persuading the Magistrate or Judge as to what should be imposed as a penalty. Therefore, we suggest that you obtain advice from one of our solicitors at the earliest possible opportunity.