Police and Criminal Matters – Adelaide
Regardless of whether you have been charged with a minor Police matter, or you are facing a serious criminal charge, our experienced barristers and solicitors 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.
Scammell & Co. solicitors 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 Assualt
- 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.
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 a prompt response please call our barristers and solicitors dedicated to Police, Traffic and Criminal matters:
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?
In certain circumstances, a Court can deal with your matter without recording a conviction if there is aa 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?
- Your full name.
- Your address.
If the Police inquiry relates to your registered motor vehicle then it will be necessary for you to provide the name of the person that was driving your 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.”
Ring 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 a call a solicitor. We will provide you with further advice over the telephone and 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?
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. What should I do?
My son is 16 years old and has been charged. What are the penalties available for youth offenders?
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.
Other offences where Scammell & Co. can assist with your defence:
- Drug Offences.
- Sexual Assault.
- Social Security / Taxation matters.
- Property Damage.
Free legal advice.
235 St Vincent Street,
South Australia 5015
(08) 8447 4466
107 Walkerville Tce,
South Australia 5081
(08) 8342 0300