We can provide you representation in Court and advocate on your behalf. Pleading Guilty? Prosecution will be presenting evidence against you. Pleading guilty means that you accept what the prosecution says is true. Generally, if you plead guilty, the matter tends to be over within a short period of time and the court is likely to be more lenient with the sentence rather than if you were found guilty at a later date.
If you plead not guilty, the matter will be referred to a ‘Summary Case Conference’ where the case is discussed. If you do not plead guilty to any of the charges after the conference, the matter will be referred to what is known as a ‘contest mention’ or a ‘summary hearing’, where the court will listen to the evidence and decide on the matter.
Mitigating Circumstances – If you plead guilty or if a finding is made against you, you may request the Magistrate to impose a lenient sentence if you have what is referred to as ‘mitigating circumstances’. This can amount to a number of factors including your health, financial hardship, family circumstances and others.