Crime Commission

Crime Commission Lawyers

The NSW Crime Commission and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (formerly the Australian Crime Commission) investigate serious and organised crime. The commission conducts hearings and has the power to confiscate property or money that is the proceeds of crime before a matter is dealt with in court.

I have received a summons to give evidence – do I have to go?

If you receive a summons to give evidence, then you must attend. If you don’t attend, then you can be arrested and charged with ‘failing to attend’ under section 25 of the Crime Commission Act 2012 (NSW).

At the hearing, you will be questioned and cross-examined. You might even be asked to produce documents. If you don’t produce these documents, you can be charged under section 25 of the Crime Commission Act.

Do I need a lawyer?

It is advisable to arrange legal representation for any crime commission hearing. You have the right to object to certain types of questioning. However, without legal expertise, you may find it difficult to raise appropriate objections on your own behalf. The consequences of not objecting when needed can be serious.

There is no right to silence in the Crime Commission. You may be asked questions that will incriminate yourself. Your lawyer will be able to advise you on what questions not to answer. You may be able to obtain an indemnity from the Commission that any evidence you give at the commission will not be used against you in court in criminal proceedings.

Why Choose O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors?

 

1 – Experienced Crime Commission lawyers

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors can provide you with expert representation at either the NSW Crime Commission or the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, or any inquisitorial body such as the ICAC or a Royal Commission. Of all lawyers in Australia, there would be very few, if any, who have done more commission work than our solicitors in this area.

Our team includes Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law.

Specialist Accreditation is a structured peer to peer assessment process enabling legal practitioners to be recognised for their expertise. To be accredited specialists must pass a series of meticulous assessments on both legal knowledge and its application in practice. To retain their accreditation specialists must undertake significant additional professional development in their area of expertise each year.

2 – Full-Service Criminal Defence Firm

O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors is a full-service criminal defence law firm meaning that we provide legal advice on both criminal and civil law. After the completion of your criminal case, we can continue to represent you in your civil matter (if one exists). We have represented many clients in their criminal matters and then proceeded to assist them in making a civil claim against the police for unlawful arrest and false imprisonment, or suing a publisher for defamation.

3 – Competitive Costs

Your first consultation with one of our criminal lawyers is free. This is your opportunity to speak to us about your case and for us to discuss with you what your options are. If you choose to proceed with our services we will provide you with a cost agreement that sets out your legal fees. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors provides cost-effective and professional legal advice compared with other law firms. In some instances, we offer reduced fees or pro bono services at the discretion of our Principal. We can also assist you in applying for Legal Aid if you are eligible. Speak to us if you have concerns regarding your ability to pay your legal fees and we can discuss the possibility of accommodating your circumstances.

4 – Full-Service Criminal Defence Firm

O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors is a full-service criminal defence law firm meaning that we provide legal advice on both criminal and civil law. After the completion of your criminal case, we can continue to represent you in your civil matter (if one exists). We have represented many clients in their criminal matters and then proceeded to assist them in making a civil claim against the police for unlawful arrest and false imprisonment, or suing a publisher for defamation.

5 – Our Trauma-Informed Approach to Legal Practice

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors utilises a trauma-informed lawyering approach when interacting with our clients. We understand that you have dealt with traumatic events and that engaging with authorities and courts is a stressful experience that might re-traumatise you. For this reason we are sensitive to your mental and emotional needs and will assist you in an appropriate manner. Read more about our thoughts on trauma-informed lawyering.

Contact Us Now

Let O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors assist you with your case today.

Contact us on (02) 9261 4281 to set up a free appointment with our expert criminal defence lawyers in our Sydney office.

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