3 Types of Criminal Offences

Criminal lawyers are kept busy dealing with all different kinds of crime, but in fact these all fall under one of three different categories. This is important because the kind of crime committed has to do with which kind of court the person will be tried under; a magistrate’s court or the Supreme Court.

The 3 type of criminal offences are: –

Summary or simple offences. These make up the majority of common offenses and are defined as

  • Having no term or imprisonment, but a fine of less than $120,000.
  • Having a maximum term of 2 years imprisonment
  • Most dishonesty offences of $2500 or less, not including robbery, violence or serial offences, or offences of more than $2500
  • Not including arson or bush fire offences
Correction Orders

Community Based Correction Orders Explained

Criminal lawyers will tell you that being sent to prison is not always the best way to help a person who has broken a minor law. if you have committed an offence for which you should be punished but not sent to prison, community based correction orders may be instigated. This teaches you that there is always some kind of consequences for your actions, whether they are good or bad.

When you have community based correction orders applied to your case as a punishment, it usually means you have to do some kind of work to help and improve the community you live in. It may also include taking part in human development courses, educational or vocational training and undergoing rehab or some kind of treatment to address your problems.

To ensure you do what the court has ordered, a correctional officer will be assigned to you. You usually have to report to your correctional officer during the period of your orders. It is wise to do everything you have been ordered to do, otherwise worse punishment may be given.

Buying a Home

The Real Cost of Buying a Home in WA

When looking for a home to purchase, most people look at the sale price to ensure the home is within their budget. But property lawyers will tell you that there are many other costs to consider as well. If you’ve never bought property before you may not be aware of these costs and finding out later will mean your budget may be shot to pieces.

Here is a list of the other costs you are likely to meet along the road to your first home.

  • The deposit, although not an extra cost, will be required up front before the remainder of the price. If you decide not to go ahead with the purchase, you’ll lose it, so be sure before you pay up. It is usually about 10% of the purchase price of the home, but if you can afford to put down 20% you may get a better deal on the loan.

Representing Yourself in a Divorce Proceeding

The worst has happened and you find yourself served with divorce papers… what should you do?  Family Lawyers can be expensive, and you’re not sure how high the bill might go.  Should you hire a lawyer, or should you try to navigate the ins and outs of family court on your own?

The answer might surprise you because handling your own divorce is sometimes the right thing to do.  Remember, I said ‘sometimes’.

Family law courts see thousands of cases a year, and handle divorces of all shapes and sizes. Most of them are prepared for you; relatively inexperienced, hardworking people who just want to make it through the proceeding with as few scars as possible.  Most jurisdictions have forms on-line that can walk you through the step-by-step procedures of what documents to file, how to respond to the opposing side, and some even waive filing fees if you meet the income requirements.  Simply search for: ‘[your county name] divorce forms’ and you’ll find them.