Criminal Law Offences ACT
Every day in Canberra and its suburbs, people are arrested or issued a Summons for a criminal offence. Some people are charged with a more serious offence than they actually committed while others are innocent of any wrongdoing. Whether an accused is innocent or guilty, the law requires the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Unless an accused chooses to admit guilt, no person should be convicted or punished unless that standard has been satisfied.
Criminal convictions can lead to drastic consequences, including a loss of freedom. No individual who is accused of a criminal offence should face those consequences without obtaining skilled representation from an experienced criminal defence lawyer.
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Ignoring a pending or potential criminal charge will not make it go away. You should act immediately if
- you have been arrested;
- you have received a Summons to appear in court;
- the police want to question you, or
- you are worried that a criminal prosecution might be on the horizon.
Delay in seeking advice can only hurt you by making your case more difficult to defend. The first step in planning a defence is to explain your problem to a lawyer who can help you decide what you should do next. Acting without the advice of a seasoned lawyer is a risk you do not want to take. Whether you want to negotiate a resolution, advocate in favour of a lenient penalty, or present an aggressive defence in court, you need a criminal defence lawyer who will serve your needs.
Learn About Criminal Offences in the ACT
Although there are federal crimes in Australia, most offences are defined by state or territorial law. Criminal offences in the Australian Capital Territory include:
- Assault and other crimes of violence
- Sex offences, including sexual assault
- Drug crimes
- Theft, robbery, and burglary
- Receiving stolen property
- Fraud and forgery
- Embezzlement, bribery, and white collar crimes
- Computer crimes
- Criminal damage to property
- Crimes against the police or public officials
In the links that follow, we provide basic information about certain offences that are frequently prosecuted in the ACT. The offences created by the Crimes Act and Criminal Code are too numerous and complex to explain in detail on our website.
If you have been accused of an offence, whether or not we mention it here, you should contact a criminal defence lawyer to help you with your problem. These pages contain basic information, not legal advice. You can only get legal advice from a lawyer after explaining the specific facts of your case.