Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been charged with an offence and you are to appear in Sunshine Magistrates’ Court or Werribee Magistrates’ Court, choosing the right lawyer to represent you is the most important decision you can make. Doogue + George Sunshine specialise in defending criminal charges and are experienced criminal lawyers and have expertise and resources to achieve the best possible result for you.
What do I do if I have been called in to do a police interview?
The police interview is critical to your case. You need to know what to do, how to act and whether or not to do a ‘no comment’ interview.
Many people think it is their time to tell their version of events. However, the purpose of a police interview is to get admissible evidence so that you may be prosecuted, rather than a search for the truth.
An interview will usually take place because you have been have identified as a suspect. Someone who is not a suspect might be asked to go to the police station to make a statement. The difference is that you are obliged to attend an interview but you don’t have to agree to make a statement.
I am pleading guilty, how will a lawyer change the outcome?
Your defence lawyer will advise you if pleading guilty to the charges is what you should do. Often people are stressed and scared in the police interview and made to believe they must plead guilty to all charges. If pleading guilty is the best option for you, our Sunshine defence lawyers know how to present your case and make the best submissions to the Courts. Equally, we know what not to say.
A great criminal defence lawyer will present you in a positive manner, showing the Magistrate your redeeming qualities and how you intent to learn from your experience. Our lawyers understand sentencing law and what to present to get you the best possible result.
Having a lawyer shows the Court that you are taking the matter seriously.
I am pleading not guilty, how will a lawyer change the outcome?
The law is very complex. Our lawyers will know the law about each offence and know whether the police will be able to prove their case. Even lesser charges like driving or speeding offences sometimes are quite complex and you need a lawyer who understands the law on the charges you were given. You may have been charged with a more serious offence than can be proven. A lawyer will advise you on how to proceed and negotiate on your behalf with the Prosecution and may even get charges withdrawn before getting to trial.
Also, a good criminal lawyer will recognise if there is a strong case against you. Expert advice can save you from running a defences that has no hope of success and may possibly increasing your sentence.
The law changes frequently, a good defence lawyer knows the rules of evidence and can question witnesses effectively. Many people who represent themselves are constantly interrupted by the Judge. They are prevented from asking questions because their questions don’t comply with the rules.
You need someone who can match the skill of the Prosecution to defend your case effectively.