Criminal lawyers for Affray
When our criminal lawyers are asked about Affray, our clients have riots and public disorder in mind. The idea that Affray will always involve large groups of people brawling in the street is wrong. Whilst affrays often do involve several people they can also be committed by one person using unlawful violence towards another in their own house.
Ways that our criminal lawyers beat charges of Affray for our clients include by raising self-defence and identification (that the person who committed the offence was someone, but not you).
If you intend to plead guilty our criminal lawyers have a proven track record of keeping our clients out of jail as well as having no conviction recorded for Affray.
How do I beat a charge of Affray?
If you are charged with Affray, we can help you. You’ll be found not guilty of Affray if the police are unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you:
- Used or threatened unlawful violence towards another;
- Your conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his or her personal safety;
- You intended to use or threaten violence, or you were aware that your conduct may be violent or threaten violence.
Defences available include: self-defence.
Pleading guilty to Affray
If you committed the offence and the police can prove so, we want to get you a better result than anyone else. We will often negotiate with prosecutors for you to plead guilty to less serious facts or even a less serious charge so you get a lighter sentence.
The maximum penalty for Affray is 10 years imprisonment in the District Court or two years imprisonment in the Local Court. Although, these penalties are typically reserved for the worst offenders.
You can read about all the sentencing options that a court has, including having no conviction recorded for Affray.
Do I need references?
We believe references are an extremely important part of a plea of guilty in court. To find out more about how to write a good reference, click here.
Why choose Australian Criminal Law Group?
Our criminal lawyers are experts at obtaining the best outcome possible for Affray offences. For these offences, a good lawyer can be the difference between a conviction and no criminal record and freedom or jail. To read more about Australian Criminal Law Group, click here.
To discuss your Affray charge, call Australian Criminal Law Group at our Sydney, Parramatta, and Blacktown offices or make a website inquiry today.
Australian Criminal Law Group represented people charged with Affray following a brawl involving security guards in the city. Criminal lawyer Joe Correy examined the CCTV available and compared it to the versions of events given by the security guards. He was then able to cross-examine the witnesses on inconsistencies between CCTV and what they said happened. The Magistrate found the security guards were untruthful witnesses and found our clients not guilty.
Mr Harb represented a 21-year-old man caught up in a wild brawl that involved 16 people. Mr Harb negotiated the facts so that his role in the affray was minor. Based on Mr Harb’s submissions the magistrate saw fit to deal with the matter by way of a section 10 with no conviction.
Australian Criminal Law Group represented a Defendant charged with Riot following a brawl that involved 30 people and weapons. CCTV showed our client stabbing someone in the back. Criminal lawyer Deng Adut negotiated for the Defendant to plead guilty to the lesser charge of Affray. This was on the basis that he threw a punch at the early stage of the brawl but used the weapon later in self-defence. The Magistrate found his involvement was minor and he received a good behaviour bond.
Australian Criminal Law Group represented a Defendant charged with Affray. The brawl was between members of two bikie gangs. Criminal lawyer Joe Correy negotiated the facts to reflect that our client was not the instigator. He also showed that his involvement was incidental to a friendship, and that he was not a bikie. The Magistrate found him to be of good character and unlikely to reoffend and did not record a criminal conviction.