A person must not be sentenced to imprisonment unless the court is satisfied that having considered all possible alternatives, no penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate.

If you are sentenced to a period of imprisonment you have been convicted of the offence. t will appear on your criminal record.

In sentencing a person to imprisonment, a court will usually impose a ‘non parole period’. And, an additional period in which the offender once released from prison, will be supervised by probation and parole (the parole period). For the non-parole period to be less than three quarters of the head sentence the court is required to make a finding of special circumstances.

Special circumstances can include:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • First custodial sentence
  • Ill health, disability or mental illness
  • Accumulation of individual sentences
  • Protective custody
  • Long-term offenders
  • Youth
  • Hardship to family members in exceptional circumstances
  • Self-punishment
  • Parity with co-offender
  • Sentencing for offences committed many years earlier

Testimonials

I would like to thank Steven Mercael who assisted me a in my case on the 26/2. I am grateful... read more

Ashleigh Smith Avatar
Ashleigh Smith
3/02/2021

Joe is an amazing lawyer and one we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending. We were going through an ordeal and where... read more

Julie Lee Avatar
Julie Lee
3/01/2021

Experienced members they understand there work and specially Steven he helped me in my case. He arranged a good barrister... read more

Mohammed Ali Avatar
Mohammed Ali
2/12/2021

I would highly recommend Michael Djurichkovic to anyone who needs help ASAP! He got me out from a very bad... read more

douglas ross Avatar
douglas ross
2/10/2021

The whole firm were amazing to begin with but I have to point out the solicitor Joseph. He completely comforted... read more

Omar Yousri Avatar
Omar Yousri
1/20/2021

THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE AND JOSEPH IS THE LAWYER YOU NEED IN YOUR CORNER. PROFESSIONAL, DETERMINED AND REFUSES... read more

Mario Elijah Avatar
Mario Elijah
1/20/2021

I used AC Law's service and I found them to be very professional and very helpful. They helped me with... read more

Yas Bianca Avatar
Yas Bianca
1/19/2021

Highly recommend Steven, who supported me in every key point during the preparation to the court. I found Steven... read more

Snoopy Aus Avatar
Snoopy Aus
12/01/2020

If you are looking at this message to decide if you want to engage Joe for a positive outcome on... read more

Vix Mccool Avatar
Vix Mccool
11/15/2020

Steven Mercael from AC law is the lawyer to see. Highly professional, very focused and committed to delivering the best... read more

Sajad Reed Avatar
Sajad Reed
10/23/2020

Don’t wait.
Get in touch now.

CONTACT US