Strategic Advice

Watsons - Acknowleged as a leading Australian criminal defence law firm, based in Sydney.

It is not always appreciated that the client may have rights to influence the selection of jurisdiction in which a prosecution is brought, or what limitations apply to procedure and maximum penalties dependant on the jurisdiction selected, or the plea entered.

As a rule the Local Courts can impose far lower sentences than are available (and imposed) if the case is finalised in a superior jurisdiction such as the District Court. Timely discussions with the prosecuting authority may save cost, delay, and bring about a more satisfactory result. In those cases where a plea of guilty is appropriate, significant discounts are available in sentence if the plea is entered at the first available opportunity and further discounts may be available for co-operation with the authorities although there are always other considerations if this course is being contemplated.

Watsons provides representation through in-house advocacy, and, where a client specifically wishes to have the services of another advocate, we will recommend and brief accordingly.

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