Lesser Known Cases Handled By a Criminal Law Firm

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When you are enmeshed in a criminal issue, you will likely need to hire a criminal law firm to represent you. But though you're probably aware that criminal lawyers defend suspects from charges related to offences such as theft, burglary, murder and assault, there are other lesser-known cases that criminal law firms can also handle on your behalf. Here's a rundown of what those types of cases entail.

Dangerous Dog Breed Cases 

If you're the owner of a dog such as a Pitbull or Rottweiler, and you're facing an accusation that your dog attacked someone, a criminal law firm can help defend you against those charges. Australian law has established factors that could lead to a dog being declared dangerous. This could result in you having to place a restrictive collar on that dog, muzzling your dog, or in the worse case scenario, having your dog taken from you.

A criminal law firm can provide character references about your dog from neighbors and friends, and can also order a temperament assessment that assigns a animal specialist to analyze your dog's level of aggression.

Offensive Language Cases 

If you've been charged with offensive language in public, don't take it lightly, because this is a legitimate criminal charge that requires you to hire a criminal law firm to defend you. Remember that to prove an offensive language charge, the prosecution must show that your language was offensive and that the language you used was observed by others in a public space.

One method of defense that criminal law firms often use in these types of cases, is reasonable excuse, which states that there was a legitimate reason that you used the language. Other common defences include, offensive language spoken under duress, offensive language used due to mental illness and offensive language out of necessity based on circumstances at the time.

Malicious Damage Cases 

Malicious damage is a criminal charge in which you are accused of damaging or destroying someone else's property. To prove this charge, prosecutors must show that you committed the damage or destruction, that the property damaged did not belong to you and that your intent was to cause damage and destruction.

Criminal law firms often make your defense by attempting to show that you were under duress or threat when the damage occurred, that you committed the act in self-defense, or that you committed the act to prevent yourself from being injured.


29 April 2015

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