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Criminal Offences


Your legal representation can be the difference between having your charges dismissed and a conviction being recorded against you. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, you need advice from one of our specialist criminal lawyers at Legal Pathways. Criminal offences vary in their nature and seriousness and therefore the approach the police are likely to take. It can be a complicated and stressful process however our team of dedicated criminal defence lawyers at Legal Pathways and there to help and demystify the process.

Our team of defence solicitors is experienced in a wide range of criminal matters including: Drug offences (Importation and manufacturing of drugs, Possess prohibited drugs with intent to sell and supply, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, cultivation of prohibited plants), Assault, Murder, Manslaughter, Armed robbery, Arson, Criminal Damage, Stealing, fraud, Bribery, Conspiracy, extortion, Burglary, Robbery, trespass, Firearm and ammunition offences, Sex offences (sexual penetration, indecent dealing, indecent assault), Possession and distribution of child pornography, Possession stolen or unlawfully obtained property, Possession of prohibited or controlled weapons, Threats, Accessory after the fact, deprivation of liberty, Disorderly conduct, breach of court orders and more.

Whatever the offence, our overriding commitment is to represent all of our clients vigorously and thoughtfully, with civility, integrity and professionalism.

Drug Offences: There are a number of factors including the weight of the drug that determine whether drug charges are dealt with in the Magistrate or District Court jurisdiction. The penalties differ significantly therefore our team at Legal Pathways will where possible do all we can to keep your drug matter in the Magistrates court. This often requires extensive negotiations with the police or prosecution.

Warning: Serious drug charges in some instances can lead to the confiscation of personal property by the Police. Cars, boats, personal items, houses, bank accounts and all of your prized possessions can be seized. Our team at Legal Pathways is experienced in criminal confiscation matters and we will fight to keep your assets.

Assaults: Assault charges come in a variety of different forms and levels of seriousness. The level of seriousness is often dictated by the harm suffered by the victim. It is essential medical records relating to the victims injuries are examined in detail to ensure the preferred charge is the appropriate charge. Our team of lawyers at Legal Pathways has the necessary background and forensic expertise to conduct this analysis in house.

Warning: Any person who assaults and causes bodily harm to a public officer faces mandatory imprisonment

Burglary: Burglary charges can be complex and difficult to understand. If they are committed in particular circumstances of aggravation and/or the value of items stolen exceeds a defined amount the matter may be referred from the Magistrates Court to the District Court. It is essential that your lawyer is familiar with these aspects of the law and where possible can negotiate your position so that the charges remain in the Magistrates Court.

Warning: The three strike rule applies to home burglaries. Anyone convicted of three separate home burglaries faces mandatory imprisonment.

Sex Offences:

Sex offences range from non-consensual sexual acts (against both adults and children) to accessing, distribution and possession of child pornography. At Legal Pathways we understand these matters are extremely sensitive and our team of compassionate and sympathetic criminal defence lawyers will advise and represent you in a professional, respectful and confidential manner. Where applicable we will seek suppression orders to minimize the adverse impact on you and your family whilst the matter is being resolved.

Warning: If you are convicted of a serious sex offence your details will be available for public view on the WA Sex Offender’s Register. The website is divided into three tiers for different types of offenders. Tier one is for sex offenders who do not comply with their reporting obligations and the information available to the public includes a photograph, date of birth, physical description, name and known aliases. Tier two is for repeat or highly dangerous sex offenders and people can make a request to be given the photograph of an offender living in their postcode and adjoining postcodes. Tier three allows guardians to make a request regarding a specific person who has regular unsupervised contact with their child.

Murder and Manslaughter:

We have represented numerous clients who have been charged with murder and manslaughter. These cases are often complex involving a large amount of evidentiary material. Our team of defence lawyers will not only explore all avenue of defence from a legal perspective but will conduct a thorough forensic audit of all the evidence disclosed. This may include using our own in-house forensic expertise or consulting independent forensic experts and investigators. When your life and liberty is on the line it is essential that your lawyer leaves no stone unturned and we at Legal Pathways ensure every aspect of the State’s case is thoroughly scrutinized.

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