The basics of criminal law
The basics of criminal law

There are many people out there who are looking to learn about the basics of criminal law.

This can be for a wide variety of reasons. They may be wanting to pursue a career in this field, they may be facing a crime in this area, or they may simply be wanting to gain some extra knowledge for personal development.

Whatever the reason may be for wanting to learn more, it is always useful to have a better understanding of criminal law. Criminal law is a field of law that covers a variety of things. These things include anything that relates to a crime, thus the name. The different types of crimes can include all sorts of things such as assault, battery, abuse, theft, drug-related offences, breaking and entering, fraud, embezzlement, and more. It can also include things such as drink-driving, speeding, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving an un-roadworthy vehicle as well as other car-related crimes.

When it comes to committing a crime, the court must decide if it was a guilty act committed with a guilty mind. If this is established, then usually the person at hand will be found guilty and will be punished in one way or another. This may be in the form of jail time, a fine, a criminal record, or community service.


What a criminal lawyer is able to help with

Those who have committed a crime, or have been accused of committing a crime, are able to seek representation from a criminal lawyer. This is an attorney who specialises in crime. There are usually different attorneys who will specialise even further in specific areas such as white-collar crimes or bankruptcy. It is easy enough to find a Sydney criminal lawyer by performing a simple Google search, or someone may be recommended by a family or friend. Similarly, organisations such as Centrelink or support groups may be able to recommend someone to seek as legal representation. It is more likely, however, that someone in need would seek out legal aid. Many criminal lawyers do volunteer their time in the form of legal aid as they know that everyone deserves representation and they find it fulfilling.

For those who are wanting to learn more about the basics of criminal law, the best person to chat with would be, of course, a criminal lawyer

About the Author

Joseph Harb
Joseph Harb

Joseph Harb is the Principal Lawyer at Australian Criminal Defence and one of Sydney’s most respected criminal lawyers. Joseph appears in matters in all jurisdictions in Australia and has consistently achieved a solid reputation in criminal and drug matters Joseph is a keen blog writer and has a focus on social justice issues and encroachment on civil liberties

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