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I’ve Been Charged By Police, What Do I Do Now?

If you’ve been charged by the police in Victoria, it’s important to understand that the police will determine whether to lay charges based on the evidence they’ve collected. Simply put, the police will lay charges if they believe that the evidence against you is strong enough to indicate that you likely committed a crime. When

How To Write A Character Reference for Court In Victoria

A character reference is a letter written for a court hearing that describes a person’s qualities and behaviour, which provides some insight to the Judge or Magistrate into the individual’s character and reputation. A good character reference letter can potentially make a difference in a judge’s decision, highlighting the defendant’s positive traits and making a

Can The Police Track Your Phone in Victoria?

Smartphones make it easier than ever to track people. For some, the ease of tracking can make them uneasy about whether they are being tracked at all times. You generally do not have to worry about the police in Victoria tracking your phone in most circumstances. However, the police can track your phone in Victoria

How To Avoid A Criminal Record in Victoria

A criminal record shows prior convictions to those who might request it. It could have implications related to housing, employment, and some access to services. The police in Victoria have a more extensive criminal record available to them that shows not only convictions but also charges. Because having a criminal record can have negative implications,

Can The Police Enter Your House Without Permission In Victoria?

In general, the police cannot enter a home in Victoria without permission, a warrant, or in situations where safety is at issue. While it may feel like you need to provide the police with permission to enter your home if they ask, that is actually not the case. You can say no if police ask

How Long Does a Criminal Record Last in Victoria?

Your criminal record shows prior criminal convictions from any jurisdiction. However, many criminal convictions do not stay on your criminal record forever. Instead, depending on the type of crime, a crime could be “spent” or removed from a criminal record virtually immediately. Convictions do not expire, but they can become spent under certain circumstances. In