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July 8, 2018

WHY CHOOSE KALPAGE AND CO SOLICITORS Chris Kalpage is a solicitor who has 34 years experience & has practised extensively in most areas of law. His particular fields of expertise are in criminal, traffic & employment law. He appears in all courts in NSW & has a practical and pragmatic approach. He understands the stress clients suffer in court cases & with his personal approach tries to alleviate that stress as much as possible to get the best result for his clients. Chris Kalpage is a keen performance car and motorbike enthusiast who understands the problems faced by his clients. Chris specialises in providing legal advice and aid, and has extensive experience acting in the following matters: Drink Driving Offences Have you been charged with a drink driving offence or driving under the influence of drugs? Then, you should contact us for the best advice and minimise the legal problems that can follow. Kalpage and Co Solicitors are an experienced firm of drink driving lawyers who will help you get the best results. Chris Kalpage has 30 years of experience in dealing with these matters. We have attained excellent outcomes for clients. If you want to obtain the best outcomes and avoid or minimise your disqualification period then you should talk to Chris Kalpage. We value your time and also in this highly competitive market, give personalized attention to all our clients. Police Pursuits Any driver involved in a police pursuit can be charged with a serious offence under the Crimes Act. One of the pivotal issues is whether the Driver knew or ought to reasonably know, or have reasonable grounds to suspect that he/she is being pursued and required to stop. Often a pursuit may commence from a police vehicle being a long way behind. For example, a police vehicle being in hiding and pursuing a speeding motorist who has gone past. If it involves a highway patrol vehicle it is imperative to view the in-car video which can illustrate whether any indication existed from the driver’s actions supporting the police contention or any other relevant matters that might emerge from the video that can assist the preparation of a defence. Apprehended Violence Orders These are often combined with Charges of Assault pursuant to the Crimes Act and Stalk Intimidate pursuant to section 13 (1) Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007. If you are in a situation where you have an argument that escalates to a threat of physical violence or actual physical violence these charges may flow with the AVO. If arrested and charged for the above bail may be granted and often the bail conditions are the same as the AVO terms. The Police will often make a provisional order. The Court, in turn, can grant Interim Orders pending a final determination. Arrested and Refused Bail In situations where you have been arrested and refused bail by the police, you will often be put before the court at the earliest opportunity as you are being held in custody. Often on this appearance, you can make a bail application. Due to ever-changing and strict bail laws you should […]

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Going to Court

September 9, 2016

The Court Process The court process is often confusing and stressful to those who are unfamiliar with it. The Local Court is where most people have the majority of their traffic and criminal matters dealt with and the following is a short summary of the process. The process can be quite complicated and demanding. If you wish to get the best result it is always advisable to speak to a solicitor and if necessary seek representation.   Proceedings commenced by way of a Court attendance Notice:   When you receive a court attendance Notice it will list the date and time and the court at which you are required to attend. The date on the court attendance notice is often termed the first mention date and a number of things could occur: You can ask for the court to adjourn the case for a period of time to enable you to get legal advice or for any other legitimate purpose. You can enter a plea of guilty and ask the court to deal with the matter if you are ready for that to be done. It may be that on entering a plea of guilty that you wish an adjournment to obtain references and other evidence to assist you in your plea, on a request for an adjournment the court has the discretion to agree and allow it. However, like all discretions, the court could require you to present your plea. You can enter a plea of not guilty and ask for a hearing date.   If you plan to enter a plea of not guilty the matter will be listed for a hearing date sometime in the future when the prosecution will be required to bring it’s witnesses to give evidence as will you. On a plea of not guilty on the first mention date or subsequent mention date, the court will set the matter down for a hearing at some future date. I have observed many people arguing with Magistrates and Registrars of the Court demanding their matter be heard on a plea of not guilty on the first mention date this will not happen.   In more serious matters the court on the first mention date will set a timetable for the police to prepare and serve on you what is commonly known as the brief of evidence in essence this is a written form of the police case and should contain all the witness statements and evidence that the police intend to rely upon at the hearing. The court will set a date for the service of the brief of evidence on you or your lawyer and then what is commonly called a return date when you are expected to appear and confirm your plea if one has been entered or enter a plea if one has not been entered. On some occasions, the brief is not served on time and the prosecution or the defence may ask for more time and a further return date. It is always advisable to have the full prosecution case on hand before setting a matter for hearing in order […]

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