Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's

Criminal Law

Can I commence civil court action in fraud cases?


Victoria Police advise that in the event you have suffered a financial loss and wish to seek recovery or compensation, you are advised to take immediate civil action, as it may not be until the end of a successful criminal prosecution that the Court is able to award compensation. However, criminal prosecutions for fraud can take years to complete.

Consequently, even if the matter is being investigated by the police, you should still consider taking civil action in the courts against the perpetrator of the fraud at the same time, in order to recover your money or property.

‚ÄčAllegations of fraud should not be made lightly. Allegations of criminality, fraud, or serious wrongdoing must be alleged with precision and sufficient supporting facts. The rules of Court require that particulars be given of any fraudulent intention that is alleged.

For specific information on how ALFA Lawyers can assist you in recovering your money or property in a fraud matter, please phone us. Or, if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your fraud matter with ALFA Lawyers, please see our Contact page.

We offer a free 30 minute case assessment to discuss your case, and your rights and obligations. Contact our office for details or make an on-line appointment.




How much will you charge me in a Criminal Law matter?


Our economical fixed fee will depend on the complexity of your matter and the number of offences. It starts at $990 including GST. Please contact one of our lawyers for further details on our economical fixed fees. We offer a free 30 minute case assessment to discuss your case, and your rights and obligations. Contact our office for details or make an on-line appointment.




What steps do I take after I am charged by police?


After you are charged, you will receive a charge sheet and preliminary brief that will outline the allegations the police are making against you, and which detail the charges you will have to face in court. These documents will also give you the date you must appear in court to defend the charges against you, or to plead guilty. The alleged offences will also be listed. You should retain a legal practitioner to work on your behalf, so they have as much time as possible to prepare your case and give you the best chance of the best outcome for you. We offer a free 30 minute case assessment to discuss your case, and your rights and obligations. Contact our office for details or make an on-line appointment.




Should I consult a lawyer before my interview with police?


Yes, you should consult a criminal lawyer before you attend a police interview. A lawyer will advise you on the best approach to take in your particular case when questioned by police. Remember, Victoria police are professional interviewers, and they are also highly skilled in obtaining the information they requrire to charge you. To understand your rights and obligaton in a police interview, you should seek advice from a criminal lawyer before you attend. We offer a free 30 minute case assessment to discuss your legal issues, and your rights and obligations. Contact our office for details or make an on-line appointment.




Do I have the right to remain silent in a police interview?


When you are interviewed by police, and you believe you are a suspect in a crime, other than giving police your name and address, you have the right under Victorian law to remain silent and make no comments whatsovever to police. This means you do not have to answer any questions or enter into any discussions with police. Your silence cannot be used against you in any future court hearing. It is essential to keep in mind that the police are searching for evidence in an interview to support their charges against you, and they are very skilled and experienced at obtaining it. Even if you beleive you are innocent, it is often better to remain silent, as even if you say something you think will help you, it might turn out to asssit the police to chrage you. Anything you say to police can and will be used against you in future. We offer a free case assessment in criminal matters, so please contact us and a lawyer will discuss your charges with you and advise you about any police interviews.





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Civil Law

Can I commence civil court action in fraud cases?


Victoria Police advise that in the event you have suffered a financial loss and wish to seek recovery or compensation, you are advised to take immediate civil action, as it may not be until the end of a successful criminal prosecution that the Court is able to award compensation. However, criminal prosecutions for fraud can take years to complete.

Consequently, even if the matter is being investigated by the police, you should still consider taking civil action in the courts against the perpetrator of the fraud at the same time, in order to recover your money or property.

‚ÄčAllegations of fraud should not be made lightly. Allegations of criminality, fraud, or serious wrongdoing must be alleged with precision and sufficient supporting facts. The rules of Court require that particulars be given of any fraudulent intention that is alleged.

For specific information on how ALFA Lawyers can assist you in recovering your money or property in a fraud matter, please phone us. Or, if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your fraud matter with ALFA Lawyers, please see our Contact page.





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