Break & Enter Offences

Break & Enter Offences

It is the tradition of our legal system to impose very heavy penalties, quite often imprisonment, where there has been a violation of the integrity of the home. If you have been charged with a break and enter offence, your liberty will be at risk.

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH THE OFFENCE?

It is important that you prepare for your initial Court appearance where you will be asked to enter a plea. In circumstances where you have been refused bail or bail has been granted on onerous terms, you will need to consider an urgent bail application before the date fixed for your initial Court mention date for the break and enter charge matter. It is your right to contact a legal representative and you should do so as soon as possible to consider whether the terms of your bail should be varied or bail granted if refused.

WHAT ARE YOU
ABLE TO APPEAL?

If you are convicted, you can appeal the conviction itself or the penalty imposed against you. Any appeal must be lodged within 28 days from the day you were convicted otherwise you will need leave to appeal. There is no guarantee that the Court will grant you leave to appeal.

WHEN SHOULD YOU
CONSULT A LAWYER?

It is essential for you to speak to a lawyer before agreeing to be interviewed by the police. It may be appropriate for you to decline an interview in some cases or attend an interview with your lawyer before questions are put to you.  

WHAT ARE THE
LEGAL COSTS INVOLVED?

The cost of legal representation in break and enter charge matters varies considerably. Some matters are straight forward and others are complex and challenging. It is not always possible to get an accurate appraisal of the legal costs involved from another assault charge matter because the work involved can vary considerably.

Brydens Lawyers will take the time to discuss with you in detail the costs likely to be involved.

WHY ARE BRYDEN’S LAWYERS THE RIGHT REPRESENTATION FOR YOU?

It is important to have legal representatives who can provide you with practical assistance including urgent bail applications in break and enter charge matters where your liberty is at risk. Brydens Lawyers are experienced in dealing with such matters. We can provide you with specialised technical advice and representation for difficult charge matters.

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