8 Comments Criminal law, traffic matters, DUI, assault, theft, fraud
You need to contact a lawyer and ask for a quote, you need to tell him if this is all you want or if you wish him to represent you in any case that should arises. Search the web for a criminal law firm in the area where this will be heard. Alternatively use the services of the Law Institute of Victoria to find a solicitor.
[QUOTE=Seva] I am living overseas and plan to go back to Australia. However there are charges against me from an armed assault and recklessly causing serious injury from 2007. There is a warrant for my arrest in Vic.[/QUOTE]
This is a very serious charge, I doubt a letter is sufficient to secure bail
[QUOTE] I have been in contact with the detective in charge of my case via e-mails and he promised me, that I'll get bail as long as I notify him of the date of my arrival back and go and see him the next day to get the bail. [/QUOTE]
I would not be taking the word of police on this or liaising directly with them... I doubt the police even have the authority to issue a bail notice for such a serious charge... It would be up to you or your legal rep to request bail before a magistrate & police prosecution may agree to not oppose it.
You would also need a strong argument why you should be granted bail at all given you took off in 2007. You would need to convince them & a magistrate that you are not a flight risk...I imagine if bail were granted there would be a substantial bond involved as well..
I think your best approach is to arrange an appointment over the phone with a solicitor here for a confidential interview to go over your case details. Go immediately there upon arrival.. Having heard your case details they can then advise the best argument to put forward in court to secure bail, & perhaps a guideline quote for representing you in the bail hearing & to defend you if you wish.
Thanks a lot for your advice. Here is what the detective wrote to me:
"At this stage I wonâ€™t be making any application to have you remanded in custody. As long as you contact me when you arrive back in Australia, I will bail you to a new court date. You will then be released. I expect the whole process to take approximately 15 minutes to do."
The injury cause was a small stab wound, that required a few stitches and the victim was released from hospital in a few hours.