Criminal Law

Why engage Sheehan & Co to represent you in relation to a criminal charge?

If you are charged with an offence under the Criminal Code Act 1899 (Qld) (the Criminal Code), we are able to represent you either in a full defence of the charge or, if you wish to plead guilty to the charge, on a plea of guilty to the Court. Our firm has over 30 years experience representing people in this area of law.

We have successfully defended or represented numerous clients charged with the following offences:

  • drug charges under the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Magistrates Court hearing in relation to a charge of possession of a dangerous drug, Paul Sheehan representing);
  • stealing (Magistrates Court hearing, Michele Sheehan representing); 
  • possession of unregistered firearms;  
  • dangerous driving causing death (including a successful appeal to the District Court);
  • rape (this firm successfully defended the first female charged with rape in Queensland in the District Court);
  • Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and assault occasioning bodily harm (successful defence in the Magistrates Court, Paul Sheehan representing); 
  • fraud (including Commonwealth charge of imposition: fraudulently obtaining pension);
  • various other charges under various legislation (for example, Domestic Violence Orders under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989 (Qld))...

Our criminal justice system is based on the general principle that a person is innocent unless and until proven guilty of the offence charged beyond a reasonable doubt. If there is any reasonable doubt in the mind of the Judge, Magistrate or a jury, you are entitled to be acquitted of the charge.

The Crown prosecutor may be able to show on the evidence that you apparently have committed an offence. However, a range of defences may be available to you. Available defences may have the effect of reducing the offence charged to an offence with a lesser penalty attached. Alternatively, an available defence may provide you with a complete defence to the charge entitling you to be acquitted of the charge.

Available defences may include:

  • provocation as a defence to a charge of murder;
  • provocation as a defence to a charge of assault;
  • self-defence as a defence to a charge of unprovoked or provoked assault;
  • acting in aid of others;
  • defence of premises against trespassers;
  • defence of exercising an honest claim of right;
  • defence of mistake of fact;
  • defence of sudden or extraordinary emergency;
  • defence of insanity...

Our services in this area are tailored to achieve better outcomes for you by:

  • After obtaining the police brief of statements which are being relied upon by the prosecution, we carefully obtain your full instructions in relation to the allegations made against you;
  • We then carefully assess the whole of the evidence and provide you with preliminary advice as to your prospects in defending the charge/s; 
  • Where necessary, we brief a criminal barrister who we consider will best serve your defence and liaise with the barrister to properly prepare for the trial of your matter;
  • We compile and collate additional information/evidence required to mount your defence; 
  • We strongly support you during the trial process or, if you elect to plead guilty, at the plea stage.    

Make an appointment 

Our office is centrally located within the Surat Basin and we are pleased to meet with clients in person, via telephone or home visit to discuss your legal needs in this area.

Remember - it pays to get the right advice!