If you have been arrested, charged with a criminal offence, or receive a criminal conviction it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A criminal record can have far reaching consequences that you may not be aware of.
A criminal record is for life - it can affect your ability to be employed both in the government & private sector. A criminal record may affect your ability to travel, to volunteer, work with children and may even affect your case in court regarding family law matters.
This weekend the Defqon 1. Music festival in Penrith drew an audience of over 18,000 fans and a list of international artists. It also featured 84 drug related arrests and one drug related death as police & sniffer dogs set to crack down on illegal substances across the festival. Over 400 searches were carried out and 100 police officers were on hand to keep crowds in check.
According to the Sydney Morning Hearld, Detective Inspector Grant Healy, of Penrith police, said the drugs reportedly included ‘‘magic mushrooms, cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine, LSD, what people were reporting to be ecstasy [and] some GHB. The music festivals themselves aren't a problem. The problem is adults making poor choices about their lifestyles.’’
"What happens unfortunately is those split second poor decisions are making life influencing outcomes. Criminal charges and a criminal record can have far reaching consequences that many don't realise" says Jaclyn Nelson of Penrith solicitors, Cox West Lawyers.
"A criminal record can stop them travelling overseas, getting a job in the public service, or even volunteering or doing jury duty in years to come. A poor decision when they are 19 will stick with them for the rest of their lives." Seek expert advice from a criminal lawyer immediately to give your case the best chance possible.