Assault is defined as the unlawfully and intentionally applying force to another person, or inspiring a belief in that other person that force is to be applied to him or her. There is a clear distinction in criminal law between common assault and assault involving serious physical injury.
Only a few people know what their rights are, luckily we do. You are entitled to legal advice and assistance from one of our attorneys and you don’t have to stay in jail. We can help you to get released on bail.
CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT
Expungement is a process by which a criminal record of a convicted offender is removed from the criminal record database of the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service. In terms of Section 271B of the Criminal Procedure this can only be done after a period of ten years have passed after the date of the conviction for that conviction and that there has been no conviction and sentences during those ten years.
Drug possession or dealing with drugs is considered a serious crime in South Africa. If you are not represented properly, you run a big risk of being given a harsh sentence. We can assist you with your drug charges, give expert legal advice and mitigate the situation for the best outcome.
MURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER
Have you been charged with murder or attempted murder? This is seen as a very serious offense in South Africa and it is not taken lightly by the court or the state. Should you not receive proper legal assistance you can face several life sentences. We believe that each client has the right to be treated with the utmost care and have their matter taken seriously.
RECKLESS AND NEGLIGENT DRIVING
Driving under the influence or occupying a driver’s seat of a vehicle with the engine running on a public road with your blood alcohol content over the legal limit, is a criminal offence. It is not only important to know what your rights are, but also what the procedure is and what to expect from the moment that you are pulled over to the moment that you appear in court.
SAPS CLEARANCE RECORDS
A police clearance certificate is a document issued by the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management stating whether or not any criminal offence has been recorded against a person. A clearance certificate takes approximately four weeks to be processed. This clearance certificate will remain in a CV Check account for 12 months, at which point it will be deleted.
UNLAWFUL ARREST CLAIMS
If you have been unlawfully arrested or detained by a member of the police you may institute a claim for monetary remuneration. We are experts who know the law inside out. Get in touch with one of our criminal law attorneys to advise, assist or represent you.
Although all criminal law matters are ultimately governed by the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA), special provision is made for child offenders and the CPA is to then be applied in conjunction with the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (the Act).