Published in Legalwise News, Thursday, July 5, 2018 Auckland barrister Tony Beach, who has almost 20 years’ experience in criminal law, discusses how changes to the Land Transport Act introduced mandatory Alcohol Interlock Devices, for certain defendants, on July 1. Tony Beach Changes to the Land Transport Act 1998 From 1st July 2018, an Alcohol…

A client faced charges of burglary and common assault. After Tony Beach discussed the charges with police, the burglary charge was withdrawn and a plea of guilty entered to the common assault charge. The judge indicated an application for discharge without conviction would be granted if there was a satisfactory restorative justice conference between the…

Tony Beach’s client was charged with theft from a person, assault and unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle. At the judge-alone trial, the judge dismissed the charge of unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle as the police had failed to summons their civilian witness in sufficient time for the hearing; the police conceded that they…

Tony Beach’s client, a mother of a disabled son, was charged by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) with using a document (benefit claim forms) on two occasions to obtain a pecuniary advantage (a benefit for looking after her disabled son). The offence attracts up to 7 years imprisonment. The MSD alleged that, because another…

Watchdog to ensure no torture taking place in prisons, lawyer says Author Natasha Jojoa Burling, AAP, Section Crime, Publish Date Saturday, 8 October 2016, 12:09PM An old entrance to the Mt Eden prison in Auckland (Getty Images) The Department of Corrections will be under greater scrutiny to ensure that no prisoners are being tortured, a…

UPDATED 5.40pm: MP Chester Borrows has been charged over injuring two women with a car during a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) protest. http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/mp-chester-borrows-charged-over-tpp-protest-driving/ LISTEN ABOVE: Expert in traffic law, barrister Tony Beach talks to Larry Williams The Whanganui National MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives told NZME he would defend the charge…

A defendant was referred to Tony Beach by a solicitor. The client was charged with blackmail, a serious charge attracting up to 14 years imprisonment under the Crimes Act 1961. After considering the evidence and taking full instructions from his client, Tony Beach successfully negotiated an agreement with the Crown to amend the charge to…

Tony Beach’s client pleaded guilty to a raft of charges and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.  However, the client instructed that the decision be appealed to the High Court.  The appeal was based on the grounds that the judge should have imposed home detention.  After considering written submissions and hearing extensive argument from Tony…

Tony Beach’s client was charged with assault with intent to injure under section 193 of the Crimes Act 1961.  The complainant had given a long statement to the Police detailing an assault.  The client had given the Police a statement denying the allegations.  A not guilty plea was entered.  As the matter progressed, it became…

Following a change in the rules on 1 July 2015 that govern how barristers receive instructions from clients, the New Zealand Law Society has approved Tony Beach’s application to take “direct instructions” from clients, in certain circumstances.  Previously, an instructing solicitor was required where the client was not legally aided.  Now – depending on the case –…

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