Do prisoners get lawyers?
The Prisoners Legal Service (PLS) is part of Legal Aid NSW and has lawyers who regularly visit prisons or see prisoners by video link across NSW. PLS can give you general advice about your case, parole and other legal problems.
How do you get a lawyer when detained?
How you can get free legal advice
- ask for the police station’s ‘duty solicitor’ – they’re available 24 hours a day and independent of the police.
- tell the police you would like legal advice – the police will contact the Defence Solicitor Call Centre ( DSCC )
- ask the police to contact a solicitor, eg your own one.
What happens if I get sentenced to jail?
After people are sentenced, they are taken from court and initially transported to the nearest reception prison for the first few nights. They may be relocated to another prison depending on the security category, nature of the crime, length of sentence, and other factors that may need to be taken into consideration.
Can you be questioned without a lawyer?
Yes. You have the constitutional right to talk to a lawyer before answering questions, whether or not the police tell you about that right. … If you do not have a lawyer, you may still tell the officer you want to speak to one before answering questions. If you do have a lawyer, keep his or her business card with you.
Should you always ask for a lawyer?
You should request an attorney immediately if you are being questioned about a crime and you may be the target of the investigation. You should request an attorney if the answers may incriminate you. Perhaps just as importantly, you should request an attorney if you are not sure.
How long is a year in jail time?
One year in jail equals 12 months. However, every jail calculates something they call “good-time credits” which usually ends up shaving a certain number of days off per month served.
Can you get bailed out of jail after sentencing?
Those who post bail or are released on their “own recognizance” can stay out of custody while their cases are pending. In some instances, defendants can get out on bail even after they’ve been convicted and sentenced, while they appeal their convictions.
Does pleading guilty reduce your sentence?
When a criminal defendant pleads guilty when represented by legal counsel, he or she usually does so through the process of plea bargaining. … In exchange for pleading guilty, the criminal defendant may receive a lighter sentence or have charges reduced. Additionally, pleading guilty avoids the uncertainty of a trial.