On 14 May 2013 the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released their Annual Report for criminal cases finalised in New South Wales in 2012.
In 2012 in the Local Court of NSW, 108,528 people were brought before the Court for alleged criminal offences. This was a reduction from 115,206 in 2011.
In matters where individuals were legally represented, 14% were found “not guilty” compared with only 6.1% of individuals who were not legally represented.
The most frequently charged offences were exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol, with 19,465 offenders, assault with 15,771 offenders and driving whilst disqualified or suspended with 12,106 offenders.
Of the individuals that plead guilty or where found guilty, 6,901 individuals were sentenced to a period of imprisonment.
By gender, 80.1% of individuals were male and 19.9% were female. 38.5% of all individuals who plead guilty or were found guilty had no prior offences within the previous 10 years.
In 2012, 12,278 individuals were found to be not guilty after being charged by NSW Police with an alleged offence.
These statistics indicate a clear trend that individuals who were legally represented have a much greater percentage chance of being found not guilty before the Court.
If you or a family member has been charged with a criminal offence, you should immediately contact our Criminal Law Team.