Frequently asked questions criminal law

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY CHOOSE US

Our Sydney criminal defence lawyers specialise solely in criminal defence law. Our approach is centred around analysing your situation meticulously to secure the best possible outcome for you. This often involves conducting in-depth analyses and, if appropriate, negotiating with the prosecution. We take pride in consistently achieving excellent results for our clients, boasting a high success rate in contested matters.

Compassionate and assertive in the court room, we will go the extra mile for you to ensure we are equipped with a strong defence to place you in the best position to preserve your liberty, livelihood, reputation and status.

I WISH TO DEFEND THE MATTER

If you wish to contest the charges against you, we’ll assess whether you have a viable defence and provide you with tailored and transparent legal advice. This may involve interviewing supportive witnesses and issuing subpoenas for documents to bolster your defence.

Our firm provides tailored representation, recognising the uniqueness of each case. Leveraging connections with top barristers in NSW, we ensure the most suitable advocacy. While our experienced Court advocates handle your defence, we’re prepared to engage appropriate barristers when necessary for effective representation. Our connections with some of the best barristers in New South Wales enable us to determine the most appropriate barrister for each individual case.

I can’t risk getting a criminal record, what are my options

Depending on the nature of the charge, the Court may have the discretion not to record a conviction. However, this discretion may not apply in certain cases. We’ll evaluate your individual circumstances, including the charge/s you’re facing and we will advise you on the likelihood of avoiding a conviction.

What is the difference between Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court?

All criminal charges commence in the Local Court and are usually resolved there. More serious matters progress to the District or Supreme Court. For instance, cases involving murder are finalised in the Supreme Court of NSW.

Your lawyer will clarify the category your charge falls under and discuss procedural matters related to the legal process.

HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO PAY FOR MY LEGAL CASE?

Legal fees vary based on the experience of the lawyer retained and of course, the work involved. Most seasoned lawyers with over a decade of experience charge an hourly rate, which we believe is the fairest pricing method. Hourly rates offer transparency, as additional fees are only incurred if extra work is necessary. However, for straightforward cases, we offer fixed fees.

Costs may also include fees for engaging a barrister, which are contingent on their level of experience. In cases where legal fees exceed $750, we are obligated to provide a cost disclosure agreement outlining expected fees. We’ll keep you informed of any significant changes that may affect the original quotation.