In order to provide you with an estimate of the cost, we need to know more about your case. Once we have met with you for a free, initial consultation, we will be able to provide you with a proper estimate of our fees.
We pride ourselves in keeping our fees fair and reasonable. Where possible, we prefer to agree a lump-sum fee for our work, rather than hourly billing, as this provides more certainty to clients. It also means you know exactly what the cost will be, even if additional work becomes necessary.
If you successfully defend a criminal or traffic charge in the Magistrates Court, you are entitled to make application to recover some or all of your legal costs. There are no similar provisions to recover legal costs in the District Court and Supreme Court.
Please bring along any court paperwork which you have been issued with by Police. This may include a Prosecution Notice, Statement of Material Facts, Criminal and Traffic History, Infringement Notice, Notice to Appear, Bail papers and any other relevant documentation.
We strongly recommend that you obtain legal advice before speaking with Police, and we are available to offer you all necessary advice. Please find our contact details on the contact page. We are usually able to offer you preliminary legal advice over the phone free of charge, and without the necessity of an appointment.
No reputable lawyer can or should provide a guarantee of an outcome in a criminal matter. We can assure you however that any advice we give you about your chances will be sound and well-reasoned, with the benefit of our decades of experience.
Again, it is usually impossible to predict precisely what sentence you are likely to receive. We can however provide you with a likely range of sentencing outcomes based upon the particular circumstances of you and your case. Naturally, we can furnish you with advice about what to do to help ensure you obtain the best outcome possible.
Yes. If you are guilty, a plea of Guilty at the earliest reasonable opportunity will attract a discount of up to 25% off your sentence. The size of the discount will however diminish the longer the delay before it is entered.
Yes. Often it is be possible to negotiate with the prosecution to have a charge downgraded or discontinued. The main reason that charges are downgraded or discontinued is either that the original charge is unlikely to succeed, or there is no public interest in prosecuting the charge. Our experienced team can enter into negotiations with the Police and the Department of Public Prosecutions in order to maximise your chances of having your charges downgraded or even discontinued.
If your licence is disqualified, you may be eligible to apply for an Extraordinary Licence, unless the disqualification is for demerit points. You may be eligible for an Extraordinary Licence if you require it for one of the following reasons:
to obtain urgent medical treatment; or
your principal means of earning an income depends upon it; or
it is the only practical way for you, or one of your family members, to get to and from work.
Any instructions you give us are confidential. We take our obligation of confidentiality very seriously, and under no circumstances would we disclose details of your case to another party without express permission from you.