We can provide representation for all criminal and traffic offences.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Drug Offences
  • Sexual Offences
  • Assault Offences
  • Personal Safety Intervention Orders
  • Apprehended Violence Orders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Theft and Burglary offences
  • Bail applications
  • Traffic Offences
  • Drink Driving Offences
  • Fraud and Dishonesty

Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid is a government-funded service that provides funding to lawyers to represent clients who cannot afford to pay for a criminal lawyer.

Our firm is on the Victoria Legal Aid Summary Crime Panel, this means we can apply for a grant of legal aid on your behalf for matters undertaken for adults in the Magistrates’ Court if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The matters we can apply for a grant of Legal Aid include:

Summary crime matters including traffic offences and infringements heard in the Magistrates’ Court

  • Bail applications and variations in the Magistrates’ Court and County Court
  • Indictable crimes that can be heard summarily
  • Any summary crime matter involving a sexual offence
  • Breaches of family violence or personal safety intervention orders
  • Criminal appeals to the County Court

 

 

How we help you if you have been charged with a criminal offence?

An important fact to know about criminal law, is that everyone is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

Every crime has certain elements and each of those elements need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecution to secure a conviction.

This means the BURDEN OF PROOF is on the prosecution to prove that a person has committed a crime.

We take instructions from you as to whether you would like to plead guilty or not guilty and then present your case accordingly.

If you wish to plead not guilty, we usually aim to avoid Court and have the charges withdrawn and dropped by the following process:

  • We analyse the prosecution’s brief of evidence (the brief shows us all the evidence that they are intending to rely on to prosecute the accused)

 

  • Through an analysis of the evidence, we can sometimes find inconsistencies and weaknesses in the prosecution’s case

 

  • If we find that the evidence is not sufficient to establish that a person is guilty of the relevant crime/s, we contact the prosecution directly and negotiate to have the charges dropped or reduce the seriousness of the charges. (if the prosecution case is very weak, you may not even have to show up to Court & have all your charges dropped)

However, sometimes the prosecution case is strong, and we are unable to come to an agreement with the prosecution to have the charges withdrawn or reduced to a less serious charge.

We then provide you with court representation and present a strong defence case by outlining the legal defences applicable to your case.

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