Criminal

Criminal Law

We appear in all criminal charges regardless of how minor or serious the offence may be. Our skilled lawyers deal with many criminal cases per year, ranging from drink driving, driving whilst disqualified, theft and assault charges to serious sex offences, murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking and firearms charges.

​Traffic and Licensing Matters

We represent clients who have been charged with drink driving or drug driving, arrested by the police, issued with a traffic infringement notice or are appealing a licence suspension or disqualification.

Drug Offences

Drug offence charges range from small quantity possession charges to large quantity commercial trafficking charges. Commonly prosecuted drugs of dependence are cannabis, methamphetamine (Ice), heroin, GHB, LSD, ketamine and cocaine. Each of these substances carry different tests in terms of what is determined to be a small quantity; prima facie trafficable quality or large commercial quantity. Minor offences will be dealt with in the Local Court whilst more serious matters will be heard in the District and Supreme Courts. Our criminal lawyers appear regularly in all locations in and around Sydney and New South Wales representing clients charged with drug offences. If you have been charged with drug offences you contact our office. Whatever the charge, a finding of guilty in relation to drug charges is highly undesirable. It is important that you speak to an experienced drug offence lawyer prior to making any formal record of interview.

Should I make a comment interview regarding drug offending?

In some circumstances there may be some benefit in assisting police in a record of interview. If the charge relates to possession, particularly where the person of interest has a clean record and is only picked up with a small quantity of drugs, co-operation can be a good idea. In these circumstances Diversion is a likely outcome, and if approved by a magistrate will result in no conviction being recorded. In other circumstances, particularly if police are considering a trafficking charge, they may have very limited evidence of trafficking, but a strong circumstantial case based on the possession of drugs. Here, a “no comment” interview is likely to be the best course. This is generalised advice and every case is different. If you are going to be interviewed with regard to drug charges then you must seek advice from a drug offence lawyer. It could be the difference between a drug conviction being recorded or not.

Asset confiscation and restraining orders in relation to drug offences. The other area where people are often caught out relates to confiscation provisions. Often clients are not advised that by pleading guilty to a Commercial Quantity Trafficking/Cultivation charge their assets are able to be confiscated or initially subjected to a restraining order. Again, each case is different so it is crucial that you seek legal advice as early as possible when facing any drug prosecution. The law is complicated and technical and these cases should be handled by a lawyer with experience.