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Exceptional representation in criminal & traffic law

Exceptional representation in criminal & traffic law

McConnell & Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers is a boutique criminal law firm that specialises in defending individuals against prosecutions for criminal, regulatory and traffic offences.

Chelsea and Joe brainstorming on a case.
Chelsea Saldumbide - M&S lawyers Toowoomba.
Joe McConnell discussing terms with a client.

Our range of practice areas

Criminal Lawyers Toowoomba

Our firm offers comprehensive criminal law services, commencing from the initial stages of an investigation.

Traffic Lawyers Toowoomba

Navigating the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (TORUM), which governs most traffic offences, can be a complex task.

Domestic Violence Lawyer Toowoomba

Domestic violence refers to acts of violence or abuse between individuals who are, or have been, in an intimate relationship, family relationship, or an informal care relationship.

Firearms Licensing Appeals

In Queensland, the Blue Card system is designed to minimise the risk of harm to children by ensuring that people who work with children are subject to an assessment of their eligibility and ongoing monitoring.

Work Health and Safety

Whether it’s a serious injury or fatality at the workplace, or failure to meet the rigorous standards set by Work Health and Safety regulations, the consequences can be significant for businesses and individuals alike.

Meet our Directors

Our Directors, Joe McConnell and Chelsea Saldumbide, have each built their legal careers exclusively within the realm of criminal and traffic law.

Joe McConnell
Chelsea Saldumbide


Kobe McdermottKobe Mcdermott
05:10 17 Jul 24
Amazing firm Chels Abby and Calum were amazing to deal with highly recommended won’t go anywhere else
Triston MooreTriston Moore
05:51 08 Jul 24
Jesse FJesse F
09:45 03 Jul 24
Joe McConnell is the best criminal lawyer money can buy. Joe goes above and beyond and outdoes the competition, by far! He is... compassionate and understanding and puts in every effort to ensure you are updated every step of the way. His knowledge and expertise ensured that I got the best outcome I could have hoped for! Don’t see anyone else except for McConnell & Saldumbide!read more
Graeme HoareGraeme Hoare
22:50 27 Jun 24
Chelsea's professionalism and work ethic was outstanding during our recent involvement within the legal system. She showed... compassion but was also very clear and direct on what to expect at upcoming hearings and events. Chelsea kept me up to date at all times in which direction our case was going. My Family and I cannot express our gratitude enough for the way she presented our case before the courts and for the way that she treated us as individuals. I highly recommend Chelsea and her team in the event that you may require their more
Shannara DyballShannara Dyball
11:55 21 Jun 24
I cannot express enough gratitude for the exceptional legal representation I received from McConnell & Saldumbide criminal... lawyers. Their unwavering dedication and profound expertise made all the difference in my case. From the very first consultation, I knew I was in capable hands. Joe took the time to thoroughly understand my situation, explained the legal system in a way I could understand. His professionalism and compassion provided me with immense comfort during a highly stressful period. Thanks to the firms hard work and dedication to my case, I get to be home with my family. Joe and his team fought tirelessly on my behalf, navigating through every legal hurdle with skill and determination. Their knowledge of the law is unparalleled, and their ability to present a compelling case is truly impressive. I could tell they genuinely cared about their clients as they went above and beyond to secure the best possible outcome for me and my more
greg selmangreg selman
21:01 12 Jun 24
Joe is the best criminal defence lawyer on the planet. 5 stars all the way. He is professional, ethical, upfront about the... possible outcome and will guide u through the process. He worked on our behalf and not only did he get the best outcome for our case but saved us money while providing a top notch defence. We highly recommend Joe to anyone that is need of this service.Thank you Joe for all ur hard more
07:59 12 Jun 24
From the first call to the last McConnell & Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers, specifically Abby and Chelsea have been exceptional to... be in touch with. No matter the outlook I would always given you a 5 star review due to your conduct and clear communication. Thank you for your time and effort answering every little question I had. You made me feel like a valued more
Stephanie RobbieStephanie Robbie
10:54 10 Jun 24
Joe and his team are very professional, helpful, and responsive. Their attention to detail, clear communication, and tireless... advocacy result in an unparalleled service for anyone requiring legal more
11:57 28 May 24
We could not give enough praise and wish we could review higher than 5 stars to Joe at McConnell & Sauldumbide Lawyers. We have... now been advised by Joe for over a year on different matters. The first time we reached out to Joe we could tell that we would instantly be informed of the best approach and have always been given the truth in what to expect for our outcomes. We have now been fortunate enough to work with Joe and he has then advised that working closely with Barrister David Jones KC would be in our best interests. Each time our percentage of winning our Matter was very low and that was not in a negative light but given in full honesty. The amount of work and time that Joe and David gave to our Matter and the attention to detail is second to none. Today after 8 months of waiting for sentencing and having been told that it was a 20% chance down to a 5% chance of a winning result we were extremely fortunate that we walked away saying that Joe and David Jones KC won the case for us. We will never have enough words to highlight the gratitude or shine a light on the outstanding and well articulated work they gave to our Matter. Thank you Joe and David from the bottom of our more
Amanda McGilvrayAmanda McGilvray
07:01 28 May 24
Chelsea and the team were absolutely wonderful to deal with, extremely efficent and personable. I would highly recommend.
00:30 27 May 24
Highly recommend these guys they do a fantastic job and well priced.
Harley GonzalezHarley Gonzalez
03:07 16 May 24
I am truly grateful for everyone at McConnell and Saldumbide criminal lawyers. I have no words other than they were absolutely... fantastic and an absolute pleasure to work with. I thank the team with my entire heartread more
Joshua WhiteJoshua White
20:18 09 May 24
Joe Mconell was Brilliant! He was tenacious, kind and considerate from start to finish. I wouldn’t hire anyone else.
Janelle WalkerJanelle Walker
10:45 07 May 24
From the very first encounter with Chelsea, Abbey & Monique I found them to be absolutely Amazing. Kept us update on my partners... case & progress. Very kind & caring people who listen to understand and give honest & reliable answers to everything. Done a fantastic job in the court room & got the best possible outcome and one we were very happy with. Very pleased with the work Chelsea done. HIGHLY RECOMMEND CHELSEA & HER TEAM. more
06:45 02 May 24
I was granted legal aid through this firm and my high rating goes towards Monique the receptionist that goes beyond expectations... to help and listen, I feel my and my family's positive experience a credit to more
Dan RouheadDan Rouhead
05:58 02 May 24
Cameron BrkicCameron Brkic
04:39 24 Apr 24
Joe was awesome, treated me with dignity, polite, to the point, did his homework, very professional. Therefore got the outcome we... hoped for in this situation. Would recommend Joe and his team without more
Vinicius DiasVinicius Dias
10:35 17 Apr 24
Dillon McfeetersDillon Mcfeeters
00:11 09 Apr 24
Awesome job with the case, Joe spoke fluently and I was confident in his ability to back my case
Chloe KerslakeChloe Kerslake
22:41 24 Mar 24
I had the privilege of working with Joe McConnell for my legal defence, and I couldn't be more impressed. From the start, he... showed unparalleled professionalism and empathy.Mr McConnell not only expertly handled my case but also ensured I understood every step of the process without feeling judged. His clear explanations and nonjudgmental demeanour made a daunting situation manageable.His legal expertise and strategic thinking led to a favourable outcome, and Mr McConnell navigated the courtroom with confidence and grace.I highly recommend Joe McConnell at M&S Lawyers for anyone in need of top-notch legal representation. Thanks for everything, Mr McConnell.Sincerely,Chloe more
Cameronredman SmithCameronredman Smith
12:06 21 Mar 24
Highly recommended very professional and experienced 👏 thanks Joe for helping me achieve the best possible out come... possible very easy to work with thanks again for helping me get through this tough time of my life 5 stars for sure 👍read more
Josh KleinJosh Klein
19:31 20 Mar 24
Chelsea is a superstar, from her meticulous preparation through to her accountability and commitment to getting an outcome; she... is the best. The biggest difference that I found was that she was genuine and caring and made us feel comfortable and at ease in a very difficult time. When you are dealing with matters that come with such high emotional toll, it is so great to have someone in your corner that does what they say they are going to do, when they say they are going to do it and even if the result did not go our way, I knew that no stone was left un-turned and that we were the best prepared we could be. From the bottom of my heart I thank Chelsea for everything that she has done for our more
John CollierJohn Collier
06:20 18 Mar 24
Absolutely Fantastic Work!
Tasman MylesTasman Myles
06:43 09 Mar 24
Joe and the team were fantastic.
01:04 26 Feb 24
Joe is an incredible lawyer and a great guy too. The firm has an impeccable record and I couldn't recommend them highly... enough.They're the more
Luke WoodLuke Wood
00:37 26 Feb 24
After having a negative experience with another firm, Joe and his team went above and beyond for me. Joe was extremely... professional and achieved such an amazing result. I highly recommend! Thank you so much!read more
11:47 25 Feb 24
I reached out to Chelsea as the shocked respondent to a DVO. Chelsea supported me throughout the entire process and helped me get... an outcome I was extremely happy with. Her compassion and communication was amazing, and I can not and will never be able to put into words how grateful I am to her. Chelsea you literally saved my life. When this DVO was issued to me, I actually couldn't see a way through it, but that changed when I engaged your services. Chelsea, I will be forever grateful.... THANK YOU... I would give Chelsea more than 5* if I more
Enterprise LegalEnterprise Legal
06:56 07 Feb 24
We are always comfortable referring to McConnell & Saldumbide, as we know Chelsea, Joe and the team will achieve the best... possible outcome for them. Their passion for relentlessly pursuing justice for their clients is more
Chris McIntoshChris McIntosh
07:57 31 Jan 24
I would like to leave a 5 star review for Calum WoodsCalum really assisted me in my situationChris McIntosh
Joe CursioJoe Cursio
00:59 18 Jan 24
I engaged Chelsea Saldumbide from McConnell & Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers to represent me on a Police Protection Notice. Chelsea... has been outstanding so far. She is easy to communicate and talks to you has a person not just another number. She makes sure you understand everything that is happening and is very prompt in getting back to you. Chelsea has eased my stress in this difficult time and I would recommend her to anybody. Thank you so much more
Dylan BDylan B
02:36 12 Jan 24
Experienced and reliable firm!
Heston MarinoHeston Marino
01:45 18 Dec 23
I highly recommended Joe McConnell, an absolute professional and expert in his field, there is no doubt in my mind that he sits... at number 1 in this city for his services. Heston Marinoread more
Torin WolffTorin Wolff
12:25 06 Dec 23
Firstly a big hand to Monique at reception! She was part of the reason I chose McConnell and Saldumbide lawyers with her kind and... caring nature. Joe took me through one of the most stressful times of my life. He was beyond professional throughout my entire time with him and was always by my side helping me along the way. I was facing some serious charges and with all of Joe's guidance and help we managed to get a result we didn't think was possible in our favour. Joe always kept me up to date with everything I needed to do and if anything changed during our time he would let me know instantly. I would honestly give more stars if I could! Again thank you to Joe and thank you to Monique. Absolute professionalism at the highest order!read more
Braden DandoBraden Dando
08:40 28 Nov 23
I recently had a matter handled by Chelsea from the firm. Safe to say I’m absolutely stoked with the outcome which I received.... Chelsea is extremely professional, easy to communicate with, made the whole process an absolute breeze. She also went above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcome for myself. If you have a legal matter that you need handled you cannot look past Chelsea from Mconnell&Saldumbide Criminal more
Lochlan GosleyLochlan Gosley
07:34 16 Nov 23
I am using the form for my upcoming trial and got Joe as my representative throughout the whole process he has been nothing but... helpful and honest I went into this trial thinking I didn’t have a chance or any idea as to the process involved and joe has helped with it all from helping me work more throughout the trial to making me feel like I have a fighting chance and couldn’t be more thankful for everything that joe and the firm has done to help and work with me through it allread more
Jacob RowenJacob Rowen
08:09 15 Nov 23
Jon ReisimaJon Reisima
07:05 15 Nov 23
I could not have got a better outcome, These two go above and beyond, they keep you updated the whole way and give great advice,... I felt confident and assured that I was getting the best representation I could, I highly reccomend more
Hugh MurrayHugh Murray
23:44 14 Nov 23
We can’t thank Chelsea from McConnell & Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers enough for her help. Right from the beginning Chelsea was... personable, open in her communication and went above and beyond to help my family out. She kept us informed throughout the whole journey, treated us with respect and got us the best possible outcome. Thank you Chelsearead more
10:56 14 Nov 23
I can 100% recommend this firm. They're very professional, thorough and supportive. They strive to get the best possible outcome... no matter the situation. Thanks so much Chelsea 🙏read more
Jest 316Jest 316
08:35 08 Nov 23
Joe McConnell from McConnell & Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers represented me when I was facing serious charges.Whilst my case was... ongoing everyone I had contact with at the firm were always happy to answer any questions asked and were always polite and friendly.I firmly believe without Joe fighting for me I would’ve served a very lengthy sentence instead Joe managed to get half of my charges dropped and I walked from court with only a fine.1st class criminal defence lawyer will only use Joe and his firm if I have any problems in the more
Arsin AroundArsin Around
02:51 02 Nov 23
I found myself in deep trouble and when I reached out to this firm they were more than happy to go above and beyond to help me.... They not only got me through my court appearance but achieved better results than expected with extra amendments added to my benefit. I found them very easygoing but extremely professional. If I ever need representation again this would be my only preference. I am truly grateful for all their help you are amazing.thank youread more
Poke MonPoke Mon
03:57 24 Oct 23
I highly recommend this firm, Joe and the team have been outstanding in their service, They have been professional all the way... and communication was more
Will FingWill Fing
02:32 14 Oct 23
Joshua ChambersJoshua Chambers
02:50 26 Sep 23
Joe was great to work with, he made the whole process simple and stress free. I was very happy with the result and would 100%... recommend!read more
Gina WyattGina Wyatt
06:51 20 Jul 23
Joe was so personable to deal with. Always kept us informed and had a great positive attitude. His legal secretaries were also... really friendly to speak to. Would highly more
Donnadabinett DabinettDonnadabinett Dabinett
07:10 27 Jun 23
Joe is the best highly recommended 👌 very professional and so is his team he needs to be pay more money a great person... and he explains everything and so does his staff and they are only a phone call away well done thank you so much I couldn't be happier with my results 😊read more
Tahlia MackTahlia Mack
01:44 08 Jun 23
The staff at McConnell & Saldumbide are extremely polite and welcoming. The firm's fees were explained upfront with no hidden... costs and I found them to be very reasonable. I was represented by Joe McConnell and I found him to be friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Joe was also able to break down all the legal jargon to me in a way that was easy to understand. Not only did he get me the best possible outcome, but an outcome that I didn't think was even possible. I would highly recommend this more
Bonnie WetherallBonnie Wetherall
07:20 24 May 23
Chelsea and David are phenomenal. I was supported throughout my entire case and my best interests were always prioritised. David... and Chelsea were incredibly honest, trustworthy, reliable and professional. I could not have asked for more exceptional legal representation. The outcome of my case was the best I could’ve hoped for, so for the millionth time, thank you more
brendan edwardsbrendan edwards
08:51 01 May 23
I can not believe how much support I got from Joe and his firm. Certainly makes difficult times at court much easier knowing that... you have the right people in your corner. Joe gave me a second chance at life not only for me but my family. Highly recommended would be an understatement. You want the best then McConnell and Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers are the way to go. Thanks Joe and Team for your hard more
Ben HeitBen Heit
06:12 20 Apr 23
Extremely happy with my experience. Joe and the team were extremely polite, honest, and willing to help. I Definitely recommend... using these guys! ?read more
Larissa OwensLarissa Owens
09:49 09 Nov 22
I can’t recommend Joe and his team enough. Joe was a wonderful lawyer and I truly can’t thank him enough for all his time,... effort, dedication and professionalism that he put into my case. Joe was always more than happy to answer questions and helped me with anything that I needed more clarification on. Joe was great with all of his explanations and always explained things in a way I could understand and always said that if there was any more questions just to ask. Joe did an amazing job and I can’t thank him enough by being my side through everything and always putting me first and helping me and being a wonderful lawyer. He is a very polite man, honest, reliable and easy to get along with and easy to talk to and just made me feel better in the situation I was in. I can’t recommend him enough as a lawyer and thank him for everything he did and making a stressful experience a lot easier by having him on my side. Joe always gave me the best advice he possibly could and always let me decide what I wanted to do there was never any pressure. Joe always explained the courts and how it worked and made sure we got to where we wanted to be and that we got the outcome we were after.McConnell & Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers are an excellent firm and would recommend if you are in need of a legal team. My family will forever be thanks for Joe and all he did for me. Thanks again Joe and team for more
steph Keilysteph Keily
10:45 31 Oct 22
Thankyou to Chelsea and her team for going above and beyond for my partner, you are the reason he is here with me today. Chelsea... showed my partner compassion and showed empathy for his cause, was incredibly informative-educating both my partner and I in terms that were easy to understand, and above all else was thorough so that nothing was left up to chance for his matter. In my eyes no level of care would never have been good enough but Chelsea never made us once feel that she wasn’t overturning every stone to make sure we got the best outcome possible, providing the service of what you’d imagine the most well renowned law firm could, yet at a modest price. Would highly recommend Chelsea and her team any day of the more
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Frequently Asked Questions

McConnell & Saldumbide are a team of experienced criminal lawyers dedicated to providing high quality legal services. We have a proven track record in successfully representing clients in a range of criminal and traffic matters.

McConnell & Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers specialise in all areas of criminal and traffic law, including but not limited to drug offences, assault charges, theft and fraud, drink/drug driving and work licence applications. We’re committed to providing robust defence strategies tailored to each client’s unique situation.

Choosing McConnell & Saldumbide Criminal Lawyers means you’re getting a team of dedicated professionals who are well-versed in the complexities of criminal law. We offer personalised attention, a thorough understanding of the legal system, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

You can get in touch with our team by filling out our contact form, or by calling the office directly. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and how we can assist.

Once you’ve made contact, our team will arrange a consultation to discuss your case in detail. We will then develop a tailored defence strategy, keeping you informed at every stage of the process. Our goal is to ensure you understand your rights and options, and to provide the best possible defence.