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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Criminal Offences & Early Intervention:

A common misconception is that a lawyer only needs to be engaged once charges have been laid by the police. This is not the case. Engaging a lawyer at the earliest opportunity can affect the path in which a matter takes. In some instances, this level of early intervention could be as critical as avoiding the criminal justice system entirely. 

At M&S Lawyers, we provide an all-inclusive service. We can be involved as early as the beginning of an investigation in order to support you through a police interview and ensure that your rights are being protected. Beyond that, we engage in any necessary negotiations with Prosecutions and provide representation in court from start to finish.

Not all matters need to go to trial:

Another advantage of engaging one of our experienced criminal lawyers is that you can be assured that a thorough examination of the evidence will be carried out – ensuring that appropriate advice is given in the first instance. Having a lawyer who understands the evidence can often lead to the successful negotiation of charges. This can include the reduction of charges, or charges being discontinued entirely. This not only provides just outcomes for our clients, but also reduces the burden of financial outlay, alleviating some of the stressors associated with having to face the justice system. 

Our Services:

Drug Offences

  • Trafficking in Dangerous Drugs
  • Supplying Dangerous Drugs
  • Producing Dangerous Drugs
  • Possession (both personal and commercial) of Dangerous Drugs
  • Importation of Dangerous Drugs
  • Possessing Utensils and/or Pipes
  • Possessing Items in Commission of a Drug Offence
  • Permitting Use of Place to be used for a Drug Offence

Violent Offences –

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Attempted Murder
  • Torture
  • Acts Intended to Cause Grievous Bodily Harm and Other Malicious Acts
  • Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Wounding
  • Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm
  • Robbery
  • Choking, Suffocation or Strangulation in a Domestic Setting
  • Stalking
  • Contravention of Domestic Violence Order
  • Common Assault
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle (including circumstances of aggravation)
  • Fail to stop/evade police

Dishonesty Offences –

  • Money Laundering
  • Fraud (both State and Commonwealth)
  • Stealing
  • Unlawful dealing with shop goods

Property Offences – 

  • Burglary 
  • Enter Premises and Commit Indictable Offence 
  • Arson
  • Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Wilful Damage
  • Trespass

Firearm and Weapons Offences – 

  • Unlawful Supply of Weapons 
  • Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • Possession of a Knife in a Public Place 

Sexual Offences – 

  • Rape
  • Maintaining a Sexual Relationship with a Child
  • Indecent Treatment of a Child 
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Unlawful Carnal Knowledge 
  • Sexual Assault 

Internet Crime/Pornography – 

  • Possessing/Making/Distributing Child Exploitation Material 
  • Using Carriage Service to Threaten/Menace/Harass