Before finding her passion in criminal defence, Ms. Saldumbide worked for both the State and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Offices. These experiences afforded her the benefit of understanding the inner workings of prosecutions, including the intricacies of the Commonwealth sentencing regime; skills that have proven to greatly benefit her clients in criminal defence.
Setting her apart from many other solicitors, Ms Saldumbide also has experience in appearing before the District and Supreme Courts as an advocate in sentences, bail hearings and District Court appeals. She also conducts committal hearings, summary trials, and legal arguments in the Magistrates Court jurisdiction.
Ms Saldumbide’s criminal defence experience is extensive. Although her practice has most recently been focused on serious crime matters, such as major drug trafficking operations, serious child sex offences, serious violence, money laundering, robberies and murders, she has also defended countless matters in the Magistrates Court jurisdiction, varying from minor traffic offences, to petty crime, property offending, assaults and minor drug matters. In addition to these key areas of practice, Ms Saldumbide also has experience in the Mental Health Review Tribunal and with Domestic Violence matters.
Ms Saldumbide has been involved in a number of high-profile murder cases. Most recently, she was part of an experienced team that successfully advocated for her client’s murder charge to be downgraded, despite a seemingly overwhelming Crown case. It is her strong relationships with a variety of senior and well-respected barristers, that allows Ms Saldumbide to carefully choose her defence team, affording her clients this highest standard of representation.
Ms Saldumbide is well respected amongst her profession, having an exceptional reputation for her strong fight in court and her ability to connect with clients. She understands that the time she has with a client is potentially the most challenging period in that person’s life. Ms Saldumbide is therefore always professional, understanding and transparent, and keeps clients informed and supported every step of the way.