I have extensive experience defending criminal and traffic matters in Local and District courts primarily within the Newcastle and Hunter Region but also in the Central Coast and Sydney.
I provide practical legal advice free of jargon so clients leave the appointment understanding what they have been charged with, what the penalties for the offence are and what needs to be done to finalise their matter.
Throughout the matter I will keep in regular contact with you so you are well informed of the process, clear on where your matter is up to and aware of what you need to do to prepare for when your matter is next before the Court. Should you have any questions regarding your matter it will be me that you speak with directly.
Often when you need a lawyer it is a difficult time in your life and so much can be riding on the outcome of your matter both personally and professionally. I understand that during this period you need someone who is readily available, understanding and empathetic and who will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
I appreciate it is difficult at the best of times to ask for time off work, let alone to see a lawyer and this is why I offer appointments outside of business hours to help make the process of obtaining legal assistance easier.
If you have been charged with a criminal or traffic matter please contact me and we can arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.
This is a question that I have been asked a number of times. My answer is this: “if you needed a knee reconstruction would you do it yourself? or if your car broke down (and you were not mechanically minded) would you try and fix it yourself”.
The law is very complex and that is why lawyers are required to do five years of study and two years of supervised work to be fully qualified.
It is through this study and by appearing in court on a regular basis that lawyers understand the courtroom practices and procedures, the parts of the legislation that need to be addressed and what subjective information the magistrate needs to know.
There are also occasions where an incorrect charge is laid, there is insufficient evidence to prove the offence against you or there is a defence available.
Given the potential implication a loss of licence or criminal conviction can have on your employment, travel and relationships, my advice is—yes you do need a lawyer.