Criminal Law

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Skilled defense lawyers for people charged with criminal offences.

When you’re charged with a crime, you face a long road ahead. The criminal justice system can be complex and often requires special knowledge to navigate.

You may be at risk of an expensive fine, a jail sentence and other consequences.

At Australian Legal Specialists you’ll work with an experienced and skilled criminal defense law firm and legal aid solicitors who will aggressively represent you and fight to get your charge dismissed or reduced.

Our attorneys attend Local Courts across the Sydney metropolitan area as well as regional NSW. We deal with a wide variety of criminal matters including drug charges, assault offences and AVOs.

Our lawyers cover a wide range of services in criminal law:


Affray refers to situations where you use, or threaten to use, unlawful violence towards another person, and where your conduct would cause an ordinary person to fear for their safety.

Being charged with affray has the potential to have a negative impact on your life as it may result in a criminal record, which could affect your ability to work and travel.

With the help of the experts at Australian Legal Specialists, you can fight to have the charges dropped or dismissed.

Assault Offences

An assault is any unauthorised touching or any action that causes another person to fear immediate and unlawful personal violence.

It can be stressful and upsetting being charged with common assault. Trust that Australian Legal Specialist will go above and beyond to ensure that you get the best possible outcome.

Drug Offences

Australian Legal Specialists have helped hundreds of clients charged with all types drug offences from possessing a pill at a music festival to some of Australia’s largest ever drug importation and supply cases.

Fraud Charges

Being charged with fraud can have a devastating impact on your life, affecting your ability to work and obtain financial assistance in the future.

Our highly-experienced criminal lawyers have the expert knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that you get the strongest possible defence against the charges.

Public Order Offences

Public order charges can be treated seriously by the courts, therefore it is vital to get advice and representation from specialist criminal defence lawyers who are experienced in dealing with ‘public order’ cases.

We have succeeded in having ‘affray’, ‘violent disorder’, ‘unlawful assembly’ and ‘riot’ charges withdrawn at a very early stage.

We do this by carefully examining the evidence and writing to police (or DPP) outlining the problems in their case, including any possible defences such as self-defence, duress and necessity.

If the matter proceeds to a hearing, we will fight for the dismissal of the charges so that you can get on with your life.

Sexual Offences

Being charged with a sexual offence is overwhelming for everyone.

Getting the right lawyer can relieve much of the burden associated with these stressful proceedings.

We have a long and proven track record in getting sexual offences withdrawn at an early stage and winning sexual assault trials.

Our experienced legal team will fight for you every step of the way.

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)

An AVO is not a criminal charge or offence. It will not appear on your criminal record. However, it can still have a significant impact on your personal and professional life.

An outstanding AVO will show up on a ‘background check’ conducted by many employees. It may impact your ability to work with children, as well as your ability to carry firearms.

An AVO can negatively impact your family and personal life, as it may prevent you from living with the person who applied for the AVO affecting your ability to maintain a relationship with your children.

Even where you are allowed to continue living or associating with the person who has sought the AVO, it can place an enormous strain on your family relationships because you must constantly worry about whether your conduct could breach the AVO.

Because of these serious consequences, it’s strongly advised that you seek assistance from a highly experienced criminal lawyer who can advise you on the best course of action when it comes to defending your AVO.

Centrelink Fraud

There are many different forms of Centrelink fraud, including failing to report your income, reporting incorrect earnings, failing to report a change in circumstances and incorrectly declaring a relationship in order to derive extra benefits. 

Being charged with Centrelink fraud can be a distressing experience, especially when it has the potential to negatively impact your personal finances.

With the assistance of our team,  you may be able to resolve Centrelink matters at an early stage without proceeding to court.

Even if you do end up going to court, our criminal lawyers can help you persuade the court to deal with the matter leniently by way of a section 10 dismissal or conditional release order – where you are found guilty of the offence, but no conviction is recorded on your criminal record.

Firearms & Weapons Charges  

Firearms & Weapons Offences are treated seriously by the courts. It is therefore vital to secure representation from lawyers with specialist experience in firearms cases.

Offences Against Police

It’s no secret that some police officers act outside of the law, including when it comes to arrests.

For a range of reasons, those under arrest may be reluctant to assert their rights even if they know they’ve done nothing wrong. They may not be aware of their rights, or may be afraid that police will assault or charge them. 

It’s never a good idea to resist an arrest, as it could make things harder for you down the track.

If you are charged with resisting arrest, it is advisable to speak with an experienced criminal defence lawyer as early as possible. 

Robbery Offences

Being charged with a robbery offence can put a hold on your life and future.

Robbery is very similar to the offence of larceny (stealing), however it is considered more serious as it also involves an assault on a person. There are several different forms of robbery under the Crimes Act. These include:

Robbery or stealing from the person (s 94 of the Crimes Act):

•Aggravated robbery (s 95 of the Crimes Act);
•Aggravated robbery with wounding (s 96 of the Crimes Act);
•Armed robbery, or robbery in company (s 97 of the Crimes Act);
•Armed robbery or robbery in company resulting in wounding (s 98 of the Crimes Act).

Each of these offences requires the prosecution to prove different factors. They also carry different maximum penalties.

If you are charged with resisting arrest, it is advisable to speak with our experienced criminal defence lawyer as early as possible.

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