Is there a cost for the initial consultation?
No. The first consultation is free.
During the meeting, we will discuss your charges with you as well as your personal circumstances. We will answer any questions you have. We will then provide you with quality legal advice.
Should you wish to proceed with legal representation, we will also provide you with a cost estimate for your matter.
How long will the initial consultation take?
It will usually take 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Can the initial consultation be by phone?
Yes. We are happy to accommodate what is most convenient for you. This includes in person meetings, video conferences and phone calls.
Do you do fixed fees?
Yes, we provide fixed legal fees for most matters. This includes sentence matters for drug possession, drink driving, assault and traffic offences.
However, in some circumstances, we will provide a clear cost estimate instead of a fixed fee. This will apply for larger, ongoing criminal matters or if you are pleading not guilty.
Which courts do you appear in?
We appear in all Local, District and Supreme Courts throughout New South Wales.
Can I get a barrister?
Yes, you can retain a barrister in your matter if you wish. A barrister is not always necessary. However, you will be required to have a barrister for some serious criminal charges.
We work with Sydney and Newcastle’s top criminal barristers, and we will work with you to retain the right barrister for your case.
Can I negotiate with police?
Yes. In most cases it is possible to negotiate with the police. We will discuss all of your options during the initial consultation.
What do I wear to court?
There is no strict dress code for court. However, a court is a traditional and formal environment and we therefore encourage our clients to dress in a way that reflects this context. Not only does this show respect for the judicial system, but it communicates to a magistrate or judge that you take the proceedings seriously.
This does not mean you need to go and buy a new suit to wear to court. Formal or business clothing you already own is acceptable.
What is an adjournment?
An adjournment means postponing your matter. In other words, your matter is moved to a later date. A prosecutor or a defendant can request an adjournment.
There are a number of different reasons to request an adjournment. These include:
- Obtaining legal advice
- To review evidence
- Preparing material for sentence
- To lay further charges
- To negotiate
- Because of ill health
What is a Court Attendance Notice?
A formal notice requiring a person to attend court on a specific date. It will outline the charge/s for which you need to attend court. In addition, it will include the court location, and the prosecutor’s details.
If you don’t attend court, your matter could be dealt with in your absence. In some cases, a warrant could be issued for your arrest.
Do I have to go to court if I have a lawyer?
In some cases, you will not have to attend court, provided you have a lawyer to attend on your behalf. If you need to work or cannot make it to court, we can discuss this option with you at the initial conference.