We have been carrying out bail applications on behalf of our clients for over two decades and understand the many rules courts consider when deciding whether or not to grant bail.
Our extensive experience will ensure you have a well-prepared and persuasively-argued bail application aimed at releasing you from custody as soon as possible.
Drug offences are complex and we have assisted many clients in either successfully defending charges or obtaining lesser penalties. We have helped many of our clients avoid criminal convictions all together or have their charges downgraded.
So whether you want to avoid a conviction for having drugs at a festival, or want a strong defence for a more serious charge, we will fight for and with you every step of the way.
Protect your freedom. We will advise you on a number of options and can help with make applications, varying orders or seeking to have them removed. The effect of an apprehended violence order can be drastic so talk to us today and we can make a plan for you.
Our client was charged with assault following a rowdy night out in the City and was looking at the possibility of jail plus a criminal record. We made a number of representations to the Court such as his character and stable career history – which resulted in a section 10. The charges were dismissed and instead he was placed on a good behaviour bond.
Mid-range drink driving
We recently represented a client who was charged with mid-range drink driving on her way back from a family lunch. Looking at a $2200 fine plus 12 month loss of licence, we made a number of representations at Fairfield Court such as her good driving record and character references. Our client received the minimum penalty (a six month licence loss) and a reduced fine of $400.
Loss of licence reduction
Our client is an ex Defence Force Member with 20 + years of service including posts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Police pulled him over doing 152 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. We helped him prepare a range of favourable materials including references from community members and persuaded the Judge to exercise her discretion. The Judge agreed and reduced the potential loss of licence penalty from two years to just six months, a significant result given the extreme speed in a residential area.
Charges dropped for serious offence of affray
Our client was charged with affray (fighting in a public place) and looking at a jail term of up to four years if found guilty. Affray is a serious offence with not many defences meaning charges can be difficult to fight.
After analysing a vast amount of evidence from Police (with a fine tooth comb) we pleaded not-guilty on behalf of our client. We argued he was wrongly identified by Police and not actually the person in the video.
All charges were dropped and our client walked out of court that day a free citizen!
No conviction recorded for drug charges
Our client was caught by police at a dance party with a small amount of ecstasy and charged with drug possession.
Being convicted of a drug charge can make international travel difficult and we made representations to the court that our client relied on overseas travel for his job.
As this was a first offence for our client, charges were dropped by police and he could travel to the USA for work.
Dismissal of serious mid-air incident
We recently acted for a client who was on a flight from Europe bound for Australia. Whilst flying over international waters, he had an episode and threatened cabin staff, fellow passengers whilst refusing to follow orders from the captain. He was handcuffed to his seat for the remainder of the flight and arrested upon arrival in Sydney.
Looking at serious jail time for his behaviour, we made a number of enquiries and were able to have his charges dismissed under a section 10, citing mental illness.
Driving under the influence of illicit substance
Our client is a 36 year old single mother with a teenage son. Police charged her with driving a car that had a stolen trailer, being in possession of a number of Valium tablets without a prescription and being under the influence of an illicit substance whilst driving.
We prepared a number of materials such as character references, evidence of recent work with disabled patients at a care facility and provided evidence she would no longer be able to perform such work if she lost her licence.
After arguing that it was appropriate for the court to deal with our client by way of a section 10, the Magistrate agreed and placed our client on a good behaviour bond without conviction, for a period of two years.
Our client was thrilled, learnt a big lesson and continues to work in her job providing vital care to disabled patients.