Criminal Matters

When You Need Experience On Your Side


Being Charged with a criminal offence?

You Only Have One Chance To Get It Right

It’s important to remember that you’re presumed innocent until you’re proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in Court. Facing the justice system alone and successfully defending yourself can be an insurmountable task and frankly not worth the risk. Our criminal law experts practice exclusively in this area and will work to identify the best outcome for you and advocate for you at all stages of the court process.


Price is important in stressful times. Equally as important is the adage you get what you pay for. We don’t hold ourselves out to be the cheapest provider of legal services, but nor are we the most expensive. What we do hold ourselves out to be is very good at our job, practical, and responsive. You’ll also know exactly what it will cost you. Client satisfaction is how we judge our performance, not price.


Legal expertise is just the start. We also give you outstanding service. Our solicitors are experts in criminal law. Our knowledge will help you achieve the best outcome possible.


Are You Facing a Drink Driving Charge?

Drink Driving Can Have Serious Ramifications and Affect Your Life

If you’re caught drink driving you will be provided with a summons to appear in the Magistrates Court. The Magistrate will decide on the penalties which will include a fine and disqualification, or a term of imprisonment.  The severity of the penalty will depend on your breath or blood alcohol concentration at the time of your offence, your past traffic history, and any previous drink-driving convictions.

Not the first time you’ve been caught for drink driving? 

If you have been charged with drink driving before, you face a sentence of 2 years disqualification and a period of imprisonment. Even with no prior charges, you can be sentenced to 9 months in prison. If you are convicted of drink driving, you are also not eligible for a work licence. Our criminal law experts have significant experience in this area and will work towards achieving the best possible outcome.

We Know How The System Works

Our criminal lawyers can assist you if you are required to be interviewed by police, need to be represented in court after the police have charged you or you have already been found guilty and want to appeal the sentence.

We offer compassionate, clear and professional advice. We will prepare you for your court appearance. We will prepare you for the outcomes and provide you with the information you need to decide whether to plead, either not guilty or guilty. We will make you feel at ease and well represented.

Drug Offences

Drug offences are taken very seriously and carry severe penalties.

There are a number of offences you can be charged with in connection with illegal drugs.

The penalties vary according to the type and amount of drugs involved:-

Schedule 1 drugs (e.g. amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, LSD and ecstasy) carry greater penalties than schedule 2 drugs (e.g. cannabis, morphine and barbiturates). For example, supplying heroin carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail; whereas supplying cannabis has a maximum prison term of 20 years.

The amount of drugs involved in the offence is a significant factor.

If you’re in this situation we can help you.

Need Access TO Legal Advice But Don’t Think You Can Afford It?

Are You Eligible for Legal Aid?

PD Law is a preferred supplier for legal aid in the region.  We can assist you with your eligibility and assist with you with making an application for a grant of aid.

To get a grant of legal aid, you must:

  • be financially eligible under the Legal Aid means test
  • have a legal problem which meets Legal Aid guidelines, which are based on the priorities set by the government
  • meet the Legal Aid merits test

How to get an application form:

You can use the client authority form(PDF, 83KB) to authorise another person to communicate with us about your application.

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