Criminal Law

Have you or a loved one been arrested or charged, and need a criminal lawyer fast?

If you have been arrested or charged, time is of the essence, and it is important you have an experienced and compassionate criminal defence lawyer by your side as soon as possible to protect your rights. What might I need a criminal lawyer for?

Empower Law Group is here to help. It’s important to have sound, experienced legal advice at all stages of a criminal matter. We have the skills to negotiate and fight charges on your behalf.

Criminal Offences:

  • Assault
  • Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) and domestic violence
  • Drug offences including possession or supply
  • Theft and robbery
  • Fraud, Centrelink offences and tax offences
  • Public order offences
  • Arson
  • Appeals.

Traffic and Driving Offences:

  • Drink driving offences
  • Drug driving offences
  • Demerit points disputes
  • Speeding fines
  • Parking fines
  • Penalty Infringement Notices

Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers

Have you been arrested or charged with a criminal offence, and need urgent assistance? Or are you concerned about the impact a criminal record may have on your future? If so, call 1300 414 844 now to speak with one of our lawyers or send us an enquiry via our online Contact form and tell us about your legal problem and we will arrange for one of our experienced criminal lawyers to return your call to discuss your matter. 

Empower Law Group is a boutique Sydney-based criminal law practice with experienced criminal defence lawyers who fight for your rights without fear or favour. Our solicitors provide clear and accurate legal advice and representation to ensure you receive the best defence possible.

Our highly trained lawyers are available to provide you with clear and accurate advice in relation to any allegations, charges or appeals to ensure you understand your options and to best ensure your rights are fully protected. Our lawyers provide a full suite or services with one goal – to provide the client with the best representation. 

Our expert Criminal Law Solicitors in Sydney can advise you on your options, which may include having your charges dropped by the police, or if the matter does proceed then fighting to protect your rights with a view to achieving the lowest possible penalties. With Empower Law Group you will have the best criminal law defence lawyers on your side, protect your rights and fighting for the best result. For you, our valued clients, our most senior practitioner reviews each case. This commitment to quality and experience will give you the confidence that you are represented by an experienced defence lawyer. Depending on your instructions, our defence strategy may include plea negotiations to have a charge withdrawn or downgraded, or amendments to the often “over-egged” police facts sheet to present a more favourable set of facts to the court.

As part of our services, we will always provide you with advice on potential defences, which may include honest and reasonable mistake of fact, self-defence, duress, or necessity and whether they apply to your case.

Whether you have been referred to us by a friend or searched “criminal lawyers near me” in Google – your case will be handled with care, skills and experience, working towards a successful outcome. 

Don’t let your life be impacted by criminal allegations or serious traffic charges (such as mid-range drink driving). With a wealth of experience in all areas of criminal law in New South Wales, call Empower Law Group today on 1300 414 844 or complete our online Contact form today.

Call Us If You Are Arrested or Charged – We Are Here To Help Anytime, 24/7

When faced with a criminal charge, traffic violation or serious allegation of misconduct, it is important to reflect on the impact it will have on your future, as well as your friends, family and loved ones. Our lawyers are trained to fight for your rights at every step of the way, from providing you with clear, accurate and tactical legal advice, and where possible, preparing persuasive arguments seeking charges be withdrawn or dismissed. We understand that being charged with a criminal offence is a stressful time and we can help you to reduce stress and anxiety in handling the matter with you every step of the way.

Experience a different type of professionalism and candour with Empower Law Group. Make it easier on yourself and your family by having an experienced criminal lawyer fight for your rights through every step of the way.

Empower Law Group is here to help. It’s important to have timely, accurate and experienced legal advice at all stages of a criminal matter. We have the skills and expertise to represent your best interests and fight charges on your behalf. Call Empower Law Group on 1300 414 844 or complete an online Contact form today.

FAQ

Do I need a criminal defence lawyer?

Whilst it takes over five years to become a lawyer in Australia, it takes many more years of experience to become an excellent criminal defence lawyer. If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offence, you should only retain an experienced and skilled criminal defence lawyer, someone who has years of experience and who can apply this experience to your matter. The more experienced the criminal defence lawyer is, the more experience the lawyer will have to rely on when dealing with police, and when representing you in court, to give you the best chance of a more favourable outcome.

How can a criminal defence lawyer help?

Lawyers experienced in Criminal Law (such as the team at Empower Law Group) know how to  handle the complex criminal law framework and can prepare you for the road ahead. They know the ins and outs of the legal system, including the practices and procedures, the relevant laws, the rules of evidence, the sentencing framework and have years of experience leading them to know what helps a client’s case and what doesn’t.

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, or suspected of having been involved in illegal activity, it can be a daunting, overwhelming, confusing and often embarrassing experience. You could receive a visit from the police at your home late at night, or a sudden appearance at your place of work. We understand how stressful this can be and we can help you manage these feelings of fear and uncertainty. A good criminal lawyer will ensure that you have the information that you need at every stage of the matter, which will provide you with clarity and confidence, two essential aspects when defending criminal charges.  

As far as facts and witness statements are concerned, a criminal defence lawyer can provide you with tactical advice on the evidence, and if necessary obtain and prepare evidence from witnesses to support your case. Witnesses can be afraid for their safety when they talk publicly, but conversations with a lawyer will ease their concerns so that the evidence needed for your defence is admitted into evidence.
For more information on how a criminal lawyer in Sydney can help, call Empower Law Group today on 1300 414 844 or complete a Contact Us form online.

What types of situations would require a criminal lawyer?

If you are charged with a crime, regardless of the fact whether you have committed it or not, you may experience a high amount of anxiety, stress and fear. It’s a time when you want to make sure you retain an experienced and skilled criminal defence lawyer who know the intricacies of the police and the criminal law system and who will fight for your rights without fear or favour.

Criminal lawyers available in Sydney on short notice

Can you choose for a criminal defence lawyer to be with you if the police tell you they want to question or interview you? In most cases, yes. You will have the option to have a solicitor accompany during formal questioning. By hiring an expert criminal lawyer in Sydney, many people might think you look guilty. However, police interviews are often conducted by trained and skilled high ranking police who are able to elicit responses from you, known as admissions, which may later be used against you. When a criminal defence lawyer is present the police are often more restrained in their attempt to use any questionable or frowned upon (sometimes illegal) methods to obtain information that can be used against you.

Criminal Offences

Assault

It can be a terrifying ordeal to be accused of a serious offence such as assault. There are several offences that fall within the assault category including assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault. 

A conviction for any assault charge can have serious consequences on your future, including career prospects and travelling overseas. Call our criminal team today for the best advice, fixed-fee legal costs, and experience built on the foundations of knowledge and professionalism. 

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) and domestic violence

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is a court order that limits the accused’s conduct (generally by prohibiting contact and/or other restrictions) in respect to another person. The police often apply for an Apprehended Violence Order, on behalf of alleged victims to protect the victim from potential threats, violence, intimidation or aggression.

Drug offences including possession or supply

A drug offence conviction may have a significant influence on the ability to travel overseas as well as your opportunities for jobs. In cases where allegations involve large quantities of illicit drugs, the penalties may be severe and can include imprisonment. 

Larceny/Theft

A charge of larceny is a commonly charged offence and can arise in relation to the alleged theft of small and less valuable items to large and very expensive items. Therefore, the penalties vary greatly and a good criminal lawyer will provide you with advice on potential penalties and fight for your rights with a view to obtaining a favourable outcome for you.

Robbery

It is an offence in NSW to steal something from someone else and intimidate them or use physical violence or force to take the property from them at the same time.

All of these offences are taken seriously by the courts and the implications may be severe, and can include imprisonment.

Fraud, Centrelink offences and tax offences

Fraud with Centrelink payments is considered a serious crime and pursued vigorously by both state and Commonwealth authorities, as such the consequences can be severe. 

One example of this is where it is alleged that you have lied to Centrelink about your income or circumstance to obtain benefits that you would otherwise not be entitled to. Centrelink fraud is viewed very seriously by the courts. If you are convicted of a Centrelink fraud offence, you may be at risk of imprisonment and this is why an experienced criminal lawyer can help. In addition to any penalties, the courts may also force you to repay the money to Centrelink.

Public order offences (Affray)

The most prevalent ‘public order’ violations in NSW are “affray”, “violent disorder” and “rioting”. These cases are often filed when a public disorder event has occurred (such as a street brawl or protest). 

Public order charges can be viewed as serious offences by the courts.

Arson

Causing a fire is a serious offence because the consequences can be catastrophic. Fires can cause damage to property and can cause serious injury or death to other people. For this reason it is important that you have a skilled and experienced criminal defence lawyer to assist you through the process and if required, obtain and present medical evidence to the court to mitigate the offence and penalty. 

Traffic and Driving Offences

Drink driving offences

Anybody could find themselves arrested with alcohol-related driving offences, no matter who you are and what you do. With our years of experience, we have acted for a wide variety of individuals. 

Drug driving offences

Drug driving means operating a vehicle whilst an illegal substance is present in your systems, such as THC (which is the active ingredient in Marijuana/Cannabis), MDMA (which is used in ‘Ecstacy’ pills), amphetamines (speed) or cocaine.

It is similar to, but also different from a drink-driving charge as the prosecutor is not required to demonstrate that, at the time of driving, you were directly impacted by the drugs. It is sufficient enough to prove that you had merely had drugs in your system while driving.

For this reason it is important that you have a skilled and experienced criminal defence lawyer to assist you through the process and if required, obtain and present medical evidence to the court to mitigate the offence and penalty. 

Other Traffic Offences

  • Demerit points disputes
  • Speeding fines
  • Parking fine
  • Penalty Infringement Notices
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