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The Best Criminal Lawyers in Canberra

By Emily Morris - 5 August 2017 16

Criminal Lawyers Canberra

This has been updated for August 2017

Being arrested and charged for a criminal offence can be a scary experience, especially if you’re unsure of your rights.

You need reliable legal advice from an expert criminal lawyer to help you determine the best course of action. If you do decide to go to court, you need experienced and confident representation.

In this article, we will suggest three criminal lawyers in Canberra with proven track records. After consulting your comments and feedback, as well as local knowledge, we believe these lawyers can help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Remember, it is always advised to discuss your circumstances with a criminal lawyer before speaking with police.

Let’s get right into it.

What to Look for in a Quality Criminal Lawyer

Are you tossing up between a few different criminal lawyers in the Canberra region? You might be wondering what separates the good from the great.

Here are five traits you should look for in a quality criminal lawyer:

  • Expertise. First and foremost, the best criminal lawyers are experts in their field. They know the ins and outs of the law, and are able to provide sound advice relating to legal decisions and the court process.
  • Experience. You want a criminal lawyer that has seen it all before, and knows exactly how to respond to difficult situations.
  • Understanding. Being charged with a criminal offence isn’t usually a pleasant experience. You should never be made to feel uncomfortable or pressured by your criminal lawyer.
  • Transparent. Yes – lawyers are expensive. You should look for a criminal lawyer with a transparent fee structure, so you can budget confidently without fearing hidden costs.
  • Reliable. You should be able to trust your criminal lawyer. They should be prompt, and they should always follow through with their promises.

Do you have anything else to add to this list?

Let us know in the comments section below.

The Top 3 Criminal Lawyers in Canberra According to You

If you’re looking for a respected criminal lawyer in Canberra that you can rely on to achieve the best possible outcome, our list is a fantastic place to start.

Our recommendations are based on real-life experience and local insight. The following three firms can help you navigate the complexities of legal processes and court proceedings.

Baker Deane & Nutt

Baker Deane & Nutt is the oldest firm in the Canberra region, and has been in operation for over 150 years. With so much experience, you can trust their team to help you make crucial decisions regarding criminal charges.

The lawyers at Baker Deane & Nutt are specialists in both the ACT and NSW legal system. Their expertise in criminal law extends from assaults and drug offences to robbery and damage to property. Whatever the offence, their confident team can represent you and your case in court.

In addition to their professional attitude, legal expertise, and decades of experience, Baker Deane & Nutt understands that being charged can be a stressful and emotionally challenging experience. They have your best interest at heart, and always work hard to achieve the best outcome possible.

Colquhoun Murphy Lawyers

Whatever your goal, the qualified team at Colquhoun Murphy Lawyers can help. They understand that no two clients are alike. Therefore, they provide tailor-made services that suit your unique circumstances and meet your individual needs.

If you’re seeking a criminal lawyer that can communicate in a language other than English, Colquhoun Murphy Lawyers could be for you. They offer team members that can converse in Mandarin, French, Spanish, Hindi, Punjabi and Bahasa.

One of our commenters, CateD, had this to say about Colquhoun Murphy Lawyers: “The lawyer you need may depend on the nature of the crime of which the person involved is accused. Not knowing the detail of the crime alleged, I would recommend Karen Fogarty from Colquhoun Murphy.”

Porters Lawyers

With over two decades of experience in criminal law, Porters Lawyers in Canberra is dedicated, reliable, and prompt. Their team includes solicitors, counsel, associates, and specialist para-legals that can help you attain the best possible result.

With firms in Canberra, Wollongong, and Sydney, Porters Lawyers understands that the legal system can be daunting, overwhelming, and complex. Their goal is to guide you through the complications in simple, detailed language, so you can make informed decisions about your case.

One commenter, liability, had some insider advice about working with Porters Lawyers. “You could try Jason Parkinson at Porters Lawyers, I know that he has experience in that area. Jason is also a former policeman so he is familiar with police procedures.”

Have you had Experience with a Criminal Lawyer in Canberra?

Was is positive or negative? Did they help you achieve the outcome you wanted? Or did they make the entire situation more difficult?

Share your recommendations with us in the comments section below.

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16 Responses to
The Best Criminal Lawyers in Canberra
LSWCHP 5:40 pm 09 Jan 13

Pork Hunt said :

LSWCHP said :

TAD said :

Pesky viruses put child porn on your computer hey? Pay an expert enough, he’ll confuse the jury with enough techno babble to get you off.

Given that you have no information whatsoever, I’d rate that as the crap comment of the month.

That’s a big call given that this is RA and the month is only seven days old.

Although I didn’t write it, I meant “…of the month so far”, which means it’s only a fairly moderate call really. Still, accusing someone of being a kiddie porn drooler on the basis of nothing at all is a pretty outstanding effort.

Tetranitrate 4:14 pm 09 Jan 13

buzz819 said :

xceL said :

TAD said :

Pesky viruses put child porn on your computer hey? Pay an expert enough, he’ll confuse the jury with enough techno babble to get you off.

No TAD. This doesn’t involve any child pornography at all.. It’s interesting how this is the first thing that pops into many peoples heads.

liability said :

I don’t know if you have had any previous experience with lawyers. Just so you are forwarned, they are not cheap.

Most lawyers will charge at least $250 to $300 an hour for your run of the mill solicitor, anywhere up to $800 an hour for a parnter of special counsel. Smaller firms generally have lower rates than the larger firms.

If you defend the matter in Court a barrister will charge you a daily fee of around $4,000 depending upon their experience etc.

Wait, what? The defendant has to pay court fees? I thought this was the prosecutors job.

Umm… Of course court is not free… Normally the loser pays court fees

You’re an idiot. Stop offering idiot advice, you idiot.
CRIMINAL. Not civil.

Tetranitrate 4:13 pm 09 Jan 13

xceL said :

TAD said :

Pesky viruses put child porn on your computer hey? Pay an expert enough, he’ll confuse the jury with enough techno babble to get you off.

No TAD. This doesn’t involve any child pornography at all.. It’s interesting how this is the first thing that pops into many peoples heads.

liability said :

I don’t know if you have had any previous experience with lawyers. Just so you are forwarned, they are not cheap.

Most lawyers will charge at least $250 to $300 an hour for your run of the mill solicitor, anywhere up to $800 an hour for a parnter of special counsel. Smaller firms generally have lower rates than the larger firms.

If you defend the matter in Court a barrister will charge you a daily fee of around $4,000 depending upon their experience etc.

Wait, what? The defendant has to pay court fees? I thought this was the prosecutors job.

Ignore them.
For some reason there are numpties who can manage to open and comment on a thread without seeing the word “Criminal” in the title. Court fees apply to civil matters last I checked.

CateD 3:57 pm 09 Jan 13

The lawyer you need may depend on the nature of the crime of which the person involved is accused. Not knowing the detail of the crime alleged, I would recommend Karen Fogarty from Colquhoun Murphy. She has a science degree (math) and is quite computer literate.

mareva 7:21 am 08 Jan 13

You thought it was the prosecutor’s “job” to pay for your defence?

Mate…

Pork Hunt 10:15 pm 07 Jan 13

LSWCHP said :

TAD said :

Pesky viruses put child porn on your computer hey? Pay an expert enough, he’ll confuse the jury with enough techno babble to get you off.

Given that you have no information whatsoever, I’d rate that as the crap comment of the month.

That’s a big call given that this is RA and the month is only seven days old.

LSWCHP 9:08 pm 07 Jan 13

TAD said :

Pesky viruses put child porn on your computer hey? Pay an expert enough, he’ll confuse the jury with enough techno babble to get you off.

Given that you have no information whatsoever, I’d rate that as the crap comment of the month.

liability 8:43 pm 07 Jan 13

Without you providing more information it is a bit hard for anyone to offer any more meaningful advice.

xceL – I am not sure what you mean by the Defendant having to pay Court fees? I was referring to what your defence team might charge you. If you are found not guilty you can apply for costs from the prosecution, but even if costs are granted it won’t be for the full amount.

kos – You don’t need to get an “evidence warrant”, if proceedings have been commenced you can simply get a subpoena issued for that information. Quite a simple matter.

buzz819 8:28 pm 07 Jan 13

xceL said :

TAD said :

Pesky viruses put child porn on your computer hey? Pay an expert enough, he’ll confuse the jury with enough techno babble to get you off.

No TAD. This doesn’t involve any child pornography at all.. It’s interesting how this is the first thing that pops into many peoples heads.

liability said :

I don’t know if you have had any previous experience with lawyers. Just so you are forwarned, they are not cheap.

Most lawyers will charge at least $250 to $300 an hour for your run of the mill solicitor, anywhere up to $800 an hour for a parnter of special counsel. Smaller firms generally have lower rates than the larger firms.

If you defend the matter in Court a barrister will charge you a daily fee of around $4,000 depending upon their experience etc.

Wait, what? The defendant has to pay court fees? I thought this was the prosecutors job.

Umm… Of course court is not free… Normally the loser pays court fees

kos 7:43 pm 07 Jan 13

A lawyer who knows what they are doing and a case will cost upwards of 10k, you’ll need to decide not only if its worth it, but if you have sufficient evidence. As computer intrusion is actually a crime, you should be able to enlist the assitance of the police, in our case the AFP. Call Ph:(02) 6223 3216 to get them directly or log a normal case on 131444. For other help;

CERT AU may provide some assistance for free, I have had them contact me in regards to personal data on the internet etc.

https://www.cert.gov.au/

AUSCERT Are non government and in Brisbane and provide excellent support and information to private enterprise on incidents.

http://www.auscert.com.au/

DBCDE/ACMA provide some support to private enterprise on information security;

http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/
http://www.acma.gov.au

DSD have singalled many times that they are interested in helping both Government and Private, but as a private entity it is hard to even get them to say hello to you.

http://www.dsd.gov.au/

If the evidence isn’t handled correctly from day dot (copy taken, time drift noted and sighted, chain of evidence etc) then your case will be fairly useless. In order to get any additional information from 3rd parties such as telecommunications carriers you will need not only a case logged with the police but an evidence warrant, and you’ll need this in order to prove that something happened on the malicious attackers end as well as your end (eg it wasnt spoofed).

xceL 6:09 pm 07 Jan 13

TAD said :

Pesky viruses put child porn on your computer hey? Pay an expert enough, he’ll confuse the jury with enough techno babble to get you off.

No TAD. This doesn’t involve any child pornography at all.. It’s interesting how this is the first thing that pops into many peoples heads.

liability said :

I don’t know if you have had any previous experience with lawyers. Just so you are forwarned, they are not cheap.

Most lawyers will charge at least $250 to $300 an hour for your run of the mill solicitor, anywhere up to $800 an hour for a parnter of special counsel. Smaller firms generally have lower rates than the larger firms.

If you defend the matter in Court a barrister will charge you a daily fee of around $4,000 depending upon their experience etc.

Wait, what? The defendant has to pay court fees? I thought this was the prosecutors job.

liability 4:23 pm 07 Jan 13

I don’t know if you have had any previous experience with lawyers. Just so you are forwarned, they are not cheap.

Most lawyers will charge at least $250 to $300 an hour for your run of the mill solicitor, anywhere up to $800 an hour for a parnter of special counsel. Smaller firms generally have lower rates than the larger firms.

If you defend the matter in Court a barrister will charge you a daily fee of around $4,000 depending upon their experience etc.

It won’t take long to rack up $10,000 in legal fees. I have seen some defended matters that have dragged on and racked up many times that amount in legal fees.

Most lawyers will generally give you the first consultation free, but don’t expect much from it, it will probably only last 15 minutes. They will usually tell you that they need more information and details from you and you will require further appointments for which you will be billed.

If you do engage a solicitor they will give you a cost agreement to sign which should details their costs and their estimate of what the case should cost you.

TAD 3:36 pm 07 Jan 13

Pesky viruses put child porn on your computer hey? Pay an expert enough, he’ll confuse the jury with enough techno babble to get you off.

xceL 3:31 pm 07 Jan 13

Thanks, I’ll look into that 🙂

I’m only after an initial consultation so I feel it would be handy to speak to a solicitor who has some experience or knowledge of computers or cases to get the right advice.

liability 3:24 pm 07 Jan 13

You could try Jason Parkinson at Porters Lawyers, I know that he has experience in that area. Jason is also a former policeman so he is familiar with police procedures.

Most decent lawyers, even if they are computer savvy, will still call in a recognised IT expert to consult with and to provide expert evidence in Court.

Disclaimer – I previously worked with Jason many years ago.

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