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The Best DUI Lawyers in Canberra

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Did you know that driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is a factor in about one-third of serious vehicle accidents and collisions in Australia? Accordingly, the offence is taken extremely serious by the authorities. In fact, the higher the level of alcohol in your blood, the greater the potential fine or jail time served may be.

If you have been charged with a DUI, you need a lawyer. A reliable and experienced lawyer can help you mitigate some or all of your charges and provide invaluable advice and guidance as you navigate through the process.

In this article, we’ll share the top three DUI lawyers servicing the Canberra region according to the locals. Let’s get started.

What makes a reliable DUI lawyer?

The penalties associated with DUI of alcohol can be severe. That’s why it’s essential to obtain reliable legal representation. If you’re not exactly sure what you are looking for in a DUI lawyer, start by seeking out the following attributes:

  • Specialist experience. Criminal law is specialised – offences related to drink driving even more so. Your best bet is to work with a DUI lawyer in Canberra who has specialist experience managing these types of situations.
  • Knowledge of DUI charges. Everyone’s circumstances are unique, and that’s why working with a law professional with expert knowledge of DUI charges is vital. They should be able to guide you toward the best possible outcome, whether that’s by going to court, pleading guilty, or through another course of action.
  • Compassionate and non-judgemental. We all know that driving under the influence is dangerous. The DUI lawyer you work with should not judge you for what you’ve done. Instead, they should have compassion for your situation and do whatever it takes to protect your interest.
  • Fairly priced. A competitive price point is always an attractive trait. However, remember that you will often get what you pay for.

The top DUI lawyers in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Without further ado, it’s time to introduce the best DUI lawyers in Canberra according to your feedback.

Kamy Saeedi Law

Kamy Saeedi Law

When facing a DUI charge, you need someone in your corner. The team at Kamy Saeedi Law can be that someone, and they are willing to go above and beyond to secure the best possible outcome. With specialist knowledge in traffic offences – including drink driving offences – you can rest easy knowing your future is in safe hands.

Level 1, 1 University Avenue
Canberra City ACT 2601
Baker Deane & Nutt

Baker Deane & Nutt

For more than 150 years, Baker Deane & Nut (BDN) has delivered leading legal services to residents of Canberra, Queanbeyan, and surrounding areas. Their team is equipped with extensive knowledge of all legal areas, including property law, family law, personal injury, and criminal law. Accordingly, they can guide you through your DUI with confidence, making this tricky situation that little bit more bearable.

Phone: 02 6230 1999
Level 1, 1 Farrell Place
Canberra City ACT 2601

Charles Filgate Giles & Associates

Charles Filgate Giles & Associates are skilled, experienced, and compassionate law professionals that can help you overcome even the most difficult situations. They know traffic law and are more than happy to assist you as you respond to your DUI charges.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you ever been issued a DUI? Maybe you’ve been faced with other traffic and driving offences. Which lawyer did you work with? Share your experience – whether positive or negative – in the comments area below.


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LSWCHP 5:04 pm 11 Jul 12

golden_youth said :

Better call Saul – http://www.bettercallsaul.com/

WTF? Ah, Google has been my friend….

460cixy 3:52 pm 11 Jul 12

Had too many stubs? You need Steve stubs he advertises on the wireless 0418482587

devils_advocate 1:41 pm 11 Jul 12

Slumlord said :

golden_youth said :

Better call Saul – http://www.bettercallsaul.com/

Best site I’ve seen in a long time

I would like to hand out some props to the TV show in general, the malcolm-in-the-middle dad guy (dunno the actor’s name) really just makes the whole thing.

Slumlord 12:33 pm 11 Jul 12

golden_youth said :

Better call Saul – http://www.bettercallsaul.com/

Best site I’ve seen in a long time

frg1978 11:01 am 11 Jul 12

My experience is that there was a defence a few years ago if the charge was low range drink driving and you could prove a certain number of years without any other offences. I think it is under Section 10 where the magistrate can prove the charge without conviction or something along those lines which means no loss of license. I think it would be well worth getting a good lawyer if you want to go down this path. I have used Grant Kennealy who cost me around $800 but and he was very good, especially when compared with some of the other solicitors you will see in there. You will need to provide character references to the effect that they know of the charge and that this is out of character for you, along with any other evidence you can find of your good character (volunteering, coaching kids sports etc.),
The other option is a apply for a restricted license if you really need to drive to care for your children or for work. This all depends on whether you have the option of using public transport however and just being inconvenienced is not enough. This is an additional charge I think.
Hope this helps.

golden_youth 10:32 am 11 Jul 12

Better call Saul – http://www.bettercallsaul.com/

devils_advocate 8:47 am 11 Jul 12

The_TaxMan said :

Why do you assume its a he? i think you’ll find that stupidity is not gender specific

It’s only men that get screwed over by the courts in custody disputes.

The_TaxMan 7:19 am 11 Jul 12

Jethro said :

Deref said :

Why would you lose your license for a “super low range drink-driving” charge?

If you read the OP he said it could affect hi shared custody arrangements with his ex.

I think it’s less about losing his license and more about losing access to his kids.

Although I can’t see how a low range DUI would do that unless his drinking was an issue raised during the original custody proceedings.

Why do you assume its a he? i think you’ll find that stupidity is not gender specific

bigfeet 6:57 am 11 Jul 12

It’s a Canberra court.

Just turn up and tell them that you are an oppresessed gender neutral cripple who had their land stolen and was abused as a child by your alcoholic step-father (who was a senior member of the Liberal Party) and you are now forced to use drugs, break into houses and drink drive through circumstances outside your control. If you can make up some new psychiatric disorder as well, it would certainly assist.

Throw in a reference to the police victimising you if the opportunity presents itself as well.

Deny all personal responsibility and blame everyone else. That seems to work well in Canberra Courts.

The Magistrate will probably award you a new car and a chaffeur for life.

Diggety 11:33 pm 10 Jul 12

On the other hand, if you are white, young, male, good up bringing, non-indigenous, heterosexual, apolitical father… You’re f*cked.

Diggety 11:27 pm 10 Jul 12

Paint it black.

Jethro 10:36 pm 10 Jul 12

I-filed said :

Find out who murderess Anu Singh used to help her get out of every drug-taking offence she committed while on parole and required to be drug and alcohol free?

Don’t you mean manslaughteress?

kwacka600 8:59 pm 10 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

Who did John Hargreaves use?

ha ha! good one! But seriously, would be worth investigating.

I-filed 8:54 pm 10 Jul 12

Find out who murderess Anu Singh used to help her get out of every drug-taking offence she committed while on parole and required to be drug and alcohol free?

Jethro 8:48 pm 10 Jul 12

Slumlord said :

Mal Meninga, from Meninga Edwards Johnson

I actually lol’d

Slumlord 7:34 pm 10 Jul 12

Mal Meninga, from Meninga Edwards Johnson

Dilandach 7:19 pm 10 Jul 12

Jethro said :

Deref said :

Why would you lose your license for a “super low range drink-driving” charge?

If you read the OP he said it could affect hi shared custody arrangements with his ex.

I think it’s less about losing his license and more about losing access to his kids.

Although I can’t see how a low range DUI would do that unless his drinking was an issue raised during the original custody proceedings.

Shows poor judgement and risk taking.

XO_VSOP 7:14 pm 10 Jul 12

Rachel Bird!

vg 7:02 pm 10 Jul 12

Aulich and Pappas are urban myths when it comes to getting off in Canberra. Case in point, recent murder convictions in Canberra.

Represent yourself and take your custody arrangements seriously. Yes, it’s your fault

dungfungus 6:55 pm 10 Jul 12

Who did John Hargreaves use?

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