Stary Norton Halphen is one of Melbourne’s most respected, best known and largest criminal law firms.
We are experts in criminal law and are well equipped to handle the complexities and sensitivities which can arise in a case. Our experience and knowledge will be used to your advantage, but it is our commitment to achieving the best possible result for each of our clients which sets us apart.
Each year we work on thousands of criminal cases. Some are high profile and capture significant media attention, most do not. All are equally important to us.
We want you to feel you have a voice, that your side of the story is told, and that you receive a fair go. We appreciate that legal procedures and processes can be drawn out and complex, so aim to help you understand and feel understood. Most importantly though, we will prepare your case and stand up for you in Court.
We have five offices located in Melbourne’s CBD and throughout Victoria and would be pleased to assist you.
Trafficking, drug use, possess drugs, cultivating, possessing, using drugs, clandestine laboratories, meth labs
Assault, assault with a weapon, intentionally causing serious injury, threat to kill
Murder, manslaughter, culpable driving, defensive homicide, negligent manslaughter
Indecent assault, rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, incest, sexual penetration of a child under 16
Possess a firearm, unregistered firearms, possess a longarm, prohibited person in possession of a firearm
Magistrates Court, County Court, revocation of bail, conditions of bail reporting to police
Shoplifting, theft from employer, bank fraud, centrelink fraud, obtaining property by deception
Drink driving, drug driving, speeding, driving while disqualified, driving while suspended, unlicensed driving
Social Security Fraud, Transmitting illegal material, People Smuggling, Human Trafficking
333 Queen Street
(03) 8622 8200
3/24 Devonshire Road
(03) 9311 0010
1 Ballan House
Suite 7, 5 Duncans Road
(03) 8754 0333
1/84 Moorabool Street
(03) 5223 9800
Suite 2, Ground Floor
23 Ringwood Street
(03) 9259 5600
Whether you have simply been contacted or have actually been arrested by the police, it is important you seek legal advice without delay before you are formally interviewed.
What you say in your interview will, at a later stage, be presented as evidence in Court. If you say nothing – which is often advisable – it cannot be used as evidence against you. Those who engage legal representation at an early stage are better equipped to know whether it will help them to tell their side of the story or whether it is best to exercise their rights and remain silent.
In short, advice from a competent and experienced criminal lawyer before you are interviewed can and often does have a meaningful impact on the outcome of your case and in some instances, is the difference between whether or not your matter proceeds to court or not.
If ever you are arrested and you do not get an opportunity to speak to a legal representative first, it is advisable to remain silent when you are interviewed. Only give police your name, address, and date of birth. Thereafter either say “no comment” to each and every question that you are asked or simply remain silent.
Remember, you have a legal right to remain silent and relinquishing it without first receiving legal advice could result in you incriminating yourself during the course of your interview.
Once you have been charged you should immediately seek the assistance of an experienced criminal law firm.
At Stary Norton Halphen we not only have decades of experience in the field of criminal law, we also have the largest team of criminal lawyers in Victoria, who are passionate, committed, and readily accessible to assist you in defending yourself against the police and the Office of Public Prosecutions.
You are welcome to contact us now to arrange an initial free consultation regarding your case.
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Andrew Halphen has been awarded for his immense contribution to the criminal law section of Victoria Legal Aid at this years Victorian Legal Awards.
Andrew now joins his legal partners, Robert Stary and Sam Norton in receiving this award.