Stary Norton Halphen is one of Melbourne’s most respected, best known and largest criminal law firms. Our criminal solicitors are experts in all aspects of 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.
Best Criminal Defence Lawyers In Melbourne
Stary Norton Halphen is a highly regarded team of experienced criminal defence lawyers, providing insightful, honest and strategic legal advice. Our lawyers also appear in Court regularly and are effective and robust advocates.
We practice exclusively in criminal law. Each case is important to we are focused on delivering the best possible result for our clients.
Stary Norton Halphen have experience, knowledge and expertise in all areas of criminal and traffic law, including:
We also regularly prepare and appear in bail applications and have a sound understanding of what is required to give you or a person you care about the best opportunity to be granted bail.
Criminal matters and going to Court can be extremely complex and stressful. At Stary Norton Halphen, we will guide you through your case, help you make decisions and do all we can to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
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
Intervention Orders , applying for an intervention order, defending against an intervention order
White collar and corporate crimes, with a particular focus on individual white collar crime, such as embezzlement and fraud, and crimes involving small-to-medium businesses
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
Being caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.05 or whilst under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs
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
Domestic violence and family violence are a particular category of violent crimes and often involves allegations of threats to assault and allegations of assault.
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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.
Stary Norton Halphen is the largest specialist criminal law practice in Melbourne and partners with IMCL to support the service to deliver high quality criminal law help to people who can't otherwise access a criminal lawyer. IMCL spoke with Stary Norton Halphen Partners Sam Norton and Tim Schocker.
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The Age, 06/04/18
North Melbourne great Glenn Archer can appeal his conviction for assaulting a runner at his son's junior football game, after getting the go-ahead from a Supreme Court judge.
Archer, 45, punched a volunteer runner, breaking his glasses, after tensions boiled over at a match at Heidelberg oval on June 25 last year.
He believed he was only going to get "a slap on the wrist" when he pleaded guilty to assaulting the runner.
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9 News, 12th Feb 2018
An "extremely inexperienced" driver has avoided a criminal conviction and jail over a car crash that killed her grandfather as the pair went to watch a sunset near Melbourne.
Wenting Yu, 27, earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death of Yong Gen Wu after the March 2016 crash on the winding single-lane road to Mt Dandenong.