Criminal Lawyers Melbourne

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 office is continuing to operate and provide top quality representation and advice to clients despite COVID-19 and the measures recently announced by the Victorian state government.

We understand that high quality representation when dealing with your case is an essential service and we are ready, willing and able to provide it. We are available for phone conferences immediately and can assist you with criminal law and family violence matters during this uncertain time.

We have the experience.

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.

We will guide you.

Each year we work on thousands of criminal cases. Some are high profile and capture significant media attention, most do not. All of which are equally important to us.

We will stand up for you.

We want you to feel you have a voice, that your side of the story is told, and that you receive a fair go. Most importantly though, we will prepare your case and stand up for you in Court. 

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 us and 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.

Drug Cases

Trafficking, drug use, possess drugs, cultivating, possessing, using drugs, clandestine laboratories, meth labs

Sexual Offences

Indecent assault, rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, incest, sexual penetration of a child under 16

Theft & Fraud

Shoplifting, theft from employer, bank fraud, centrelink fraud, obtaining property by deception

Assault & Property Damage

Assault, assault with a weapon, intentionally causing serious injury, threat to kill

Firearms & Weapons

Possess a firearm, unregistered firearms, possess a longarm, prohibited person in possession of a firearm

Traffic Offences

Drink driving, drug driving, speeding, driving while disqualified, driving while suspended, unlicensed driving

Homicide & Culpable Driving

Murder, manslaughter, culpable driving, defensive homicide, negligent manslaughter

Bail Application

Magistrates Court, County Court, revocation of bail, conditions of bail reporting to police

Commonwealth Matters

Social Security Fraud, Transmitting illegal material, People Smuggling, Human Trafficking

Intervention Orders

Intervention Orders , applying for an intervention order, defending against an intervention order

Drink Driving DUI

Being caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.05 or whilst under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs 

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and family violence are a particular category of violent crimes and  often involves allegations of threats to assault and allegations of assault

Corporate Crime

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

Have You Been Formally Interviewed or Charged by the Police?

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.

What To Say

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.

When to Contact Criminal Lawyers

We understand that being arrested, or even approached, by a police officer can lead to a lot of anxiety. You may be unsure of your rights and be unclear about whether to provide the police with your version of events.  You are right to be concerned because, whether you decide to give the police an account or alternatively to exercise your rights and remain silent, the decision you make can and often does impact on how you are able to defend yourself when your matter reaches court. It is therefore vitally important that you speak with a lawyer before you are interviewed so you can make an informed decision as to how to approach your interview.

At Stary Norton Halphen we have experienced criminal lawyers at a number of offices throughout Victoria, including Melbourne’s CBD, to assist you in working out the best approach having regard to the circumstances of your case. 

Needless to say, it is important to obtain advice and secure legal representation as soon as you are able. The earlier you contact a lawyer, the easier it will make the whole process and the better it will be for your case if you are charged. It will also assist you in understanding and approaching what is, for many people, a foreign and complicated process that is difficult to navigate without the guidance of an expert criminal defence lawyer.

Stary Norton Halphen is a highly regarded team of experienced criminal defence lawyers, providing insightful, honest and strategic legal advice in respect of all criminal law matters. Our lawyers appear in court regularly and are effective and robust advocates.

At Stary Norton Halphen we ensure your rights are protected, and that the decisions that you make are best for you and your defence. We ensure that your case is thoroughly prepared and, when the times comes, we make sure that your voice and your story is heard.

Whether you are being charged with a criminal act, or have been taken in for questioning, our criminal lawyers are available to advise and guide you. 

How Stary Norton Halphen Criminal Lawyers in Melbourne can help

Our experienced and specialist criminal lawyers will provide you with legal advice as to the best approach for you to adopt when you are formally interviewed by police (that is, whether to provide an account of events or to remain silent and refrain from commenting), as well as an understanding of what you can expect in the event that you are charged with one or more offences.

Experienced criminal lawyers can also offer you with guidance as to the law, the evidence, your options and the potential outcomes in the circumstances of your particular case. Our team is well equipped to advise and guide you so that you are well informed about the process you will face from the very beginning. In our view, it is critical to receive this advice from a specialist criminal lawyer as it will enable you to make the best decisions for yourself right from the beginning of your case. 

We have a highly capable team of lawyers ready to provide you with this advice and guidance, owing to our extensive knowledge of the Victorian criminal justice system and our experience of advising many thousands of people who have been questioned and charged by the police.  

Finally, in the event that you are charged with an offence and your case proceeds to Court, our expert criminal defence lawyers are here to advocate on your behalf. Our lawyers are experienced advocates who will assist to present your case in the most effective way.

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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.

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