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.

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 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:

  • Drink and drug driving
  • Road safety offences
  • Assaults
  • Drug offences
  • Domestic violence
  • Fraud and theft
  • Sexual offences

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.

We are located Melbourne wide

Our Offices

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.

For urgent after hours advice call
Melbourne

Level 12, 460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 8622 8200

Sunshine

3/24 Devonshire Road
Sunshine
VIC 3020
(03) 9311 0010

Werribee

Ballan House
Suite 7, 5 Duncans Road
Werribee
VIC 3030
(03) 8754 0333

Geelong

Level 1, 84 Moorabool Street
Geelong
VIC 3220
(03) 5223 9800

Ringwood

Suite 4/45-51 Ringwood Street
Ringwood
VIC 3134
(03) 9259 5600

Melton

100 McKenzie Street
Melton
VIC 3337
(03) 8754 0333

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