Criminal Law


Any criminal investigation or charge can be a stressful and even life-altering event. With over 30 years of experience in the criminal courts, our team of highly experienced and specialised practitioners are trusted, reliable, and have an excellent track record in criminal trials. We have a high success rate in s 106 applications for discharges without conviction, and an industry-leading success rate in jury trials. Melanie has been involved in countless criminal proceedings, representing private and legally-aided clients on everything from minor traffic offences to serious criminal charges.

Our lawyers act for clients on a wide range of criminal matters, including:

  • Driving offences, including drink driving and limited (work) licences
  • Drug offences
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual crimes
  • Youth offending
  • Mental health proceedings under the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act 2003

We regularly appear in the Youth Court, District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal, and will provide strong advocacy without judgment whether you are legally aided or paying privately.