Criminal Law Firm Sydney CBD/ Sydney

Criminal and Family Lawyers


Level 1, 299 Elizabeth Street

Sydney NSW 2000


Call us now on (02) 9283 1003




Suite 22, Skipton's Arcade

541 High Street Penrith NSW 2750


Call our Western Suburns office now on Tel (02) 47311311

Being charged with a criminal offence can have serious long term consequences.We understand how important it is to get you the best possible outcome and we provide you with the legal advice and representation you need to achieve it. We explore all possible defences and we vigorously assert your rights.
We attend all Courts in the Sydney central business district as well as the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern suburbs. Also appearing at Courts in regional areas.
We are available for urgent bail applications including weekend bail applications and during all school holidays and public holidays.
Sydney Criminal & Family Lawyers offers an emergency 24-hour service where clients can reach a specialist criminal lawyer at anytime of the day or night including weekends.  
We appear in the NSW Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court in defended hearings, jury trials, appeals, bail applications and  sentencing proceedings.



Criminal Law Charges



We have extensive experience in the following areas of Serious Criminal Charges commnced by the Police:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Weapons charges
  • Assault charges
  • Malicious Wounding
  • Aggravated Maliciously Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm
  • Affray, Click the following limnks to s93C Crimes Act and the leading case in relation to affray Colosimo and Ors v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW)

  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Break/Enter Commit Serious Indictable Offence
  • Malicious Property Damage
  • Armed Robbery

Guideline Judgement in relation to Robbery  R v Henry Barber 1999.htm

  • Arson
  • Assault Police
  • Blackmail
  • Drug charges : Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, Drug Cultivation and Drug Importation
  • Centrelink Fraud
  • Commonwealth Fraud charges
  • Goods in Custody Suspected Stolen
  • Intent to Commit Serious Computer Offence
  • Kidnapping
  • Obtain Financial Advantage by Deception
  • Larceny
  • Shoplifting
  • Production of Child Pornography 
  • Sexual Assaults
  • Allegations of Child Abuse


    The old saying "spare the rod and spoil the child" is no longer tolerated.
    Discipling a child by corporal punishment with the use of an object such as a belt or wooden spoon is now a serious criminal offence constituting Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. We are involved in this type of matter at present.
    If an accused person has been charged with ABH constituting child abuse he or she might rely on a claim of right pursuant to section 61AA, Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). Under S61AA the Court considers the age if the child, the degree of physical force used and whether the wound caused is of a temporary nature. However, the use of a physical object is never condoned under Australian law or the International Convention for the Protection of Children.
    if you have been charged with this type of offence no doubt JIRT and or Docs will become involved. 
    You must be vigorously defended. Otherwise not only could you face the full weight if the criminal law but your relationship with your family could be irretrievably damaged forever.
    We employ our knowledge, skill and experience to deal with this type of charge so we would seek that the Court would be satisfied that no risk of harm is posed to the child so that a client charged with Child Abuse may be restored to his partner and family without a criminal record.
    In certain circumstances a client might be bailed to treatment pursuant to section 11, Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. If the client complies with attending parenting courses and psychological treatment then in certain circumstances we would seek that when the matter returns to Court that the matter is then dealt with pursuant to section 10(1)(b) of the same Act so that the offence is proven without the Court proceeding to record a criminal conviction.

Click the following links to the following legislation:  61I.     Sexual assault 61J.    Aggravated sexual assault 61JA.   Aggravated sexual assault in company61K.    Assault with intent to have sexual intercourse 61L.    Indecent assault 61M.    Aggravated indecent assault 61N.    Act of indecency 61O.    Aggravated act of indecency 61P.    Attempt to commit offence under sections 61I-

  • Appeals to the District Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal
  • Breaches of parole, bail and Community Service Orders
  • Parole Applications
Traffic Law Charges
  • Drink Driving

click link below for the guideline judgment High Range Drinking Driving Guideline Judgement.htm

  • Drug Driving
  • Speeding
  • Drive Whilst Disqualified
  • Drive Whilst Suspended
  • Habitual Traffic Offender Declarations
  • Drive Manner Menacing
  • Drug Driving Manslaughter
  • Radar Detected Charges
  • Dangerous Driving
  • Licence Appeals
  • RTA Appeals
  • Truck Driver Matters

Regina v Jirisic 1998.htm is the case setting out a Guideline judgment for this offence

  • Negligent Driving 

Court Appearances
NSW Local Court
  • Mentions
  • Adjournments
  • Bail Applications
  • Sentences
  • Section 32 Applications
  • Annulment of Convictions
  • Sentences
  • Reply to Brief
  • Committal Hearings
  • Sentences
  • Defended Hearings
  • Appeal to the NSW District Court
  • Agency appearances
NSW District Court
  • Call-Overs
  • Jury Trials
  • Arraignments
  • Sentences
  • Appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal
  • Appeals from the NSW Local Court
  • Crown Appeals
  • Agency appearances
NSW Supreme Court 
  • Call-Overs
  • Arraignments
  • Jury Trials
  • Sentences
  • Appeals from the NSW District Court
  • Crown Appeals
  • Agency Appearances
Associated Web Links


NSW Local Court


NSW Public Defender's Office




Supreme Court of New South Wales


NSW District Court


Criminal Law Survival Kit




Click this link to Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) CRIMES ACT 1900.htm

A few of our Results


District Court Trials


In 2007 we went to trial at Parramatta District Court in relation to charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company with Deprive Liberty, S61JA Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)  Aggravated sexual assault in Company.htm and Sexual Intercourse without Consent; s61J Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) Aggravated sexual assault in Company.htm Our client was aquited in both back to back District Court trials.


District Court Appeals


In July 2012 our client who received a 12 month full-time jail sentence at the Downing Centre Local Court on a plea of guilty appealed to the NSW District Court at Sydney. The first instance sentence was overturned and in its stead a s12 suspended sentence for 12 months. The charges were serious being Assault with Act of Indecency and Indecent Assault. In all the circumstances a good result.



In March 2014 we acted for a client who came to Australia as a refugee. He was a member of an ethnic minority persecuted by the Taliban. Our client fled Pakistan fearing for his life.


Our client was at liberty in the community up until November 2014. 

After being charged with reckless wounding in relation to stabbing his flatmate with a pair of scissors during a drunken argument our client's liberty in the Australian community was therefore revoked as the offending conduct breached the terms of his temporary visa and he was held in custody at Villawood Migration and Detention Centre.

After entering a plea of guilty to this offence our client appeared in sentence in the New South Wales Local Court when he was sentenced to a fixed term of full-time imprisonment for a period of four months.

We appealed to the NSW District Court on severity in July 2014 against the advice of our colleagues.

We submitted that it would be unjust for the Court not to consider the time that our client had spent in custody pursuant to the principle of proportionality and that the Court had the discretion to consider the time spent in custody as quasi custody and extra judicial punishment.




The Court agreed and backdated our client's sentence to 1 March so that our client 'a sentence expired one day prior to the District Court appeal on 3 July 2014.

Our client's custodial sentence was therefore spent and he was released to the Custody of Australian Migration.



Noli Presequi (No Bill Applications)


A No Bill Application is a Latin legal phrase meaning "be unwilling to pursue", a phrase amounting to "do not prosecute". It is a phrase used in many common law criminal prosecution contexts to describe a prosecutor's decision to voluntarily discontinue criminal charges either before trial or before a verdict is rendered. It contrasts with an involuntary dismissal. In 2007 two clients in unrelated matters have charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault s61J Crimes Act 1900 (NSW0 withdrawn and dismissed after making written submissions to the Department of Public Prosecutions


Local Court Defended Hearings


On 27 August 2012 David appeared in a defended criminal hearing at Penrith Local Court in relation to police charges of Stalk, Intimidate with Intent to Cause Fear and an Application for an Apprehended (Domestic) Vilence Order. After a three (3) hour hearing in which a number of police officers were cross examined in relation to their evidence the Court held that the charge could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and the chrage was withdrawn and dismissed together with the AVO.


In  May 2012 our client was charged with Common Assault and Stalk and Intimidate with Intent to Cause Fear. As this was a domestic matter there was also an application for an AVO.


Another client appealed to the District Court from the Local Court in relation to numerous criminal charges including malicious property damage, 3x Contravene AVO, Common Assault and Drive Manner Menacing.


We made an application pursuant to section 32 Mental Health (Forensic Procedures) Act 1990 under which if the Court finds that the accused person suffers from mental condition and is satisfied that a treatment plan is in place to prevent the person re-offending the accused person is not dealt with at law but is discharged on the condition that he follows the treatment plan set down.


The first client's application to be dealt with under s32 was wholly successful.

The second client's appeal was upheld. The first instance sentence of a s12 suspended jail sentence was interfered with by the District Court and the matter was dealt with under section 32 by the presiding Judge in relation to the charge of malicious property damage. However the appeal was dismissed in respect to the remaining charges and the sentence of 100 hours Community Service confirmed.


In July 2012 the charges against our client, a 20 year old girl charged by the police with drug trafficking and being involved in a criminal activity were withdrawn by the police and dismissed by the Kogorah Local Court. Incidentally, the two co-accused pleaded guilty and received suspended jail sentences. We stuck to our guns and the result speaks for itself.



If you want to be defended by a talented and able defence lawyer don't settle for less. Make sure that you contact Sydney Criminal and Family Lawyers. Insist on the best and do not accept the legal advice of inexperienced lawyers who do not sit on the NSW Legal Aid Serious and General Criminal Law Panels.

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