Criminal Lawyers Melbourne
At Ajak & Associates, we have developed a reputation for excellence in criminal law. Our criminal defence lawyers are experts in their field and are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients.
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About Ajak & Associates
Ajak & Associates are experienced lawyers who regularly appear in the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court and Children’s Court across metropolitan and regional Victoria. We also appear in the specialist courts within the Magistrates' Court, including Drug Court, ARC (the mental health court) and the Koori Court.
Our experienced criminal lawyers have the flexibility and capacity to provide representation in a broad range of criminal matters. Ajak & Associates is on the Victoria Legal Aid Panel for both summary and indictable crime, so all prospective clients are assessed by Victoria Legal Aid to see if they can get funding assistance from them.
If you're looking for a criminal lawyer in Melbourne contact us for a free consultation.
We can help with all criminal matters, including but not limited to:
- Youth & Adult Crime
- Bail Applications
- Offences Against The Person (Assaults)
- Sexual Offences
- Dishonesty & Property Offences
- Traffic & Driving Offences
- Drug Offences
- Firearms & Weapons Offences
- Commonwealth Offences
Our experienced criminal lawyers have the flexibility and capacity to provide representation in a broad range of criminal matters.
Cost-effective legal advice
If you are not eligible for funding from Victoria Legal Aid, you can engage us on a private fee basis, at cost effective rates. We provide fixed-fee legal advice to help you understand your options and your obligations.
We have extensive experience in criminal law and understand how charges are laid, which courts you will be up against, your prospects of defeating a charge, and what penalties you could face if found guilty. Our criminal defence lawyers are considered to be some of the best criminal lawyers in Melbourne.
Proven track record
As one of Melbourne's leading criminal law firms, we have successfully handled thousands of criminal offences over many years.
How much does a criminal lawyer cost in Australia?
There are no hidden costs with Ajak & Associates, meaning you know what your legal costs are upfront.
For summary matters, we charge $2200 plus GST for PREP and $1650 plus GST per appearance. Barristers fees and disbursements separate. So depending on whether the matter resolves or not, it can cost anything between $7k and $25K.
For indictable matters, we charge $4400 plus GST for preparation and $2200 plus GST per appearance in Magistrates’ Court. Barristers fees and disbursements separate. These matters end up in the County Court and Supreme Court.
Once there, further fees of $4400 plus GST for preparation and $2400 plus GST for an appearance. Barristers are separate and it can cost up to $100K or more, depending on how complex the matter is and the work involved.
You may be able to get help from Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) if you can't afford a lawyer for your criminal matter. VLA is the organisation that provides funding for legal representation to those who cannot afford it. To apply, you will need to complete the relevant criminal application form and make an appointment with one of our solicitor's to discuss your eligibility for this funding (see also below section).
Our lawyers are all experienced in handling matters where the client is assisted by VLA, including preparing documentation for funding applications, attending court on your behalf and ensuring that you understand what is happening throughout the process. We will liaise with your VLA about your funding and will stay in contact as necessary.
When are you eligible for a free lawyer in Australia?
In most cases, you cannot get a free lawyer in Australia. You will have to pay for a lawyer yourself unless you have been assessed as being eligible for funding from VLA. This means you can get a lawyer to represent you and the government will pay for it.
You may be eligible for legal aid if:
- you are a recipient of Centrelink benefits; or
- you earn less than $30,000 per annum as an individual or $60,000 as a couple with children;
one of the following situations applies to you:
- you have been charges with a summary offence but there is a risk that you will be sentenced to a term of imprisonment;
- you have been charged with an offence that is a serious indictable offence (which is an offence where the maximum penalty if found guilty is five years or more in prison);
- you have been charged with more than one minor charge and VLA thinks it's not economical for you to be represented by a private lawyer;
- you have been charged with a serious indictable offence while representing yourself in court;
- you are facing legal action for sexual abuse that occurred while you were working in a government school or government-run children's home.
You may be eligible for legal aid and exempt from providing proof of your financial means if:
- were under 18 years of age at the time of the alleged crime;
- are experiencing homelessness;
- are fleeing from or experiencing family violence;
- are in custody seeking assistance for a bail application;
- reside in a remote area;
- are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
- are in custody and have savings of $1,095 or less:
- if they are released from custody while they have a grant of aid, they will have to provide supporting documents, unless one of the other factors above apply, or
- are in custody and the matter is a summary case that will be heard within seven days:
- if they are released from custody while they have a grant of aid, they will have to provide supporting documents, unless one of the other factors above apply.
What is the difference between a lawyer and a criminal lawyer?
A lawyer is a person who is qualified to provide legal advice and representation. A criminal lawyer is an expert in the law of crime and represents people charged with crimes through the court process.
What does a criminal lawyer do in Australia?
A criminal lawyer will represent their client from the earliest possible opportunity in a criminal matter. For example, if you are remanded in custody, your lawyer will represent you in applying for bail to be released into the community, and then continue the case through all court appearances and negotiations with the prosecution. The goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for the client, which could be a charge being withdrawn or a penalty that is less severe than what was originally sought by the prosecution.
What qualifications do you need for criminal law?
Criminal lawyers must complete a four-year Bachelor degree in Law, plus a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. They need to pass the Victorian Legal Admissions Board's (VLAB) admission process before they can practice as a lawyer. Our firm is also an Accredited Specialist firm in the area of criminal law - this involves specialist training in the field of criminal law, as approved by the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).