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Criminal Lawyers - Newcastle & Central Coast

Looking for a local Criminal Lawyer in NSW?

Our team of Criminal Lawyers can assist you with matters related to all types of Criminal Law, and we're ready to help you. We regularly appear before most Criminal Courts across NSW (in and around Newcastle and Central Coast) and have a deep understanding of all Criminal Law matters.

We've been defending the people of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast and the Hunter region since 1969 and have helped our clients achieve better outcomes in thousands of criminal cases.

We are used to dealing with the Police, and know all the 'ins and outs' of the Courts and Justice system. Scroll down below for more information or give Matt Carney a call right now on 1800 994 279.

  1. Why choose our Criminal Law Team?
  2. What Criminal Law matters can we help with?
  3. How can we help you?
  4. What courts in NSW do we appear before?
  5. What is involved in going to court?
  6. Which court will I have to go to?
  7. Where is Newcastle Local Court?
  8. Our Team
  9. Criminal Law Articles

Matthew Carney - Criminal Lawyer

Know Your Rights in NSW 2016

Why choose our Criminal Law Team?

If you wish to defend charges, we will work with you to ensure you understand the evidence necessary to successfully defend the charges...

If you wish to plead guilty to charges, we will ensure your version of events is made known to the Judge as well as any information you want the Judge to take into account when imposing a penalty - eg, your need to have a licence for work; your need to work, details of your previous good character... including tendering any character references.

We understand your Criminal Law matter will have different facts and circumstances to any other Criminal Law matter...we will make sure we understand your circumstances.

We will make sure you are made aware of your options. We will explain your options in Plain English so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed... and we will keep you informed of progress.

We will also provide options to you to help you manage your cash flow so you are properly represented before the Judge. We are able to set up direct debits from your credit card or savings account so that your representation fees are paid in advance. You can then relax knowing we will be at Court looking after your interests.

Which type of Criminal Law matter can we help with?

Common Crime Matters

1. Drink Driving Offences 2. Making a False Statement / Perjury
3. Traffic Offences 4. Penalty Notices
5. Larceny / Stealing 6. Break and Enter Offences
7. Drug Offences 8. Murder and Manslaughter
9. Assault 10. Hinder an Investigation
11. Affray and Public Violence 12. Damage to Property
13. AVOs 14. Computer Offences / Cybercrime
15. Stalking and Intimidation 16. Firearm Offences
17. Centrelink Fraud 18. Drug Driving Offences
19. Extortion and Blackmail  

Corporate Crime Matters

1. Fraud / Cyber Fraud 2. Bribery
3. Insider Trading 4. Money Laundering
5. Identity Crime 6. Tax Fraud
7. Environmental Offences 8. Bankruptcy Charges

Sexual Offence Matters

1. Sexual Assault 2. Act of Indecency
3. Indecent Assault 4. Sexual Servitude
5. Child Prostitution 6. Child Abuse Material
7. Sexual Intercourse with a Child 8. Obscene Exposure
9. Voyeurism 10. Incest
11. Bigamy 12. Bestiality
13. Misconduct with a Corpse  

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How can we help you?

Criminal Law in NSW Help

1. Initial Consultation Call (ICC)

We can arrange for you to have a 20 minute scheduled initial consultation with one of our Criminal Lawyers so you can get some direction on how to best deal with your situation.

During the consultation you'll be able to explain your circumstances, and discuss the merit of any defence you may have and how your criminal law matter will likely proceed - including time frames.

2. Go to Court

Go to CourtWe can represent you when your criminal law matter goes to Court. We'll explain everything in 'Plain English' so you can make informed decisions about how you'd like proceed. We'll keep you informed of your matter's progress, every step of the way. The costs associated with going to Court will depend on the individual circumstances of your matter. Call our Criminal Team to discuss this in more detail: 1800 994 279

Alternatively, if you would prefer to represent yourself in Court and would like some advice on the most effective way to do this, given your individual circumstances, we will arrange a 30 minute scheduled consultation with one of our experienced Criminal Lawyers to discuss the best strategy for you to adopt once the matter goes to Court.

What courts in NSW do we appear before?

Belmont Local Court Cessnock Local Court
Dungog Local Court East Maitland Local Court
Forster Local Court Gloucester Local Court
Gosford Local Court Kurri Kurri Local Court
Maitland Local Court Muswellbrook Local Court
Newcastle Local Court Raymond Terrace Local Court
Scone Local Court Singleton Local Court
Taree Local Court Toronto Local Court
Wyong Local Court  


What is involved in going to Court?

If you are going to court and would like to understand what's involved in the process download this document.

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Which court will I have to go to?

The majority of offences are heard in the Local Court of NSW.  More serious, or indictable, offences are matters that will be heard in the District or Supreme Court of NSW, usually by way of jury trial. To learn more about Indictable Proceedings, and which court you will be required to proceed before, download this document.

Newcastle Local Court Location on Map - Turnbull Hill Lawyers

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Where is Newcastle Local Court?

Newcastle Local Court is located near the Police Station and Hospital in the heart of the CBD.

Address: The Corner of Church and Bolton Streets, Newcastle, NSW

For specific directions please contact a member of our Criminal Law team.


Criminal Law - Related Articles

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  3. P2 license holders can no longer use mobile phones under any circumstances while driving
  4. The laws relating to AVOs will change on 3 December 2016
  5. Alcohol Related Offences and Penalties: Important Information For The Holiday Season
  6. Cyber harassment, cyber stalking and cyber bullying: the offences and penalties
  7. Know Your Rights in NSW
  8. What is a section 32 application?
  9. What is self-defence?
  10. Drivers must give bicycle riders at least a metre of space
  11. Does going to prison reduce the risk of reoffending when compared to offenders who receive a suspended sentence?
  12. Photo ID and Increased Penalties for Cyclists (2016)
  13. It is now illegal to smoke electronic cigarettes whilst children are in the car
  14. Drinking & Driving During the Holidays: Risks & Reminders
  15. Drug Offences: The difference between small, traffickable and indictable quantities
  16. The Use of Blood Tests in Drink Driving (PCA) Offences
  17. Have New South Wales criminal courts become more lenient in the past 20 years?
  18. Can the police deregister and confiscate your car? What does the law say?
  19. What is a habitual traffic offender declaration and can it be overturned
  20. An Australian security guard escapes gaol time by blaming his stalking behaviour on Bollywood
  21. Revenge Porn - The Law in NSW
  22. Increased Traffic Offence Penalties Commencing 1 February 2015
  23. New Alcohol Interlock Laws Commencing 1 February 2015
  24. Drink Driving in NSW - Everything you need to know!
  25. Applying for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)
  26. Spent Convictions and an Individual's Criminal History
  27. License Suspension Appeals to the Local Court
  28. Character References: Everything You Need to Know
  29. Police Powers to Search You, Your Car or Your Home
  30. Carrying Bicycles & Motor Vehicles
  31. Lane Filtering Legalised for Motorcyclists From 1 July 2014
  32. Proposed New Laws Relating to Alcohol Related Violence
  33. Driving Under the Influence of Illicit Drugs (DUI)
  34. Jury Duty - A Guide for Potential Jurors
  35. 16 criminal offences that you may not be aware of in NSW
  36. Do I need a lawyer? Statistics suggest they will more than double your chances of success
  37. Important Changes to Your Rights in Criminal Law Matters (2013)
  38. Rego labels are no longer required in NSW
  39. When are you actually "driving" a motor vehicle?
  40. Changes to the NSW Road Rules & Traffic Laws (2012)
  41. Have you been named as a defendant in an application for an AVO?
  42. When can a police officer in NSW search you?
  43. Will you still have a 'Right to Silence'?
  44. Can You Be Found Guilty With No Conviction Recorded?
  45. Traffic Law - Common Offences & Penalties
  46. Do the police have a right to search my home?
  47. Traffic Laws in NSW: 3 Strikes & You're Off the Road!
  48. Interlock drive licence for PCA and DUI offenders


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