Choosing a lawyer in Victoria
Choosing a lawyer to represent you is the most important decision you will make if you have been charged. Use a firm of barristers and solicitors that specialise in defending criminal charges and are experienced criminal lawyers who have appeared in all Victorian Courts.
- You want an expert lawyer.
The Law Institute of Victoria accredits experienced criminal lawyers. We have the most specialists of any Melbourne criminal law firm. To become an accredited specialist, we passed exams (both written and practical). The lawyer you choose needs to understand your legal problems.
- Ask for referrals.
When choosing a lawyer you should consider actual experience of relatives and friends who have already had dealings with a criminal defence lawyer. Ask us about the result of cases we have handled previously.
- Go to the AustLII database.
Check to see if a firm of criminal defence lawyers has appeared in many reported cases.
- Still need more resources?
The web is a great place to do your research especially when filtering information depending on specialisations, geographical locations, etc. Of course, not everything you will find on the web is a good choice. You need to filter the many criminal lawyers you will find on legal directories, law firm listings, etc. based on their qualifications. Check out their websites, profiles, and finally contact them for an initial appointment.
Doogue + George Criminal Defence Lawyers
The principals of the firm Bill Doogue and Andrew George are accredited experienced criminal law specialists, as are Josh Taaffe, Shaun Pascoe, Kristina Kothrakis, Sophie Parsons and Dr Michael FitzGerald.
When choosing criminal lawyers remember Doogue + George is the only firm in Victoria with seven LIV accredited criminal law specialists.
It is our aim to provide you with specialist advice and clear, honest communication at all times. We ensure that we will:
- Promptly return your calls
- Clearly review your case with you
- Explain the Court process to you
- Answer any questions you might have
- Discuss your options
- Plan your defence
- Help you get the best possible outcome