How To Find The Best Criminal Lawyer In Perth For YOU!

When you meet your criminal lawyer for the first time, you should have a good first impression of them. After all, you need to feel comfortable telling them some very personal details about yourself and need to have trust in them to do their best work for you. 

To make the most of your initial consultation with your criminal lawyer, you should bring the paperwork you received from the police, which ordinarily includes documents such as:

  1. Statement of Material Facts;
  2. Prosecution Notice;
  3. Bail forms or Prosecution Summons or Court Hearing Notice; and
  4. Criminal record.

If possible, you should send this to your criminal lawyer ahead of time, to make the most of the time in your initial consultation.

Your criminal lawyer should discuss the charge(s) with you, hearing your side of the story, and provide you with advice as to your available options. Your criminal lawyer should explain things to you in a simple and easy to understand way.

To determine whether your criminal lawyer is the best criminal lawyer for you, you can ask them several questions, such as:

  1. Does your criminal law firm practice solely in criminal law?
  2. How long have you been practicing in criminal law?
  3. What courts do you appear in?
  4. Have you dealt with a matter like mine before?
  5. Do you have any good barristers you can recommend for my case?
  6. How much will my matter cost?
  7. Are you easily contactable?

The answers to each of the above questions are:

  1. Yes, Chambers Legal practices solely in criminal law. We are criminal defence lawyers, meaning we represent accused persons and do not work for any prosecuting agencies. Because we practice solely in criminal law, we have been able to hone our skills in this area
  2. The lawyers at Chambers Legal have been practicing criminal defence in Perth for over six years each, with previous experience as law clerks and practical legal trainees prior to becoming lawyers. We do not currently employ any junior or restricted practitioners. 
  3. We appear in all courts, such as the Magistrates Court, District Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal. We can appear both in the Perth Metropolitan area, anywhere from Joondalup to Mandurah, as well as outside of the Perth Metropolitan area, such as Broome, South Hedland, Karratha, and Busselton. For these courts, we can appear via telephone link, or we can drive or fly out there, depending on what you prefer, what is most cost effective for you, and what the court appearance is for.
  4. We deal with a variety of Western Australian and Commonwealth charges each week. There is a very strong chance that we have dealt with a matter like yours before, as we have dealt with thousands of matters over the years. We find that the most common charges we deal with are sex charges, drug charges, assault charges, and burglary, stealing and fraud charges. If you have an unusual or obscure charge, then we can still assist you.
  5. Yes, we have many good and very experienced barristers, including Queens Counsel and Senior Counsel who we can call on to assist on your case if necessary. We ordinarily brief a barrister and work closely with them for your trial or appeal matters. As we work with them on a regular basis, their fees are often very reasonable and within our estimate or fixed fee.
  6. We will be able to provide you with either an estimate or fixed fee for your legal costs, which can cover your matter as a whole, or each part of your matter, depending on what is appropriate in your particular matter. There are no hidden fees, and we are open and transparent about our fees in our Retainer and Cost Agreement. We are happy to answer any questions or clarifications you may have.
  7. Yes, we are easily contactable. As we are a small firm, it is easy to get in contact with us. The best way to reach us is by email, either directly to your lawyer, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., which will reach all of the criminal lawyers. You will notice that we send a lot of emails after hours and on the weekend – this is because we are always working on your matters, as they are our priority. We always return calls if we miss them and you leave us a voicemail. Our phone number is (08) 9500 8915. We often take calls outside of normal office hours to assist clients with advice whilst they are at a police station, or if the police are at their house with a search warrant.

If your lawyer ticks all of the above boxes for you, then you will have found yourself the best criminal lawyer in Perth for YOU.

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