Melbourne Criminal Lawyers

Dribbin & Brown’s criminal law offices in Melbourne, Ringwood, Dandenong, Frankston,  Geelong and Moorabbin have highly experienced and competent criminal and traffic lawyers ready to assist you.

We are a criminal law firm that cares about giving its clients the absolute best representation. David Dribbin and Michael Brown started the firm with this simple motto in mind and it has since been instilled in every criminal and traffic solicitor who works at our various offices around Melbourne.

Much of the work that comes through our doors is via referrals from past clients, reflecting our commitment to obtaining the very best outcomes for our clients every time.

Our team of defence lawyers and criminal solicitors have been involved in a wide range of cases from drink driving matters in the Magistrates’ Court through to murder trials in the Supreme Court of Victoria. They understand that the key to any victory is preparation and clear and concise client communication.

As criminal defence lawyers we are routinely engaged to defend clients charged with sex offences, dishonesty offences, murder, other matters involving violence, drug offences, firearms offences, infringement matters and all types of driving offences. For a full list of the  offences that we handle, please see the drop down bar under the heading “What We Do” at the top of this page or click on the heading links in the following text.

 

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If you engage Dribbin & Brown we can guarantee the following:

  • We will achieve the very best outcome open to you in your case
  • We will provide fast and efficient communication
  • We will provide you with an accurate cost assessment up front. We understand how important it is to be clear about the associated cost of our representation
  • We have extensive experience at all levels – Magistrates Court, County Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and we are a specialist criminal and traffic law firm
  • We are aware of new changes to the law and the latest Court of Appeal decisions due to the extensive training provided to all lawyers that work at Dribbin & Brown

For more information about the types of matters we handle, look to the top menu “What We Do” or continue down the page and click on the information relevant to you.

Appeals

Dribbin & Brown criminal lawyers represent clients at all levels on appeal, from a judicial registrar’s decision to the Magistrates Court, from a decision of the Magistrates’ Court to the County Court, from the County Court to the Court of Appeal and in certain circumstances  to the Supreme Court on judicial review. Learn more about appeal cases we handle.

Do you want to appeal your case?

We are experts in the field of appeals. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Assault offences

The law in relation to violence and assault offences is constantly changing. Offences range from  intentionally causing serious injury, assault causing injury to on-duty emergency workers, through to one-punch warriors who assault someone, cause their death and face 10 years imprisonment as a mandatory minimum. The law in relation to assaults and violence is constantly in flux. There are avenues that allow these mandatory sentences to be navigated but as always, it requires experience, consideration of all the materials and solid strategic thinking to achieve the right outcome. Check here to see the various matters we have handled relating to violent offending.

Have you been charged with an assault offence?

We are experts in the field of assault. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Bail Applications

If you have a loved one or a friend locked up by police because bail has been denied, you should call our office as we can help. We have a 24-hour phone line available to provide advice to you. We work very closely with barristers that are available at short notice to appear in a remand / bail application hearing. For more information on bail and the services we provide please check here.

Does a person close to you need bail?

We are experts in the field of bail applications. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Drug Offences

Dribbin & Brown have been involved in all types of drug cases, from charges involving low  level trafficking through to cases involving large commercial quantities. We have acted for Chinese nationals in relation to large quantity importations utilising cargo ships, we have represented people involved in large syndicates, and we have also routinely represented the street trafficker who is only dealing to support their own habit. Every case is different and involves a detailed consideration of the evidence. Most evidence in relation to drug trafficking is circumstantial, and this is why attention to detail and experience counts. If you have been charged with drug trafficking call our office today.

Have you been charged with a drug offence?

We are experts in the field of drug offences. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Drink Driving

Pleading guilty to drink driving charges can have serious ramifications. You can lose your licence, lose your liberty, lose your clean record, lose your car and then suffer all the other things that happen because of the above. We have represented thousands of defendants in relation to drink driving. With this type of offending, the law is complicated, the Magistrates are generally very difficult  and the prosecution unhelpful. For these reasons it is important that you engage competent representation. Click on “more information” to the right to view case studies and read a comprehensive article in relation to all aspects of sentencing in respect of drink driving offences.

Have you been charged with a drink driving offence?

We are experts in the field of drink driving offences. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Driving Whilst Suspended

Driving whilst suspended and driving whilst disqualified are very common charges, but make no mistake, they are taken very serious by the Magistrates’ Court. There is a great deal of discretion left to Magistrates when dealing with these types of charges, so it is very important that you engage lawyers who understand the court system and understand the law in this area. If you have been charged with either of these charges you should engage a lawyer with experience who knows how to persuade a Magistrate to exercise discretion in your favour. Dribbin & Brown has represented countless clients in relation to these charges. We can help. Go here or here for more information.

Have you been charged with driving whilst suspended?

We are experts in the field of driving offences. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Family Violence, IVO, AVO

Family violence is taken very seriously by police, politicians and the Magistracy in general. Matters move extremely quickly, and the chips are stacked against you from the very start. Often within a couple of days of an incident occurring, you will have been provided a court date and either summonsed or put on bail to appear. There is never much time in relation to these types of matters, so you need to engage lawyers quickly that understand the system and can assist you in obtaining the best outcome. Dribbin and Brown have acted for respondents, applicants and defendants in relation to family violence breaches and assaults. If you have been charged or have an intervention order matter listed at Court, call our office to make an appointment, so we can assist you in devising the best strategy for your case.

Facing court in relation to an Intervention Order application or breach?

We are experts in the field of family violence. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Fraud and Dishonesty Offences

Dribbin & Brown handle theft, fraud, armed robbery and burglary matters. We have handled matters as small as a shop theft and as large as a 50 million dollar fraud involving the Commonwealth Bank. Whichever the case, a criminal record for theft can be catastrophic. If you have been charged with fraud, theft or any other dishonesty offence, call our office today to make an appointment with one of our lawyers or read on for more information .

Are you facing fraud charges?

We are experts in the field of fraud. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Royal Commissions

Dribbin & Brown has been involved in a number of Royal Commissions. Go here to see some of the matters we have handled. It is not unusual for one of our partners to be in another state representing clients at a Royal Commission. If you have been summonsed or asked to participate in a Royal Commission, please read our information page and then make an appointment to see someone from our office to consider how to proceed.

Have you been summonsed to appear at a Royal Commission?

We are experts in the field of Royal Commissions. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Sheriff & Infringement Warrants

Dribbin & Brown’s lawyers have appeared in thousands of sheriff & infringement warrant cases, including both appeal against revocation application refusals and section 160 discharge applications. The law has changed in relation to how much a Magistrate can discharge in these types of matters so now, more than ever, it is important to obtain competent representation so you can have your unpaid fines reduced as much as possible. For more information on your rights in relation to sheriff and infringement warrants click on ‘More Info’ to the right.

Do you have unpaid fines? Is the sheriff knocking on your door?

We are experts in the field of sheriff and infringement warrants. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Sexual Offences

Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers handle a large volume of sex offence cases. Sexual offending is treated very differently to other types of offending by the Magistrates, Judges and the Legislature. There are special rules and processes when you are charged with sex offences, and the courts will often move these types of offences very quickly through the court system. There are also special rules of evidence that apply which, in some circumstances, impact on whether or not the accuser can be cross-examined in the preliminary hearings. Many lawyers are not aware of these special processes. It is vital with all offences – but especially in relation to sex offending – that you engage specialist lawyers who are experienced in handling this type of work. For more information in relation to sex offence jury trials click here,  or go to ‘More Info’ on the right to read more about the court processes that apply in relation to sexual offence charges.

Have you been charged with a sex offence?

We are experts in the field of sex offences. We only practice in criminal law, so call us today to discuss your case or send us an email and one of our experienced criminal lawyers will get back to you today.

Not sure if we can assist you? 

If your matter relates to crime or a driving offence then chances are we can help. Our lawyers have decades of experience behind them. It is this specific knowledge of processes, procedures and legal technicalities that allows Dribbin & Brown to put your case forward with confidence and assuredness, to achieve the best outcome in your case. For more detailed information in relation to our Traffic Lawyers Melbourne page click here.

If you have an upcoming court appearance or just need some legal advice, call our trusted law firm and let one of our criminal defence lawyers help you today.

Why Dribbin & Brown Criminal Defence Lawyers?

  • We are a specialist team of lawyers who only practise in criminal and traffic law
  • We are accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as criminal law specialists
  • Our criminal lawyers have a combined experience of 40 years behind them
  • We know the Courts. We know how they work and the people who run them. We regularly appear at all Courts in Melbourne – Supreme, County, Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts
  • Our criminal defence lawyers attend Court every day of the week
  • We run 10 – 20 jury trials per year. Many law firms don’t run any. Don’t be afraid to ask your lawyer how many jury trials they have run
  • We get results! You can thumb through our case studies to see the kind of outcomes we achieve at Court. Every case study recorded on our site is a real outcome achieved at Court by one of our lawyers.
  • Come in and have chat or call now to speak to one our lawyers. You will be glad that you did.

 

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Do not ask any firm to act on your behalf in relation to a criminal or traffic law offence unless they specialise in criminal or traffic law.