Criminal Lawyers Melbourne CBD
Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers, Criminal Law Experts
Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers is Victoria’s most trusted and experienced criminal law firm. Located in the Melbourne CBD, we are a firm of specialist criminal lawyers.
We are located in the heart of the CBD, where our expert criminal defence lawyers work, handling matters exclusively relating to criminal law, traffic law and intervention orders. We are accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as being specialists in these areas.
At Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers, we understand that hiring a criminal law firm may seem complicated and that being accused of committing a crime is an enormously stressful and confronting experience. Consequently, choosing an experienced and dependable criminal law firm is essential to ensure your rights are protected. That is why there is only one choice if you have been charged with a crime. Contact us today.
Criminal Lawyers in Melbourne
Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers in Melbourne are the preeminent, leading criminal law firm in Victoria. With over 18 criminal solicitors and multiple criminal law specialists, we have won hundreds of jury trials and contested hearings on behalf of our clients.
Why Dribbin & Brown are the Best Criminal Lawyers in Melbourne
- We win jury trials;
- We win contested hearings, and we win contested intervention order hearings;
- We care about our clients and always do our best for them;
- With 8 offices around Victoria and over 300 glowing reviews firm-wide, our commitment to achieving the best outcomes for our clients cannot be questioned;
- We specialise in criminal law;
- We are accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as specialists in the field;
- We are experienced, with a combined firm-wide experience of over 100 years;
- We have offices at all of the local courts in Victoria and attend those local courts every day. We deal with the prosecutors, the court staff, the magistrates and judges that sit at these courts daily and subsequently know how to get the best outcome for you;
- We have run hundreds of jury trials and contested hearings, and we know how to win cases;
- We get results!!! Our case studies and reviews are all real.
Criminal defence lawyers who care
David Dribbin and Michael Brown are the principal lawyers and partners at Dribbin & Brown’s criminal law firm in Melbourne. Together, they started the firm and have represented clients in criminal law, traffic law and intervention order cases for decades.
They have both previously worked for some of the most significant criminal law firms in Victoria and have represented clients in a wide range of criminal cases. These range from licensing applications at the local Magistrates’ Court to murder trials in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Their ethos of superior client care is instilled in every one of our lawyers at Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers, meaning that every client that comes through the door gets the very best representation every time.
At Dribbin & Brown, we understand that to be a target of Victorian or Commonwealth police prosecution and to be thrust into the criminal justice system can be an earth-shattering experience for regular, everyday Australians.
There is no doubt that sometimes police can go over the top, and prosecutors can be overzealous in their approach to their duties. This can be incredibly stressful for our clients.
That is why it is essential to be proactive and engage the best criminal lawyers in the state. Engaging criminal lawyers who are combative and prepared to push to achieve the very best outcome for you at court is essential to achieving the right outcome in your case.
Intervention Order and Domestic Violence Lawyers
Our lawyers in Melbourne have years of experience representing clients concerning intervention orders as applicants and respondents. Each year, we handle hundreds of matters relating to family violence intervention orders and personal safety intervention orders.
If your matter relates to family violence, domestic violence or stalking, we can help you. Contact us today if you would like to initiate an intervention order application. We can also represent you if you have an order in place and you cannot get the police to charge the breaching party for contravening the intervention order.
We also routinely represent people who are facing charges for intervention order breaches. If you have been served with papers to attend court as a respondent to an intervention order application, call our office and allow one of our intervention order lawyers to assist you today.
If you ignore a court date and an order is put in place in your absence, it is challenging to have a decision reversed. You may also become susceptible to abuse by the other party (respondent) concerning any alleged intervention order breaches. Many clients would benefit from having defended the original intervention order rather than the multitude of criminal charges that may arise due to alleged breaches of an intervention order.
Dribbin & Brown are Criminal Law and Traffic Law Specialists
Unlike the majority of the larger generalist law firms, when clients engage our services, they can be guaranteed that their matter will be taken care of by a lawyer specialising in criminal or traffic law. As specialist driving offence lawyers, we handle drink driving, drug driving and all manner of traffic and driving-related matters. We routinely deal with driving offences in the Magistrates’ Courts and Superior Courts.
The state of Victoria takes driving offences seriously. Traffic offences include a wide range of violations, from minor infringements and summary offences to serious offences such as culpable driving or dangerous driving causing death or serious injury, which result in severe penalties and likely imprisonment if found guilty. There are other offences that although are not considered specifically traffic offences, are often used to capture serious offences related to driving, such as reckless conduct endangering life or causing serious injury and negligently causing serious injury.
When facing a driving offence charge, seeking professional legal representation is crucial to ensure that all aspects of your case are considered and that penalties are avoided or minimised. If you are found guilty of a driving offence, consequences can include interlock conditions, losing your license, severe financial penalties, or imprisonment in serious cases.
If you want the best chance to keep your driver’s licence, engage lawyers specialising in driving offences. It is critical to engage a competent and experienced traffic lawyer who can advise you, represent you in court and provide the expertise necessary for a successful defence and not guilty verdict or, if found guilty, to minimise the penalties you may face.
Our traffic offence lawyers are criminal law experts who comprehensively understand the various traffic laws and can provide expert guidance and representation for all traffic-related offences. No matter how serious the charges against you, we know how to achieve the best outcome for you.
Criminal Justice Attorney vs Criminal Lawyer vs Criminal Solicitor: What is the difference?
In America, to be a Criminal Justice Attorney, also known as a criminal lawyer, you must pass the American bar exam. In Australia, there are two types of criminal legal practitioners: criminal lawyers (also known as criminal solicitors) and criminal barristers. In America, there is only one type of legal practitioner, being a criminal justice attorney (known more colloquially as a criminal lawyer). There are no barristers, and there are no solicitors in America. There are just criminal justice attorneys or criminal lawyers.
To become a criminal barrister in Australia, you first have to become a criminal lawyer. To become a criminal lawyer, you must complete a Bachelor of Laws at a recognised university and then complete the relevant practical legal training to become admitted to practice criminal law. From there, if you want to become a criminal barrister in Victoria, you have to pass a further exam called the Australian Bar Entrance Exam.
In Australia, once you complete your practical legal training, this is where the real training begins. Nothing can make up for experience in the field. At Dribbin & Brown Criminal Lawyers, we are a criminal law firm that practices exclusively in criminal law, traffic law and intervention order matters. Our lawyers are all tried and tested and attend court every day. We are criminal law specialists!
Should I brief a criminal barrister for my matter? The short answer to this question is, if you are at a contested hearing or a jury trial, then absolutely. But be warned, all barristers are not made equal and who you brief matters. We brief only the best criminal barristers in Victoria to appear in the County and Supreme Courts. However, that is only after we have appeared for all the preliminary hearings and prepared the matter. It is important to remember that there is a time and a place to brief counsel; if you are trying to resolve something at the local court and to get the very best outcome, then you are best to engage a criminal solicitor who appears at that court regularly. In these circumstances, a criminal solicitor will be much better placed to get the job done.
Criminal Law Firms in Melbourne
We manage an after-hours legal advice phone service. As a top-tier criminal law firm, we have multiple criminal law offices located in Dandenong, Frankston, Moorabbin, Ringwood, Werribee, Geelong and Ballarat, as well as in the Melbourne CBD. Follow the links if one of these locations is more convenient for you.
If you have been charged, are concerned you might be charged or want some general advice in relation to criminal law, traffic law or an intervention order matter, the importance of working with a specialist criminal law firm cannot be overstated. Professional representation is often the difference between being found guilty or not guilty and achieving an optimal outcome.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. One of our experienced criminal defence lawyers in Melbourne will gladly help you.