Our partner Peter McLeod has over 34 years experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer in Melbourne Victoria. Peter has represented clients charged with Murder, Rape, Sexual Offences, Armed Robbery, Theft, Fraud, serious Assaults, Blackmail & many other serious crimes heard in the Supreme Court, the County Court and the Magistrates Courts.
FIXED FEE SPECIAL OFFER
We understand that legal costs can cause a lot of additional stress for clients who are already in a very stressful situation when faced with criminal charges. In an effort to address this, and to provide certainty to clients about how much their case will cost them, we have a special offer to represent clients charged with certain types of offences which are to be heard at certain Courts for a fixed price all inclusive fee of $990.00 including GST. This special offer applies to the following types of cases only:
- the offer is available for all types of criminal charges heard in the Magistrates Court of Victoria, no matter how serious;
- only for plea hearings where the client is pleading “Guilty” to the charge/s;
- only for cases at Melbourne Magistrates Court, Broadmeadows Magistrates Court or Sunshine Magistrates Court. Fixed fees may be available for other Magistrates Courts but the amounts vary depending on the location of the Court; feel free to phone or email us for a quote on fixed fee appearances at other Magistrates Courts in Victoria ;
- the fixed fee covers one initial conference in the office with one of our lawyers (maximum duration 45 minutes), all telephone or email communications, all necessary letters and one appearance by a lawyer at one of the above Courts to conduct a Summary Case Conference with a Police Prosecutor to try negotiate on the charges and to appear before a Magistrate for the Guilty plea hearing of the agreed charge/s in an effort to minimise the penalty imposed by the Court.
- for us to accept instructions to act for the client under the terms of this special offer the client must decide by the end of the first no obligation conference with us whether they wish us to act for them and, if so, make full payment of the fixed fee, which is held by us in our Solicitors Trust Account for the client until we have provided the special offer services described above. If the fixed fee is not paid by the end of the first meeting we are under no obligation to act for or represent the client nor to attend Court for them. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, direct credit bank transfer, debit card or major credit card. Payments by personal cheque or credit card are not considered made unless and until they have cleared.
- the fixed fee offer does not include any third party “out of pocket” expenses such as doctor’s or psychologist’s report preparation fees – these are the responsibility of the client to pay direct to the report provider.
- If additional attendances at Court by a lawyer are required after the first Court date (such as, for example, if the matter is adjourned to a Contest Mention or to enable the Defence to obtain character references or medical reports before the plea hearing proceeds) then an additional fixed fee of $660.00 including GST for each subsequent Court hearing is payable.
- the Special Offer does not apply if an Accused wishes to plead “Not Guilty” and the matter proceeds to a fully contested hearing at Court. The legal costs for these types of cases is generally higher than the above rates (due to the extra work and time involved) and would need to be quoted on an individual “case by case” basis”.
To make an appointment to see Peter for a no obligation initial conference under our special fixed fee offer please call on (03) 9306 4000.
We handle all areas of Victorian criminal law and Federal criminal law, including:
- Traffic and vehicle offences – exceed the prescribed content of alcohol (drink driving), speeding, “hoon” offences, dangerous or careless driving, drive while disqualified or suspended, drive without a licence, all other driving offences.
- Crimes against people – including common assault, recklessly or intentionally causing injury and breach of intervention orders
- Cruelty to animals.
- Theft – including theft from retail premises, receiving or handling the proceeds of crime and obtaining financial advantage by deception.
- Drug offences – possession, cultivation or dealing in illicit drugs
- Public Order offences – disorderly conduct, riot and affray, liquor and tobacco offences, offensive language or behaviour.
- Fraud offences – obtaining financial advantage by deception (fraud), forgery of documents, false declarations & dishonest conversion of property.
- Property damage – criminal damage to property, vandalism, graffiti and arson.
- Dangerous or negligent acts endangering persons – reckless endangerment, driving at a speed dangerous or in a manner dangerous
- Prohibited weapons – misuse, unlawfully obtain or possess a prohibited weapon or explosive
- Threatening words or behaviour – threatening to injure or kill another person, stalking etc.
- Sexual assault – rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, committing an indecent act.
- Homicide – murder, attempted murder, manslaughter.
Worried about the likely penalty? Ready to get some common sense legal advice? Contact us to talk to Peter McLeod, a Victorian criminal lawyer.