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When you face losing your license, your reputation or even your liberty you need someone you can trust in your corner.
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Accredited Criminal Law Specialist
Will May, Principal

A graduate of the University of Western Australia, I bring a decade of experience in the criminal law. I am one of the few recognised by the Law Institute of Victoria as an Accredited Specialist in that field.

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With years of experience, we have the legal expertise, compassion and dedication needed to get you the result you want.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are few more stressful things in life than being charged with an offence.

Police want to speak to me about an alleged crime, what do I do?

Speak to a criminal lawyer. They can give you advice on your rights prior to a police interview. Depending on how serious the charge is they may need to start arranging a bail application.

Police don't keep to business hours and neither do I. If you've been arrested contact me for advice.

How long will my case take?

That depends. A criminal trial can take 18 months - 2 years to reach after you're charged. A Magistrates' Court case might be from a few months to a year depending on whether you're pleading guilty or fighting the charges.

Do I need a lawyer if I'm just pleading guilty?

No, in the same way you don't need an electrician to wire a fuse box. There's nothing stopping you giving it a go, but you may not like the results...

Courts have a range of sentencing options and the only way to achieve the best outcome for you is to hire a competent criminal lawyer.

A lawyer may also be able to advise you of a defence, or help you avoid a criminal record through diversion.

A family member/loved one is in custody, can you help?

Yes. I can arrange a visit or video-conference with them free of charge to discuss their case.

I've just been charged, what happens next?

Police have to provide you or your lawyer with what's called a brief of evidence. This is a document containing a description of the allegations against you, witness statements and photographs.

You are presumed innocent and police must prove your guilt. Whether they can prove it depends on what's in the brief.

After reading the brief a lawyer can explain the evidence against you and whether you have a defence. They can also advise you of likely sentences if you're found guilty.

I've been to court and I'm unhappy with the outcome, can I appeal?

Yes. If you've been sentenced or found guilty in the Magistrates' Court you have an automatic right to appeal the decision to a Judge of the County Court. The Judge has the power rehear the case and find you not guilty, or substitute the sentence for a lesser one if they see fit.

If your case was heard originally in the County Court then you must apply for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal. This is a much more complex process.

Appeals in both cases require rigorous preparation and legal knowledge, you must have a lawyer. Your appeal must be lodged within 28 days of the sentence, if this applies to you contact me now.


Criminal Law Firm Melbourne

Compassion and professionalism

There are few more stressful things in life than being charged with an offence. When you face losing your license, your reputation or even your liberty you need someone you can trust in your corner. You need a specialist criminal defence lawyer.

Clients from right across Melbourne know to turn to May Lawyers.

I have many years of experience as a leading criminal defence lawyer and have provided comprehensive and proven legal services and representation to countless people over that time.

Clients can turn to me for obligation free legal advice, and I’ll work to ensure they receive the representation and support they need and deserve.

For qualified services and assistance from a sought-after criminal law firm in Melbourne, make sure you contact May Lawyers.

A Leading and Respected Criminal Defence Lawyer in Melbourne

I can offer you expertise, understanding and a proven track record of results. I practice only in criminal and traffic law and have spent years developing and refining my practices to ensure I can offer only the best and most uncompromising legal services to my clients.

I know your case matters to you, so it matters to me. Your case will only be handled by myself and trusted barristers. You will never be passed off to a junior lawyer or must go through a receptionist to get hold of me. It is this kind of direct, transparent, and straightforward service that clients simply will not find at a larger law firm.

I believe you should not have to choose between justice and putting food on the table. My rates are competitive and negotiable with no hidden fees. I am happy to offer Legal Aid if you qualify.

I also provide services as a solicitor advocate, representing clients who are appearing in court for bail applications, appeals, pleas of guilty, or to contest the confiscation of property.

So, when it comes to securing qualified and in-demand services from a skilled criminal defence lawyer, Melbourne clients know to contact May Lawyers.

Proud to be Recognised as One of the Best Criminal Defence Lawyers in Melbourne

No matter what the nature of the charges may be, I am committed to providing each of my valued clients with the standard of support, assistance, and legal guidance they need, when they need it.

I know just how confusing and stressful entering into a legal proceeding can be for those with little to no experience of the system. That is why I work closely with all clients, describing the standing of their case to them as clearly and simply as possible and helping to remove some of the uncertainty they may be feeling. I also make sure they are aware of any and all legal options and avenues open to them as their case progresses.

I am one of the few solicitors working today that is recognised as an Accredited Specialist in criminal law with the Law Institute of Victoria, and work tirelessly to maintain my reputation as one of the best criminal lawyers in and around Melbourne.

For uncompromising legal services available 24/7, do not hesitate to call May Lawyers.

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I am extremely happy with the result of my case that Will achieved for me. His expert approach avoided the criminal record against my name which was a huge relief and any penalties. I feel stress free after a long time thanks again to Will...

B. R.

I can't thank Will enough for everything that he has done for our family with the recent criminal matter he represented us for, we got the results due to his expert handling. Once again, many thanks Will...

J. T.
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