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Criminal Lawyer Preston

Facing criminal charges? May Lawyers are a leading Melbourne defence firm that provide expert legal advice and representation for a wide variety of offences.

With over a decade as a practicing solicitor, I am one of the few lawyers recognised by the Law Institute of Victoria as an Accredited Specialist in criminal law. This intricate knowledge of Victorian law includes a specific focus on traffic and drug related offences.

Regardless of the alleged charges, I will fight to ensure that you receive a fair and just outcome. I will simplify complicated criminal law and relay your available options in a straightforward manner.

If you need quick access to a criminal lawyer in Preston, May Lawyers offer 24/7 advice with no obligation.

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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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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.

A Qualified and Respected Traffic Offence Lawyer for Preston Clients

If you find yourself in need of a traffic offence lawyer near Preston, May Lawyers are always in your corner.

Starting with an initial obligation-free consultation, I will assess the situation and break down your available options in straightforward terms. From drunk driving to dangerous driving, and driving without a license, I am well-equipped to handle all common traffic charges in the Greater Melbourne area.

Regardless of the alleged incident or circumstances, I fight for all clients to receive a fair hearing in the appropriate setting. My personalised services also ensure that you receive the necessary attention and the chance to share your side of the story.

For emergency 24/7 assistance and the advice of a seasoned traffic offence lawyer, don’t hesitate to reach out on 03 9642 2137 today.

Get Expert Assistance From a Leading Drug Offence Lawyer in Preston

Have you been charged with a drug offence? May Lawyers can provide 24/7 consultation and subsequent legal representation.

With over a decade as a practicing solicitor, I have an intricate understanding of Victorian drug laws and the inner workings of the legal system. Over this period, I have represented clients for a wide variety of minor and major drug offences.

It is vital that you contact us for legal advice as soon as the charges first arise. To arrange a consultation with a seasoned drug offence lawyer, Preston clients can call 03 9642 2137.

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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...

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