What are the fees involved?
Unlike most large law firms, which carry significant overheads, we are a boutique law practice that deal directly with you. Assuming your matter is prosecuted in the Local Court (and depending on whether you intend to defend the charges) our local court fees range between $1500.00 – $3000.00. The advantage of our firm is we will not charge you per hour and have you unpleasantly surprised at the end of your matter. We will provide you with a flat fee so that you can be confident as to where you stand, regardless of how long we spend in court for you on the day. In addition, our fees are the same regardless of what solicitor represents you, which is reflected in our best practice ethos. The Principal Solicitor will always have a handle on your matter, ensuring consistency and quality in your legal representation.
If you have been charged with a serious criminal offence (otherwise known as an indictable offence), prosecuted in the District Court, then our lawyers handle this too without the need or expense of hiring a barrister for you. We charge a flat fee of $5000.00 for District Court sentences regardless of the offence you have been charged with. Our lawyers appear regularly in the District Court for sentence and repeatedly obtain excellent results.
In the event that you intend to plead not guilty and have a jury trial, depending on the complexity of the matter and the barrister we instruct for you, our fees can range anywhere between $10,000.00 – $100,000.00. Obviously the length of the trial, the type of offence for which you have been charged with and the Barrister we instruct, will bear a significant impact on the fees involved and this is why we can not provide a more accurate fee structure for you.
Our appeals to the District Court will not exceed $3000.00, and appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal are charged on a case-by-case basis. Due to the varying degrees of complexity, and the fact that we will always engage a Barrister to run these types of appeals unfortunately we are unable to provide an estimate in respect of appeals to the Supreme Court.