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Charged with a criminal or traffic offence?

We are happy to assist in relation to all aspects of the criminal law such as:

  • Applying for legal aid;
  • Whether to participate in a record of interview or exercise the right to remain silent;
  • Advising clients held in custody;
  • Making a bail application;
  • The options available in relation to whether a guilty plea should be entered or the matter contested;
  • Whether an appeal should be lodged.

We provide a free first interview. You will be informed about the costs involved at that time. As a member firm of the Victoria Legal Aid Summary and Indictable Crime Panels, we shall also advise you about your eligibility to receive legal aid and assist you in completing a Legal Aid application.

Police prosecutions are extremely distressing for the person charged and their family members. Experienced, efficient, and cost effect representation will assist you through the ordeal.

Pat McComish has 25 years experience in indictable and summary criminal matters and 0.05 and traffic matters. He regularly appears as a solicitor advocate in both the County and Magistrate’s courts. Pat has established links with experienced barristers who are happy to provide advice and assistance.

If you are charged by the police act quickly as delay can be detrimental.

We are dedicated criminal defence solicitors who are available to provide initial advice.

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal
If you have been a victim of a crime we can help you to obtain financial assistance which you are entitled to through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). This includes expenses incurred as a direct result of the crime. We will guide you through the application process and should your claim require a court attendance we are happy to appear on your behalf.

We are also happy to appeal determinations from the Tribunal to VCAT should the merits of your claim exceed the amount entitled.

VOCAT is a scheme that grants financial assistance to victims of crime. These are people who have been a primary, secondary or related victim of a crime and have suffered an injury, either physical or psychological, however does not include property damage. This assistance includes reasonable counselling and medical expenses, safety and security, loss of earnings, funeral costs and other expenses to assist with recovery.

VOCAT may also grant ‘special financial assistance’ to primary victims for pain and suffering.

Reasonable legal costs in making an application are usually covered by VOCAT.