Sydney Criminal Lawyers® is located across the road from Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court.
Our firm represents clients in the Downing Centre every day and our lawyers are highly respected by the magistrates, judges and prosecutors in this busy courthouse.
We have an in-depth knowledge of the Downing Centre and a proven track record of obtaining outstanding results – many of which are published on this website (see recent cases).
Our top defence team has developed techniques over many years to achieve outstanding results in the Downing Centre – from drink driving, assault and drug cases to extremely complex District Court trials.
We guarantee that only Senior Criminal Lawyers will represent you in the Downing Centre Local Court and we offer ‘fixed fees’ for a range of cases, including:
The types of criminal cases heard in Downing Centre Local Court include:
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Our client is a 26 year medical science student, with a part time job dropping-off medical supplies to various locations.
He has a wife and young child.
He was detected by police driving at a speed greater than 45 km/h, being 162km/h in an 80km/h zone (ie 82km/h over the speed limit).
Police pulled him over and issued him with a police suspension notice for a period of 6 months.
Despite having a number of other driving offences on his record, our client was adamant that he wished to appeal the suspension.
We assisted him to prepare a range of materials, including character references and a letter of apology – which outlined his need for a licence for work and family commitments, including taking his elderly parents to medical appointments.
The test to lift or vary an immediate police suspension is onerous, requiring the demonstration of ‘exceptional circumstances’.
However, after making extensive verbal submissions to the presiding magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court, Her Honour saw fit to reduce the suspension from 6 months to 1 month – which was backdated to the time of the suspension.
This meant he could immediately reapply for his licence and meet his personal and employment obligations.
Our client is a 20 year old teaching student who was charged with ‘making a false representation resulting in a police investigation’. She made a complaint of sexual assault against her short term partner, who was many years her senior.
After her initial complaint to police, she indicated that she did not want to attend court because she did not want to face the trauma of reliving the incident.
When she refused to give a further statement clarifying various matters, police formed the view that she was lying and charged her with making a false complaint.
The case ultimately proceeded to a defended hearing in Downing Centre Local Court, where our lawyers were able to establish that police had failed to adequately investigate her initial complaint – failing to follow up leads or to gather any forensic or other evidence from the incident scene. They further failed to make sufficient inquiries into her alleged false complaint.
The Magistrate remarked that there was insufficient evidence against our client and found her not guilty.
We then made an application for costs against police. His Honour found that the investigation was conducted in an unreasonable and improper manner, awarding full legal costs in our client’s favour.
Our client is a 26-year-old member of the Australia Defence Force.
He was charged with 5 offences of possessing explosives and prohibited weapons.
He was suspended without pay from the Defence Force pending the outcome of the charges.
Once he contacted our firm, we immediately commenced negotiations which resulted in police withdrawing 3 of the charges.
We negotiated significant amendments to the police ‘fact sheet’ which more accurately reflected the circumstances of the offending. Our client then entered a plea of guilty to the remaining 2 charges.
In Downing Centre Local Court, we presented information about the circumstances leading up to the offending conduct, our client’s personal circumstances and the effect that a criminal conviction would have upon him.
We also called his father to give oral evidence on our client’s behalf.
Recognising the very serious nature of the charges - including the fact that one of the offences carries a maximum penalty of 14-years imprisonment - we made extensive and detailed oral submissions seeking leniency from the Magistrate.
His Honour was ultimately persuaded to grant our client a 12-month good behaviour bond under section 10 – which means he avoids a criminal conviction altogether.
He hopes to recommence his position and move forward with his life.
Our client is a 34 year old school teacher in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs.
On a Sunday, he was playing a social game of basketball when he took exception to being heavily fouled by an opponent. He approached the opponent and elbowed him to the right side of the face, causing him to collapse face-first to the ground and remain unconscious for several minutes.
An ambulance arrived and the opponent was rushed to hospital suffering from a severe concussion, heavy swelling and bruising to the face and head, and several broken teeth.
Our client described his response as a ‘brain explosion’. He was immediately remorseful and undertook counselling at our direction. He also gathered character references.
Our defence team negotiated several amendments to the ‘full facts’ and obtained a detailed counselling report. Our client then entered a plea of guilty.
After lengthy submissions in Downing Centre Court, the magistrate was persuaded to grant a ‘section 10 bond’ – which means our client avoids a criminal record and can continue with his career.
The Magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court allowed our 34 year old client from Mosman to avoid a conviction and a licence disqualification despite the fact that he was an ‘L plater’ and registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.07.
The charge arose when our client decided to drive home after having some drinks on a Friday night. He was stopped by police for a random breath test and blew a low range reading.
He had a learner licence at the time, but no ‘L’ plates were displayed.
Our lawyers assisted him with character references and a letter of apology to the court.
He also completed the Traffic Offender Program.
These materials were presented to the court on our client’s sentencing date, and lengthy submissions were made which ultimately persuaded the Magistrate to grant him a 12 month good behaviour bond under ‘section 10’, which means that he avoids a criminal record and licence disqualification.
This is despite this offence carrying an automatic disqualification period of 6 months.
Our client is a 43 year old chiropractor living in an apartment block in Sydney.
It was alleged that on a Sunday morning, two of his neighbours heard loud music coming from the building’s parking lot and went down to investigate.
They saw our client cleaning his car and asked him to turn his music down. An argument then occurred during which, it was alleged, our client kicked his female neighbour to the chest causing her to fall to the ground and punched his male neighbour to the face several times, also causing him to fall.
Paramedics were called and the neighbours were said to be suffering from bruising, cuts, abrasions and severe pain.
Police then attended and charged our client with ‘Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm’ and ‘Common Assault’. They also applied for an Apprehended Violence Order against him.
Our client was adamant that he did not strike the female at all and that he acted in self-defence in relation to the male.
Our lawyers obtained CCTV footage which showed parts of the incident, and did not show our client striking the female.
The case went to a full-day defended hearing in Downing Centre Local Court where our legal team persuaded the Magistrate that:
(a) there was insufficient evidence to establish that our client struck the female, and
(b) there was a reasonable possibility that our client acted in self-defence in respect of the male.
Accordingly, our client was found ‘not guilty’ and all charges and the AVO against him were dismissed.
Our client is a 48 year old architect from Surry Hills, Sydney.
His home adjoins that of his neighbour, the complainant. The two have been engaged in an ongoing dispute regarding various issues, including noise.
Just after 3pm on a Tuesday, our client was moving his two wheelie bins when the the neighbour exited her front door and complained about the noise it made.
The disagreement quickly escalated into an argument, and our client allegedly threatened the complainant and pushed one of the bins hard into her thigh, causing pain.
Police were called and our client was charged with assault after statements were taken from the complainant and an independent observer, who supported the complainant's version of events.
Police also made an application for an Apprehended Violence Order ('AVO').
The case went all the way to a defended hearing in Downing Centre Local Court.
The independent witness gave testimony in court supporting the complainant's version of events.
However, through careful preparation and skilful cross-examination, we were able to systematically discredit both the complainant and the independent witness on the stand.
The Presiding Magistrate ultimately found our client 'not guilty' of all charges and also dismissed the AVO that was brought against him.
It is yet another example that cases can certainly be won even if there is an 'independent witness' that backs-up the complainant's story.
The Harbourlife Music Festival on 8th November 2014 led to a large number of arrests for drug possession.
On 5th December, our Senior Lawyers each represented 3 clients who pleaded guilty to drug possession in Downing Centre Local Court.
Our clients were from a range of economic, cultural and employment backgrounds – including students, retail worker, tradespersons and professionals in upper management.
ALL of our clients escaped criminal records after our lawyers persuaded the Magistrate to grant them ‘section 10s’ – which means guilty but no criminal conviction.
They are free to get on with their lives without the complications of a criminal record.
Our client is a 51 year old man who owns a terrace style house in Surry Hills.
His neighbour (the 'protected person') is a 52 year female owner of a converted warehouse residence that has been under renovations for some years.
Police applied for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) on behalf of the 'protected person' after she made numerous complaints including that: our client was constantly harassing and staring at her, yelled abuse at her, damaged one of her walls, dumped asbestos in her rear lane, repeatedly parked in her lane just outside her window etc.
Our legal team made it clear to police early-on in the case that those complaints had no evidentiary basis and were clearly frivolous and vexatious.
Police nevertheless went-ahead with the case and it eventually reached a defended hearing in Downing Centre Local Court.
During the hearing, our lawyers severely discredited the 'protected person' on the witness stand and made it abundantly clear that the AVO should never have been applied for in the first place.
The Magistrate dismissed the AVO and handed down a judgement that was extremely critical of police.
We then made an application for the officer in charge to pay our client's legal costs.
In NSW, section 99 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act severely restricts a defendant's ability to win costs against police in AVO cases.
Despite this, Her Honour ordered that the officer must pay all of our client's legal costs.
Our client is now considering pursuing additional avenues of complaint and compensation against both his neighbour and the police officer.
Our 26 year old client was charged with supplying 2.4 grams of cocaine, and a 'backup' charge of drug possession, after police located drugs and drug paraphernalia including electronic scales and resealable bags in a kitchen cupboard at his one-bedroom unit in Paddington.
Our client was the sole lessee of the unit, although his girlfriend also lived there and friends also attended for social gatherings.
The prosecution case failed because they could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that our client 'exclusively possessed' the drugs, to the exclusion of all others.
In drug cases, police must prove 'exclusive possession'- in other words, police must exclude any reasonable possibility that the drugs belonged to someone else.
In this case, our lawyers ensured that ample evidence came before the court that the drugs could have belonged to our client's partner or any one of a number of people who recently attended the unit.
The Magistrate in Downing Centre Local Court therefore found our client 'not guilty' and dismissed both of the charges.
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