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If you have been charged with a drug offence, rest assured that the experienced drug defence team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers® will provide you with the most comprehensively informed advice and most effective, results-focused representation in the Australian legal profession.

Drug cases are our area of greatest specialisation, and our profession-leading defence team has produced exceptional results for thousands of clients charged with all types drug offences; from possessing a few pills at a music festival to some of Australia’s largest ever drug importation, manufacture and supply cases.

So, if you’re after formidable legal representatives with an unparalleled track record of producing outstanding results in drug cases, call us 24/7 on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange a free first consultation.

How to Choose a Drug Lawyer

There are several factors to look for when choosing the best drug lawyer and law firm for your case.

Firstly, the law firm must specialise in criminal defence, rather than spread themselves across several areas.

This is because drug law is an extremely complex and ever-growing field of practise, and the law firm you choose must be fully abreast of the laws, practices and procedures that apply and have the time and focus to remain up-to-date with changes.

Secondly, the law firm must be well-established and its lawyers vastly experienced in independently representing clients both in and outside of court for drug offences, rather than having to consult other specialist lawyers (such as our law firm or barristers) for advice and courtroom advocacy.

Thirdly, the firm must have a long and proven track record of achieving outstanding outcomes for clients, especially when it comes to serious drug cases.

Fourthly, the firm must have a long and proven track record of high quality client service, which can often be ascertained from reviews left by previous clients.

Fifthly, it is important that the firm and its drug lawyers have been recognised through awards and accreditation, such as being judged as a leading firm and crucially through recognition by the Law Society of New South Wales as Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law.

Affordability and transparency in costs is also important.

Being accused of a drug offence can impact on your mental health, family, career, reputation, finances and even potentially your liberty, so it is vital to take the time to ensure the lawyers you engage are sufficiently specialised and experienced to produce the optimal outcome in your case.

The Best Drug Lawyers

Sydney Criminal Lawyer® is a long established specialist criminal defence law firm which has been recognised as the Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year in Australia by a number of reputable awards programs for several years running.

The Sydney Criminal Lawyers®  drug defence team is led by our principal, Mr Ugur Nedim, who has 25 years of experience in criminal defence with a heavy focus on serious and complex drug cases.

Mr Nedim has been certified by the Law Society of New South Wales as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist since 2005, and has won many of Australia’s largest and most complex drug cases, including the nation’s biggest ever heroin importation trial – where all three of our clients were found not guilty, while the remaining three co-accused, represented by other criminal law firms, were found guilty.

Each of the senior lawyers in our drug defence team has many years of experience exclusively in criminal defence, and includes the highly-respected and sought-after Senior Associates James Clements (admitted in 2004), Fahim Khan, Kent Park, Vinny Vijay, Mariecar Capili and Patrick O’Sullivan.

Our team works together to consistently produce exceptional results for our clients, including:

  • Achieving bail for clients accused of extremely serious drug offences,
  • Having drug charges withdrawn at an early stage of the proceedings due to deficiencies, inconsistencies and defects in the prosecution case, or the availability of legal defences,
  • Having cases dismissed in court through legal arguments and/or after the evidence is heard, and
  • Where our clients wish to plead guilty – having charges downgraded and/or getting the ‘facts’ amended so the case is less serious, before persuading magistrates and judges not to impose criminal records on our clients.

Our track record of positive client reviews is more extensive than any other law firm in Australia, we have 10 office locations in Sydney and across New South Wales and we offer a free first appointment for those who are going to court, as well as fixed fees for many cases and services.

How an Experienced Drug Lawyer Will Assist

If you are going to court for a drug charge, an experienced drug lawyer will assist by:

  • Evaluating the prosecution case,
  • Obtaining your account of the events,
  • Explaining the law and how it applies to your situation,
  • Explaining your options and advising you on the best way forward, and
  • Formulating and implementing an effective defence strategy.

For more information about how a specialist drug lawyer can help you achieve the optimal outcome in your case, read our drug lawyers page here.

Call Us Now

So whether you are going to court over a few pills at a party or music event, or charged with commercial drug importation, large commercial drug supply, cultivation, manufacture or production, call us 24/7 on (02) 9261 8881 to get the best drug defence team behind you.

Click on the links below for information about drug offences, defences and penalties.

Types of Drug Offences

Drug Offence Resources

Drug Offence Penalties

Defences to Drug Charges

Why Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

Going to court can be nerve-racking, but having a strong and compassionate legal team behind you can make the experience significantly easier to deal with.

Here are 12 reasons to choose our multi-award winning legal team:

  1. Proven Track Record of Exceptional Results

    Sydney Criminal Lawyers® consistently achieves outcomes which are in the highest percentile of the Judicial Commission’s sentencing statistics for criminal cases.

    Our legal team devises effective case-strategies and fights hard to have cases dropped entirely or charges downgraded – saving clients the time, expense and stress of a defended hearing or jury trial.

    Where cases nevertheless proceed, our lawyers have an outstanding track record of winning defended Local Court hearings, and complex jury trials in the District and Supreme Courts.

    We also consistently win appeals in the District and Supreme Courts (including the NSWCCA) after clients have received unsatisfactory results with other law firms in the lower courts.We are one of the few firms to achieve successful criminal law appeals in the High Court of Australia.

    Where our clients wish to plead guilty, we frequently achieve ‘dismissals’ and ‘non convictions’ in cases where other lawyers have advised there is no chance of doing so.

  2. Highest Level of Client Satisfaction

    We have the best and most comprehensive client review record of any law firm in Australia.

    Regular communication, accessibility and quality service are our team’s highest priorities.

    We are committed to thoroughly explaining all steps involved in the criminal law process, providing regular updates throughout the proceedings, and making ourselves accessible and responsive.

    We are passionate about providing an exceptional level of service to our clients, and we fight hard to achieve optimal results in the shortest period of time.

  3. Australia’s Most Awarded Criminal Law Firm

    We have received more awards and accolades than any other criminal law firm in Australia. Our team has been awarded “Criminal Defence Firm of the Year in Australia” in a number of prestigious and competitive awards programs for several years running.

    The awards recognise our exceptional track record of results, our outstanding client service, the high level of satisfaction we achieve, the affordability of our services and our overall excellence.

  4. Fixed Fees

    We want our clients to know exactly how much their cases will cost from the very start. That’s why we were the first criminal law firm in Australia to publish ‘fixed fees’, back in 2004.

    We offer fixed fees for most types of criminal cases and services.Our fixed fees apply to a range of Local Court cases such as drink driving, drug possession, fraud, common assault and AVOs, and also specific services such as prison visits, bail applications, appeals and defended hearings.

    Unlike many other law firms, our fixed fees are published on our website – which ensures transparency and certainty.

  5. Free First Appointment

    For those who are going to court, we offer a free first conference of up to an hour with one of our Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers.

    We also offer a free first conference to those who have received an unsatisfactory result after being represented in court by another law firm, or after representing themselves, and wish to appeal.

  6. Specialist Lawyer Guarantee

    We guarantee that only lawyers with substantial criminal defence experience will work on your case and appear for you in court.

    This ensures our clients receive the highest quality representation from an experienced, specialist criminal lawyer.

  7. All NSW Courts

    From Bombala to Broken Hill, our lawyers appear in courts throughout New South Wales – and across Australia for Commonwealth cases.

    And we offer fixed fees for most criminal and traffic law cases throughout the state.

  8. Accredited Specialists

    Our entire firm is exclusively dedicated to criminal law – which makes us true specialists.

    All of our lawyers have years of experience representing clients in criminal cases, and our principal has been certified by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist since 2005.

    An ‘Accredited Specialist’ is a lawyer who has practised for at least 5 years in a particular field of law (such as criminal law), has passed a rigorous assessment process conducted by the Law Society of NSW, and has been selected by the Specialist Accreditation Committee of the Law Society as an expert in the field.

    Accredited Specialists are required to undertake more training each year than other lawyers and must be successful in having their accreditation renewed every year. Specialist Accreditation is the mark of a true specialist.

    Our firm’s specialist experience ensures you receive the best possible result, whatever your criminal law case may be.

  9. Results-Focused Law Firm

    Our team is passionate about achieving results, and unlike many other law firms, our lawyers do not have monthly financial ‘budgets’ to meet.

    The absence of budgets means our lawyers are entirely focused on achieving optimal results in the shortest space of time; whether by getting charges dropped or downgraded at an early stage or having cases ‘thrown out of court’.

    Not having budgets also means our lawyers are not under pressure to engage in unscrupulous practices such as unnecessarily adjourning cases or ‘overcharging’ clients – which, sadly, is a common complaint against many other lawyers and law firms.

    No budgets encourages regular consultation between lawyers within the firm – promoting an ‘open door’, team environment where lawyers bounce ideas off one another, formulate case strategy together and benefit from each other’s specialised experience, methods, techniques and insights.

    The result is a firm which delivers optimal outcomes in the shortest time periods, at the least expense and stress to our clients.

  10. Team of Lawyers Behind You

    Our clients benefit from the pool of knowledge that only an extensive team of experienced criminal defence lawyers can provide.

    Our lawyers regularly consult one another to stay ‘ahead of the pack’ in the ever-changing field of criminal law – constantly devising, refining and implementing specialised techniques which ensure our clients achieve the best possible outcomes.

    A team approach is particularly important when it comes to serious criminal cases such as murder, commercial drug cases, serious and sexual assaults, large-scale fraud, robbery and other ‘indictable’ cases.

    In such matters, clients reap the benefits of several lawyers devising and executing case strategies which maximise the chances of having cases dropped or downgraded at an early stage, or ‘thrown out of court’ – often saving clients a great deal of cost, time and anxiety.

  11. Familiar with Magistrates and Judges

    Each of our lawyers appears in court on a daily basis, and has done so for years. We have therefore been able to develop an understanding of, and rapport with, magistrates and judges in Sydney and indeed across the state.

    Our team’s extensive experience before the courts ensures your case is tailored to the specific nuances of individual judicial officers, maximising the likelihood of a favourable result.

  12. Convenience

    We have offices in locations across the Sydney Metropolitan Area and beyond, including:

    We offer free parking at our Sydney CBD offices, and all of our offices are close to train stations and bus terminals.

    For those who are unable to attend our offices, we offer conferences by telephone, Skye and FaceTime anywhere around the world.

    If you are going to court and wish to arrange a free first consultation, call our 24 hour hotline on (02) 9261 8881 or send us an email at info@sydneycriminallawyers.com.au.

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