What to look for in a criminal defence solicitor 

If you are accused of a crime, you have many legal options in Australia. A competent criminal defence solicitor can help ensure that you make the right decisions moving forward.

You may wonder what makes a criminal defence solicitor truly competent and capable of representing you in court proceedings.Here are a few characteristics to be mindful of when selecting a solicitor. Doing your due diligence in this regard is pivotal to a successful outcome.

Experience
Of all the traits that a criminal defence solicitor should ideally have, experience may top them all in terms of importance. Solicitors who draw from experience have been in a variety of situations that may be relevant to your situation. Because of this, they're capable of providing recommendations based on what they've seen after many years practising law inside and outside the courtroom.

The team of criminal defence solicitors at Russo Lawyers are steeped in experience. We have five expert lawyers and have been practising for over 30 years. If you live in Brisbane or were charged with an offence that occurred there, Russo Lawyers has the team of dedicated criminal defence solicitors that will fight for you in court. 

Thorough understanding
While experience is undoubtedly important, it's hardly the only thing that is critical to the characteristics of a criminal defence solicitor. They must also have a rich understanding of the laws in place in Australia. Since 1899, when Queensland first passed the Criminal Code, numerous laws have been passed, signed into law and amended. Your defence team must not only know the history of these laws but how they apply to you.

We have an encyclopaedic comprehension of criminal law in Australia at Russo Lawyers and specialise in a wide variety of specific areas:

  • Assault and Violence Offences
  • Commonwealth Offences
  • Drug Offences
  • Fraud and Dishonesty Offences
  • Property Offences
  • Tax Offences
  • Weapons Act Offences 

The Weapons Act of 1990 has received numerous amendments over the years. We're aware of every last one of them, and can provide you with the context you need to straighten out issues related to such things as improper licencing, certification, private ownership or distribution.

Solid and consistent track record
When a legal team is highly experienced and knows the law inside and out, success typically follows. This isn't always the case, though, as criminal defence solicitors are ultimately measured not by what they know but by how many cases they've won. While we cannot guarantee a judge or jury decision that ends in your favour, we stop at nothing to ensure that all your legal options are fully exhausted.

Transparent fee structure
Honesty is so important to the client-solicitor relationship, and a great way to gauge a criminal defence solicitor's openness is what it costs to recruit their services. Whether it's a retainer fee, consultation fee or how they're paid – by the hour, upfront, etc. – you should never be left in the dark as to how your solicitors are compensated.

Transparency is a core principle at Russo Lawyers. We lay out exactly what it costs to be represented by us so you're not hit with any surprises later on. If there are any fees you're unclear about, we will be happy to explain or elaborate on them further.

Highly responsive
A lot can happen between when you're charged and when you go to court. You want a criminal defence solicitor who will keep you apprised of the very latest so you never have to guess about where things stand. Law firms, like courtrooms, are busy, so how quickly you're updated may be short of your expectations.

Not with Russo Lawyers. We prioritise responsiveness and aim to treat every one of our clients as if they're our only one. We promise to keep you in the loop on developments as they happen and will stay in touch with you on an ongoing basis by your preferred method.

These are just a few of the traits that make for a capable criminal defence firm;  Russo Lawyers practices them all – and more. Contact us today for quality representation you can count on.

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