Practice Area Overview:
Being suspected of or charged with a criminal offence is stressful. Ensuring that you obtain the advice from an expert criminal lawyer is the first step in reducing the possible impact on your life, your livelihood and your family. Pace & Associates Lawyers prides itself on being Gippsland’s premier private criminal law firm with a commitment to providing the highest quality legal service available.
Criminal cases can be heard as summary hearings or indictable trials. Summary offences are heard before the Magistrates’ Court. Once instructed, our office will obtain your charge sheets, the prosecution brief and advise on the best course of action. How your case then progresses will subject to whether you plead guilty or not guilty. Serious indictable offences commence in the Magistrates’ Court and then proceed to the County or Supreme Courts, either before a jury as a criminal trial, if you plead not guilty, or before a single judge as a plea of guilty.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence or requested by Victoria Police to attend for an interview, contact Pace & Associates Lawyers for high quality advice and representation.
*Please note that we do not offer legal aid.
Traffic and Driving matters encompass a wide range of criminal offences. Whether you’ve been caught drink driving, driving on a suspended or disqualified licence, or been charged with careless or dangerous driving, Pace & Associates Lawyers can help.
Pace & Associates Lawyers represents individuals charged with drug offences across the spectrum ranging from low level possession and use of drugs of dependence to trafficking of large commercial quantities of prohibited drugs.
Pace & Associates Lawyers can provide you with expert advice and representation in relation to all types of firearms offences, including making Application for to be deemed a non-prohibited person
Pace & Associates Lawyers can provide you with expert advice early, even if police are not yet involved. Not only are harsh penalties imposed for these types of offences, but persons found guilty may be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Matters relating to family violence are viewed particularly dimly by the court and often harsh penalties are imposed, even for first time offenders depending on how their case is put before the court. Our expert team have extensive expertise in defending individuals who have been charged with serious family violence offences.
Whilst Family Violence and Personal Safety Intervention Orders are civil orders, breaching either of them is a serious criminal charge and carries a maximum of up to two years imprisonment. Contact Pace & Associates Lawyers to obtain expert advice and representation as early as possible.
If you or someone close to you has been remanded in custody or if there is an application for the revocation of bail, Pace & Associates Lawyers can provide you with expert advice and representation.
In our experience, most convictions are secured during a record of interview as suspects are nervous, very stressed and find it difficult to relay their version of events. Pace & Associates Lawyers can provide you with advice on what you should expect if interviewed by police, as well as what you need to do to prepare.