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Leading Criminal Lawyers Melbourne. Expert Defence. Proven Results.

If you're facing criminal charges, choosing the right Criminal Lawyers to represent you is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make...

You need a criminal lawyer who is knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to fighting for your rights and your case.

Criminal and traffic law can be complicated and depending on the offence, you may be facing penalties from license suspension to imprisonment.

Not only is being charged with a crime stressful, but going to court adds to that stress, so you need a lawyer to guide and advise you every step of the way.

At Josh Smith Legal, our lawyers are ready to fight for you from beginning to end. To start, we offer a FREE, no commitment phone consult. We will discuss your situation and explain how we can best assist you, and it all starts with taking the first step - Call us now to get started.

Dedicated, Experienced Criminal Lawyers

Why Choose Josh Smith Legal?

We Fight For You

We are criminal defence lawyers. Many times, winning a case requires that your lawyer uses the full extent of the law to relentlessly fight for your rights, including going to court. We’re prepared to do that.

Experienced Lawyers

With many years of experience as criminal lawyers, we've taken on thousands of cases and have a successful track record defending our clients. Not only do we fight for you, but we achieve favourable outcomes.

No Hidden Fees

Here at Josh Smith Legal, we want everyone to get justice and not worry or stress about the financial aspect of their case. We strive to make our fees as clear and transparent as possible. No surprises.

Your Privacy

We understand that criminal law cases are personal and stressful - your reputation may be on the line. We do our best to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion throughout your case.


Not only do we care about your case, but we care about you. It can be easy to get frustrated, scared, and confused, especially if this is your first alleged offense. We're here to help you every step of the way.

We Win For You

No lawyer can guarantee a certain result for you, but we can guarantee that we’ll treat your legal case with 100% effort, passion and dedication, and that we will we will never give up fighting to get you the best possible result.

Facing Charges & Need Legal Advice?

We assist with all forms of criminal and traffic offences - call us today, we're happy to answer any questions you may have.

How Can Our Criminal Lawyers Help You?

Facing a legal challenge in Melbourne? We're here to help. At Josh Smith Legal, our team is made up of top-notch lawyers who know the courts and the law inside out. Reach out to us to request a free case evaluation, we'll listen to your side of the story, assess the details of your situation, and help you understand your rights and the potential paths forward. With a proven track record of achieving outstanding results for our clients, we're ready to fight for you.

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Melbourne's Top-Rated Criminal Lawyers, With Over 100 5-Star Reviews On Google

Facing criminal charges in Melbourne? We're here to help. Our experienced criminal lawyers have worked on thousands of cases over the years, ranging from simpler criminal offences like drink and drug driving all the way through to the most serious of criminal charges such as armed robbery, large-scale drug trafficking and murder.

Josh and his team also have extensive experience briefing some of the most highly regarded and recognised barristers and King’s Counsels in Australia, which has garnered an excellent reputation at the Victorian Bar as one of Melbourne's best instructing solicitors.

We don’t just see criminal cases, we see people in need of help. That's why we've accumulated over 100 five-star reviews on Google and grown into one of the most well-regarded criminal law firms in Melbourne. So if you're facing criminal charges, our team of expert criminal lawyers are only one phone call away and ready to help, support and guide you towards getting the best result we can for your case.

Facing Charges & Need Legal Advice?

We assist with all forms of criminal and traffic offences - call us today, we're happy to answer any questions you may have.

Criminal Lawyers In Melbourne, Defending Your Rights

Being accused of a crime may be one of the most stressful events you will ever experience in your lifetime. If you are reading this, it is likely that you or a loved one have been charged with a crime. You’ve been through a lot, but unfortunately, this is just the beginning. Being found guilty can lead to its own host of significant consequences.

Even if you are not sentenced to a jail term, a criminal conviction can have life-changing consequences, such as:

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of family and friends
  • Loss of immigration status
  • Loss of personal self-worth

As difficult as your situation may seem, remember that you are presumed innocent throughout this process and that you are doing the right thing by exploring your legal options. As a leading criminal law firm in Melbourne, we believe that everyone deserves the best defence and while we can't guarantee a certain result, we can guarantee you that we will put in 100% effort, dedication, passion and skill to your legal matter. We can also guarantee that we will act for you with genuine care and sensitivity and never give up fighting for you.

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Initial consultations are typically free. However, for more in-depth specific advice related to your case a fee may apply. For example, if you need assistance with an impending arrest or an ongoing interrogation. Regardless, the initial consultation will not require a fee and we will ensure we provide you some valuable help and insight prior to discussing the necessity of one.

Yes! Josh Smith Legal focuses exclusively on criminal defence and our lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience in criminal law. Our criminal lawyers have a wealth of experience in all aspects of criminal law, having handled thousands of cases in various courts throughout Melbourne and Victoria. We're committed to providing robust defence for your criminal case and advocacy tailored to your needs.

A number of factors may affect the length of time it takes to resolve your case, namely, the complexity of your case and your priorities. For example, if simply pleading guilty is advisable in your situation our criminal lawyers will let you know, and your case may be resolved very quickly. On the other hand, if you do not want to plead guilty and would like to proceed to trial, your case may require more time and resources to be resolved.

As a general rule of thumb, cases that go to trial take longer to conclude. Similarly, if you have a complex criminal case that requires a large amount of disclosure and several witnesses, there may be delays in resolving your case as it will take longer to prepare and organize the required materials.

The cost for a criminal lawyer depends upon the experience of the lawyer you retain and how complex your matter is. For example, the rates for a senior lawyer may differ from that of a junior associate.

Our legal fees are reasonable and we always try to accommodate our individual client’s budget. We hate when money gets in the way of a healthy lawyer-client relationship, and unlike a lot of law firms in Melbourne we are prepared to adjust our legal fees to suit a client’s situation. Our team are always happy to discuss your financial situation to try to reach a mutually beneficial arrangement.

No, you have the right to remain silent, ensuring you don’t inadvertently implicate yourself. Anything you say can be used against you in court. We always recommend seeking legal advice before speaking to the police or making any statements.

In a court of law, the fact that you refuse to give a statement cannot be used as an argument against you. In fact, you may be able to preserve your innocence better if you choose not to give a statement to the police because by remaining silent, you avoid the risk of accidentally implicating yourself in a crime. If the police ask you to give a statement it is advisable to contact us right away.

When you hire a criminal law firm it is important that you hire the best. Whether you are found guilty or receive a charge that will show up on your criminal record, a criminal record can have serious consequences that can affect your future employment, ability to travel, personal freedoms and your overall wellbeing.

To hire one of our lawyers, you can schedule a free consultation. This will give you the opportunity to determine whether we are the right fit at no expense to you.

A: While everyone has the right to self-representation, navigating the complexities of the criminal justice system without experienced lawyers on your side can be challenging and very risky. A criminal lawyer understands the nuances of criminal law, can strategize effectively, and will ensure your rights are defended throughout the proceedings. Given the potential long-term consequences of criminal convictions, it's typically advisable to have experienced representation. For more insights into what criminal lawyers do and how they can help you, feel free to read our article about what criminal lawyers do.

Our experienced criminal defence lawyers have successfully defended a wide range of charges including but not limited to:

Our criminal lawyers appear in court daily and have represented clients all over Victoria in all jurisdictions, including:

As well as the High Court of Australia, Court of Appeal and Children's Court.

Josh Smith Legal serves clients throughout Melbourne and the broader Victoria region. Our team has also defended clients interstate.

Our office address is: Level 24/570 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000.

Our office phone number is: 03 9733 2344

Feel free to call us directly at 03 9733 2344 at any time for assistance. Our expert lawyers are available 24/7 365 days a year.


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