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What We Do

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Hamilton Janke Lawyers is a criminal defence firm in Newcastle, NSW which services courts across NSW and interstate. We have extensive litigation experience in defending criminal and traffic matters, AVOs, bail applications, appeals, inquests, commissions and inquiries. We have also advised on matters of international Criminal Law and how they might impact on domestic prosecutions.

“Absolutely brilliant lawyers, Drew was fantastic, driven and committed to get a great result on the day…Highly recommend!”

Not Your Typical Criminal Defence Lawyers

Hamilton Janke Lawyers are a team of expert criminal lawyers in Newcastle. We service courts across NSW. We also have a perfect client satisfaction score on Google and Facebook. Hamilton Janke Lawyers have experience at every level of the criminal justice system and will fiercely protect your interests. Utilising a proven network of the best Solicitors, Barristers, experts and advisors to get you the best result.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re looking for the best criminal lawyers in Newcastle, get in touch. We’re passionate about providing a dedicated criminal defence service.

We service all courts across NSW, and have experience appearing in interstate courts and acting in extradition matters. For an extensive list of the courts we attend, visit our services page.

We specialise in a variety of criminal and traffic offences. Covering all courts across NSW. Including Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney and surrounding regions. See our services page for a full list.



  • Affray, disorder and riot offences
  • Appeals
  • Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)
    • Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs)
    • Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (ADPOs)
  • Assault charges
  • Bail applications
  • Break and enter offences
  • Drug Offences (drug possession, drug supply, ‘deemed’ drug supply, drug manufacture, cultivate prohibited plant, possess unlawfully border controlled drug, etc.)
  • Fraud offences
  • Larceny
  • Malicious damage to property
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Offensive conduct
  • Offensive language
  • Robbery offences
  • Sexual assault
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Sexual touching offences
  • Sexual act offences
  • Stealing offences
  • Weapons charges
  • Taxation and Centrelink offences

Absolutely. We’re specialised in the following areas:

  • Dangerous driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • occasioning death
  • Dangerous driving
  • occasioning grievous bodily harm
  • Driving under the influence (drugs, alcohol) / PCA
  • drink driving
  • Drive while disqualified
  • Habitual offender declaration
  • Licence appeals
  • Negligent driving
  • Police pursuits
  • Red light cameras
  • Predatory driving
  • Speeding
  • Street racing

By law, a court must not sentence an offender to imprisonment unless it is satisfied, having considered all possible alternatives, that no penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate. There are a variety of more moderate penalties that the court can impose as an alternative to a custodial sentence, which can be read about here.

If you are charged with a criminal offence you will be given a Court Attendance Notice (CAN). The CAN will give you the following information:

  • The court you will have to attend
  • The date and time you will need to attend court
  • The offence with which you have been charged

A Police Facts Sheet will usually be attached to the CAN. A Police Facts Sheet outlines the police’s version of the events that have led to your charge. You should read the documents carefully and write down anything that you disagree with. You should then seek legal advice to determine what your best course of action is.

Arguably one of the most important decisions that you will have to make if you have been charged with a criminal offence is whether to plead guilty or not guilty. For more detailed information about entering or changing a plea, click here.

There are three ways to avoid conviction:

  • Successfully defending the charge; or
  • Getting the charge dismissed; or
  • Having the matter dealt with pursuant to section 32 of the Mental Health (Forsensic Provisions) Act.

Our lawyers can advise you on the best course of action.   

NSW courts can impose the following penalties:

  • Conditional Release Orders
  • Community Correction Orders
  • Intensive Correction Orders
  • Imprisonment

For more information on sentencing options, please click here.

You can appeal against your conviction or your sentence, or both. For more information on the appeals process in NSW, click here.

Looking for dedicated legal representation?

Get in touch now. Hamilton Janke Lawyers provide 24/7 assistance – when you need it most. If you need criminal lawyers in Newcastle that will defend your interests, call us now. We look forward to hearing from you.

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