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💯🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Highly Recommend! James attention to detail was meticulous and his communication of all... possible outcomes etc was exceptional. James secured me a very lenient sentence which honestly blew my expectations.read more
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND Hamilton Janke Lawyers all staff were especially caring and helpful.Drew Hamilton went above and... beyond! I think he is a legend one of the hardest judges and Drew nailed it. He was truly awesome at his job and showed he is passionate in what is right and fair! Drew was very professional and at all times explained and prepared us for this journey. I can't thank Hamilton Janke Lawyers enough. 5***** rating.read more

Criminal and Traffic Offences

Law firms in NSW

Hamilton Janke Lawyers provide a range of criminal and traffic legal services. Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs), Assault charges, Bail applications, Break and enter offences, drink driving, speeding, licence appeals and more. Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney and more. All courts in NSW.

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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 offer fixed fees. You’ll receive a full, honest and transparent explanation of our fees.

Please contact us to find out more information. 

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.

Yes, we are a team of Newcastle Criminal Lawyers. But we travel throughout NSW.

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.

About Hamilton Janke Lawyers

Choosing a law firm can be a bit intimidating. Especially if you are facing serious ramifications or simply haven’t needed a Lawyer to represent you before. Don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through this challenging time in your life. If you are looking for a Criminal Lawyer who will fearlessly defend your interests, you have come to the right place. Hamilton Janke Lawyers is a criminal defence firm in Newcastle, NSW. We service courts across NSW and interstate. We’ve developed a reputation for being fierce, energetic and determined. When it comes to your legal defence, we’ll make sure you receive the best representation. Want to know more about us? Well, here’s a few reasons why we think you’ll be happy with our services.

First, we have extensive litigation experience in defending all manner of criminal and traffic matters, AVOs, bail applications, appeals, inquests, commissions and inquiries. We specialise in Criminal Law. This means we remain acutely aware of and can advise on developments to legislation and decisions of the Appellate Courts which might affect your case.

Second, we’ve also advised on matters of international Criminal Law and how they might impact on domestic prosecutions. Thus, we know how to deal with criminal law matters across numerous jurisdictions. This helps us assist a variety of clients with complicated legal issues.

Additionally, we’ve received many outstanding client reviews on social media. This suggests that our clients are proud to recommend us in a public forum. Our clients love reading these reviews. Please feel free to have a look.

Finally, part of being a great lawyer is knowing which resources to utilise, and when. That’s why we’ve created a proven network of the best Barristers (including Senior and Junior Counsel), experts and advisors. Why does this matter? Well, we know you want the best result. And, our network will help you get there.

These are just some of the factors which we trust will make you feel comfortable in reaching out to us. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or submit an enquiry. We are friendly and ready to help. We look forward to hearing from you.


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