Central Coast Criminal Lawyers

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Criminal Lawyers on the Central Coast NSW

Hamilton Janke Lawyers specialise in criminal and traffic offences.

Including drug offences, assaults and AVOs, fraud offences, sexual offences, drink driving, disqualified driving, driver licence appeals, drug driving and more.

All NSW courts.

Criminal and Traffic Law services listed here.

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Murray Rivers
"I highly recommend Hamilton Janke Lawyers at times of great stress and uncertainty."
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James Janke has represented me in 2 very different matters. As a result of his representations and advocacy, one issue was withdrawn and the other received the best result possible. In relation to the client, James is a clear communicator, explains all possible outcomes clearly and frankly. In court, James is a talented and respected advocate. I highly recommend Hamilton Janke Lawyers at times of great stress and uncertainty.
Simon Drew
"5 stars guys"
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5 stars guys , I found your service professional, switched on with the law, kind courtesy and cooperation... I would have given you 10 stars for the performance...
Jarrad Tapper
"James secured me a very lenient sentence which honestly blew my expectations."
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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.
Jay H
"Helped me enormously and achieved a great result."
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Fantastic guys. Super professional, dedicated, understanding and tenacious. Nothing was a problem and they made me feel incredibly comfortable. They both made a hugely stressful situation as easy as it could be. Helped me enormously and achieved a great result. I cannot recommend them enough. Don't bother with anyone else - Drew and James should be the first and only stop if you require representation. Thank you both so much.
Gary Kay
"James was always available and made sure that I properly understood my options"
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Hamilton Janke assisted me with my legal matter. James was always available and made sure that I properly understood my options. His knowledge of the law was invaluable. Highly recommend
Adam Baruzzi
"I will definitely be using his services in the future if need be. Thanks again James."
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I could not be happier with the services I received from my lawyer James Janke. He is extremely efficient and professional. He was responsive to my phone calls and emails and was available to answer any questions I had. I will definitely be using his services in the future if need be. Thanks again James.
Arnold Tammekand
"He went way above what we expected and we were rewarded with a wonderful just result"
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Drew Hamilton is an extremely professional yet caring lawyer who always gives his all to his clients. He went way above what we expected and we were rewarded with a wonderful just result - would recommend time and time again including his helpful front end staff

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Great outcome! I am in my 50's & never needed a lawyer so feel very fortunate to have James recommended. Not only was... he confident & calming & professional, we had a successful outcome. I now have a lawyer for life.read more
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I was facing at least 7 years for protecting my family when , parents, teachers and police would not help my daughter... being bullied. In the end I felt I had no choice but to sort it myself. I was charged with an array of offences but Drew Hamilton took on my case and got me off with good behaviour. Drew was friendly and very compassionate and professional. He made me feel like any father that did what I did should be a hero. I can’t recommend Drew Hamilton and Hamilton Janie Lawyers enough. Kind regards and again thank you. Warrick Hicksread more
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Central Coast Criminal Lawyers

Going to court? Contact us now. We’re passionate about providing a dedicated criminal defence service. 24/7 Assistance – when you need it most.

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.

The court process in New South Wales is started with a document served on an accused person. That document is called a court attendance notice or sometimes abbreviated to a CAN.


On that document will be a range of information. It’s quite a confusing document.


On that document, it will stipulate the court the person has to attend, the date and the charges or allegations against that person.


Stepping back, sometimes people are notified by the police before they were to receive that court attendance notice.


The police may say we’d like you to come in for an interview. 


We encourage people to contact us before making that decision to give an interview so we can properly advise them as to what their rights are before they go to the police station.


There’s a decision made by the police when they arrest someone as to where they release them on bail or not. 


Some people will be released on bail conditions to attend court. Sometimes the police refuse bail and that person that appears in court from custody. 


We can then be engaged to attend court and fight for bail or release of that person in the interim while it matter is being heard.

It depends on a number of factors, including:

  • What stage your matter is up
  • Whether you’re bailed and what the conditions of your bail are 
  • Whether you’ve got something important on the day of court
  • What stage your matter is up to, whether it’s for hearing, whether 
  • it’s for mention, whether it’s for sentence.


We can talk about that. 


If you’d like to be there every step of the way, please come and we’ll meet you at court 

early and we’ll explain the process and you can come in and watch us do whatever it is we’re doing that day. Whether it be your appearance your sentence or the hearing.

Generally, you won’t have to speak in court.


That is what you instruct us for, that is our job and that’s what we do every day. 


If you would like to put something before the court, in terms of contrition or remorse or how you’re feeling about the matter, certainly we can arrange for you to do that either by way of written evidence or sometimes oral evidence if appropriate. 


But we will talk to you about that at length before that goes anywhere near the court to make sure that it’s appropriate and something that’s going to assist you in either the defence of your matter or in mitigation if it’s a sentence proceeding.

So my role as your lawyer is to fight vigorously for your rights in the courtroom. 


My role is to explain to the court the context or situation that was occurring at the time for you at the time of the alleged offence. 


My role can sometimes also be to tell the court that you’re not guilty of an offence and to raise defences that will convince the court, the judge, the magistrate or jury that you are not guilty of that offence. 


So my role is to protect you in the courtroom at all times and that’s what we do 


Criminal and Traffic Lawyers in Central Coast

Central Coast Criminal Lawyers

Quick facts about Central Coast

‘The Central Coast is a region of New South Wales, Australia, lying on the Pacific Ocean north of Sydney. Towns like Terrigal and Avoca Beach feature expansive beaches and surfing. The Entrance is a resort area offering a range of recreation at the confluence of the ocean and Tuggerah Lake, a saltwater wetland. The city of Gosford is the main commercial hub and visitor gateway.’ 

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