72

CHARGES WITHDRAWN

94

NO CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORDED

78

COSTS AGAINST NSW POLICE

83

DEFENDED HEARINGS WON

Why You Need the Top Lawyers in NSW

National Criminal Lawyers is one of Sydney’s most sought after criminal law firms. This is because we get the results, give a senior lawyers’ guarantee and we are the best defenders of your rights. We understand how the law works and how the authorities who enforce the law also work. National Criminal Lawyers (“NCL”) is a law firm founded by Michael Moussa (one of Sydney’s most fierce lawyers).

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Michael Moussa

Principal Lawyer (LLM, LLB, GDLP)

Melanie Tilbrook

Melanie Tilbrook

Senior Criminal Defence Lawyer (LLM, LLB, GDLP)

Thomas Strozek

Thomas Strozek

Criminal Law Specialist (LLB, GDLP)

Ariana Alw Clerk

Ariana Popovic

Law Clerk

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Criminal Lawyers Sydney

National Criminal Lawyers® is one of Sydney’s most sought-after specialist criminal law firms. As Sydney defence lawyers, we work in a variety of criminal matters and do not shy away from a challenge. We provide our clients with a unique, tailored plan according to their needs. We achieve the best results for our clients through this tailored plan and our senior lawyers’ guarantee. Depending upon our client instructions, we will go ahead with one of the following options: negotiate with police, plead not guilty, plead guilty to the elements but not the facts, or plead guilty to both the elements and the facts. For more information on each of these, please see above. If our client is in a position where they must plead guilty to both the elements and the facts, we will put all their circumstances before the Court, to ensure they will receive the most lenient sentence possible. We care about our clients and are sympathetic towards any issues they may be experiencing, so it follows that we will be sure to make the Court aware of any contributing issues surrounding one-off behaviours that result in criminal conduct. To assist in showing the Court contrition we are prepared with advice for our clients relating to participation in a traffic offenders’ program, for example.

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Best Criminal Lawyers Sydney

Our Firm has won several awards for ‘Best Criminal Law Firm’, and our highly experienced and fierce Principal Lawyer Michael Moussa, has been awarded ‘Best Criminal Lawyer’ and ‘Best Traffic Lawyer’. Our specialist criminal lawyers are prepared to go the extra mile for our clients and guide them through the entire criminal justice process; from the moment of arrest or from the time they are aware police are investigating them, to the completion of the matter. Matters may end in some or all charges being dropped, acquittal, a finding of guilt by jury, or guilt by plea. If a finding of guilt is made or plea of guilty entered, our Sydney criminal defence lawyers will gather all the necessary evidence required for a sentence hearing, and they will strive to convince the Court to show leniency. Our Sydney criminal lawyers are based in Sydney NSW and its surrounds. We have access to a multitude of Courts and our Solicitors are well known by Local Magistrates, District Court Judges and Supreme Court Judges. We pride ourselves on keeping in touch with updates in the criminal law Sydney. We regularly research case law, amendments in legislation, and we write about events in the media or changes in law or regulation and post about it on our Blog. We also contribute to articles published by Lawyers Weekly as a way of educating ourselves and giving back to the legal community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if Police want to ask me questions?

If Police want to interview you, you have the right to remain silent. They must give you an opportunity to speak with your lawyer. We always recommend that you contact our specialist criminal lawyers before you communicate with Police. If you suspect that Police are investigating you, contact the best criminal lawyers in Sydney, immediately.

I have been wrongly accused of a crime and I can’t afford to go to trial – what can I do?

Our leading Sydney criminal defence lawyers will negotiate with Police on your behalf and show them why their case against you will fail, leading them to withdraw the charges. If they persist – and their case fails after trial – we will make an application for costs against them, in your favour.

If I plead guilty, will I go to gaol?

There is a wide variety of penalties a person may get when being sentenced for a crime. It all depends on how serious the crime is, what the legislation requires, and on the person’s personal circumstances, such as their criminal record (if any), age, prospects of rehabilitation, remorse and contrition, and any steps taken to show this.

 

The following are the types of sentencing options a Judge or Magistrate has:

  • Rising of the court;
  • Dismissal and conditional discharge;
  • Deferred sentence;
  • Fine only;
  • Conditional release order;
  • Community correction order;
  • Intensive correction order; and
  • Full time custodial imprisonment.

These penalties range from least serious to most serious, with full time custodial imprisonment being reserved for the worst offending. The options from conditional release order, to intensive correction orders, are strict, supervised sentences where the offender can serve their sentence out in the community. If they breach a condition of their release, they will either face the Court again, or may have a warrant executed for their arrest.

If I accidentally plead guilty, can I later change this to not guilty?

It is quite difficult to reverse such a mistake. In general, you can only do this in circumstances where you can show there is a risk of a miscarriage of justice taking place. Examples of such circumstances may be where you were intimidated or coerced into making a plea of guilty, or where you misunderstood the charges laid against you and were not genuinely conscious of your guilt or non-guilt. You may need to provide evidence by an affidavit or in person. If you do have to change your plea from guilty to not guilty this can affect your credibility later in proceedings.

Usually a plea must be indicated on the first Court date. However, if you are unrepresented, you can seek an adjournment for two weeks to seek legal advice before you enter your plea. Therefore, it is extremely important to first seek the advice of Sydney defence lawyers before making such an important decision.

How do I reduce my sentence?

Our criminal solicitors in Sydney will guide you to the best possible result in your case. Our expert advocates will use materials such as character references, a letter of apology, a psychological or psychiatric report, any medical evidence, certificates of completion of educational/rehabilitative programs and/or any evidence of making amends/repair of the damage done by the offence. These materials go to show the Court why it should be lenient with you; that you are a person of usually good character, and that you’ve taken steps to correct your mistakes.

I have been threatened with an AVO – what is this?

An AVO is an Apprehended Violence Order, and an ADVO is an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order. An ADVO only applies to domestic relationships such as husband, wife, children, and any other relationship which may be domestic in nature. An AVO or ADVO is a protection order that places conditions on a Defendant. These conditions might prevent you from residing at home, or to keep a certain physical distance from the person who the order is protecting, and to not contact that person. These orders may be in place for years. If an AVO or ADVO is breached, you can face criminal charges for breaching the Order under section 14 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW).

Testimonials

  • review rating 5  I highly recommend Michael Moussa as he helped me with my criminal case. He was up front and honest with me from the beginning and kept in contact with me through the whole process. He believed in me and I couldn’t have got through it without his help.

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    6/06/2019

    review rating 5  Michael Moussa does what he says and says what he does. Initially I wanted to plead guilty until speaking to Michael from National Criminal Lawyers. He told me a defence exists in my matter and he would write to the police. My matter didn’t even make it to hearing. Even though I did a police recording a loop hole was found by Michael. Michael is an extremely good lawyer and very down to earth. Thank you Michael for everyone you did. I can now sleep well. We owe you the world. Mahmoud

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    2/24/2019
  • review rating 5  Thank you sincerely to Michael Moussa who did the inconceivable and get me non conviction for serious allegations which I feel utterly and bitterly remorseful for. When I called Michael the first time he immediately made me feel at ease. The judge respected him in Court and I was amazed with his professionalism, sense of humour and tone in Court. Thank you Michael.

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    12/21/2018

    review rating 5  I have engaged National Criminal Lawyers for some serious driving matters which were plentiful and concerning. Upon meeting Michael Moussa I was told that there would be a good plan devised. Initially I was skeptical but today my results were better than imagined. I have had used many lawyers before but Michael Moussa by far is the best in terms of his go to nature, professionalism, knowledge and respect. Don’t waste your time with others. These guys are Lawyers but also very down to earth and they know what to do.

    thumb Jignesh Mehta
    3/14/2019
  • review rating 5  I highly recommend Michael Moussa if you're charged with any kind of a drug charge! He is the best in the industry and very hard working. Thanks for getting me the best result. Hopefully I never get in trouble again but if I do, I will not use any other lawyer!

    thumb Emre Aksu
    10/02/2019

    review rating 5  Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. Michael will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Michael was extremely helpful, he made me feel comfortable and assisted me in every way. Was easy to communicate with him and very responsive and detailed in what he required from you in order to get the best result possible. His ultimate end goal is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his client. I felt at ease knowing I will be represented by the best. Thank you Michael & team for all your help. High recommend!

    thumb Saleshni Singh
    3/26/2019
  • review rating 5  I highly recommend Mr Moussa and his team! They worked so hard throughout the process of my case and got me the best result! They were so helpful and understanding. Thank you so much guys!

    thumb Elias David
    5/03/2019

    review rating 5  I would like to say a giant thankyou to Michael Moussa, I felt he had my best interests in mind throughout the entire process asking many questions to better understand the situation. Michael was very knowledgeable and professional Could not of asked for a better outcome I highly recommend Michael and his team

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    9/25/2018
  • review rating 5  Michael's understanding of our situation is professional compassionate and understanding. All questions are answered directly with reassurance. We know we are in good hands with a positive outcome If by misfortune we require legal services again it would be National Criminal Lawyers. Highly Recommend!

    thumb Susan Manukonga
    6/04/2019

    review rating 5  I can honestly say with full confidence that I think Michael is the most professional and knowledgeable solicitor I have come across. He is confident and delivers as promised. He is a man of his word and has done an excellent job in defending my brother in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone who may be facing criminal charges as he is extremely reliable and trustworthy. I am more than grateful for the service he has provided me even though it meant going out of his way on a Sunday.

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    8/04/2019
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