Criminal & Traffic Law

Buckley Lawyers are an experienced team of criminal lawyers in Sydney. From the outset, we provide clear advice and take the time to carefully prepare your criminal and traffic matter. This attention to detail allows us to achieve the best possible outcome. Our network of experienced Barristers ensures that you receive expert legal representation from beginning to end.

We have successfully achieved positive results for clients that have been charged with a range of criminal offences. Utilising our extensive knowledge of NSW criminal law, we have a strong reputation for results that exceed our client’s expectations.

Buckley Lawyers have appeared throughout a range of courts in Sydney, the Central Coast, and surrounds. Regardless of the setting, we will advocate for your rights and prepare for a positive outcome.

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Get Practical Advice from Experienced Criminal Lawyers in Sydney

Being charged with a criminal offence can be a daunting experience. However, it is important to know that there are seasoned criminal lawyers available in Sydney. From start to finish, we will ensure that you receive clear legal advice and strong representation during any court proceedings.

Buckley Lawyers offer 24/7 legal advice. Reach out to us now for immediate assistance with your criminal or traffic matter.

The new sentencing guidelines outline the following options for sentencing in New South Wales with similar provisions throughout other States and Territories:

  • s 10 (1) (a) – order, dismissing the charges(no conviction recorded);
  • s 10 (1) (b) – order, discharging the person under a conditional release order (CRO) with or without a conviction recorded
  • s 10 (1) (c) – order, discharging the person on condition of participating in an intervention program
  • s 10A – order, convicting the person with no further penalty
  • Impose a fine up the maximum amount as specified in the legislation
  • s 8 – order, an community corrections order (CCO) instead of imposing a sentence of imprisonment which is no greater than 3 years in duration with both standard and any additional and further conditions (s 88, 89, 90).
  • s 7 – order, an intensive corrections order (ICO) which is a term of imprisonment served in the community with stricter conditions and under supervision.
  • Full-time imprisonment – order, the person serve a full-time custody sentence in prison.

Our broad experience in a range of criminal law cases includes the following areas:

  • Defended hearings in both the Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court of NSW
  • Appeals / Sentencing / Bail applications and application for release
  • Formal negotiations with police to withdraw your charges
  • All types of assault / Sexual related offences
  • Section 10 dismissal of charges – non- conviction
  • Application for mental condition or illness under sections 32 or 33 of the Mental Health Act
  • Child pornography and child abuse related offences/ Use of carriage service to menace or harass
  • Animal neglect offences
  • Drug possession and supply offences
  • Apprehended Violence Orders and breaches
  • Resist police arrest
  • Larceny offences
  • White collar crime related offences / Tax Evasion and Centrelink related offences
  • Fraud and dishonestly related offences
  • Break and enter
  • Firearms offences / Robbery
  • Damage property offences
  • Confiscation of funds by the police
  • Public order offences /Affray
  • Terrorism charges / Commonwealth related offences
  • Murder and manslaughter

The MERIT (Magistrate’s Early Referral into Treatment) Program

The primary goal of the MERIT program is to break the substance abuse-crime cycle by involving defendants in treatment and rehabilitation. MERIT is available to eligible defendants who appear at the participating Local Courts.

Buckley Lawyers recommend the MERIT program for those who require professional assistance with alcohol or drug related rehabilitation. The program is free and is typically 12 weeks in duration comprising one hour session each week. Contact us to discuss how undertaking this program may assist with your court matter.

Traffic infringements are one of the most common offences in NSW. ‘The Road Transport Act 2013’ is the primary piece of legislation governing this area of law. Recently, the introduction of new in NSW have given police the powers to immediately suspend your licence for the following offences:

  • Offence causing death or grievous bodily harm
  • Speeding in excess of 45 km/h over the speed limit
  • Driving under the influence offences
  • A prescribed concentration of alcohol drink driving offence
  • A street racing offence
  • An aggravated burnout offence
  • Learner or provisional licence holders speeding in excess of 30 km/h over the speed limit
  • Learner licence holders driving without supervision

Traffic Offenders Intervention Program (TOIP)

TOIP is a New South Wales accredited Local Court program that provides offenders with the information and skills necessary to develop positive attitudes towards driving on the roads. Buckley Lawyers recommend that you attend the TOIP through any of the following providers below. Upon completion, the provider will deliver a certificate of completion that can then be used to support your case in court.

Road Sense Australia


SAVE Traffic Offenders Intervention Program


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