Defence lawyers in Melbourne help you with your defence by scrutinizing the prosecution’s case against you, investigating the facts of your case and preparing a defence that gives you the best chance of success. They may also negotiate with prosecutors to try and have charges reduced or dropped altogether. If you go to trial, your they will represent you in court and argue your case before a judge or jury.
Defence lawyers can be both solicitors and barristers. Solicitors typically do the majority of the work in preparing a defence, while barristers are usually instructed to represent the defendant at trial. However, defence lawyers may also specialize in a particular area of law, such as criminal defence or traffic defence.
Defence lawyers in Melbourne typically work for defence firms, but some may also be self-employed. Defence lawyers usually charge by the hour, but may also charge a fixed fee or a percentage of the total amount of money awarded in damages.