Leading Criminal Defence Lawyers in Northern NSW

Every story has two sides. We defend yours.

Call now on (02) 9696 1361 or email us at info@hugolawgroup.com.au for a Free Consultation with our criminal defence team.

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Adrian McKenna is a prodigy. Achieved a great result, couldn’t be happier. Down to earth and always reachable. 10/10
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I would recommend Mitchell Grieg for any matter. Approachable , Professional , honest and will fight for best outcome possible.
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Adrian and the team at Hugo Law Group have been exceptional throughout the duration of my case. Adrian and his team have saved me from one of the most difficult times of my life. I am forever grateful for what they have done for me. Thank you.
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Helpful, understanding and great guidance every step of the way. Couldn’t fault them and can’t thank them enough. 5/5
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Wonderful, compassionate and skill full team at Hugo.
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Highly recommend Mitchell Greig. He made the experience seamless, relieved the stress of the situation and was very informative through the whole process.
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I recently finished a court matter a few weeks ago where, Adrian and the group at Hugo law were very helpful, informative and insightful in helping my family and me throughout it all.

The whole time I felt supported and well informed about what would happen and what our desired outcome was. Adrian was also very knowledgeable and was always on hand with good advice about anything I had questions about.

Overall, my experience was one of profound professionalism and excellent service.

Thank you Adrian and the team at Hugo Law.

– Luci
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Worked with Thomas Tiffen as my lawyer. Very professional and always quick to respond. Highly recommend.
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I had the pleasure of engaging Hugo Law Group, for Legal counsel. They were very transparent, helpful and reassuring during the entire process. Highly recommend to anyone seeking legal advice. Special Thanks to Tom Taylor!
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I was referred to Adrian McKenna at Hugo Law by a friend (solicitor). As I had never been a defendent before I was naturally extremely nervous and scared. As soon as I met Adrian I knew I was in good hands.
Adrian was so professional with his explanations of what to expect. He was also compassionate and listened to me. I asked so many questions. He looked at me and said “let us do our job”, and “follow his directions”.
The Barrister he engaged to my case was excellent. Over weeks and months, with hearings in between, waiting for the court date and the final hearings I was so nervous and asked too many questions again. Again, “let us do our job”. A confidence boost again from Adrian.
The Barrister asked all the right questions which I wanted him to ask. He and Adrian provided all the facts and statements that were vital to the Magistrates decisions.
We got the best outcome, no convictions.
I thank Adrian and his team for their patience, guidance, advice, and compassion through my heartbreaking ordeal. His advice “let us do our job” was the best advice leading to the best result.
I would highly recommend Adrian at HugoLaw. He gets the job done!
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Nobody enjoys going to court so it was reassuring to be advised and represented by Mitchell Greig. He is wise, supportive and stands for his clients. His background, legal knowledge and experience, make him relatable both to his client and to the court. Not all heroes wear capes, however, in my mind, Mitchell is certainly worthy. Thank you!
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I am very grateful to Stephanie and the entire Hugo Law Group. My son’s case was handled with compassion, skill and efficiency. Stephanie was amazing in the court arena, never intimidated by the magistrate, always willing to argue the client’s point of view with truth and fairness.
She achieved the result I hoped for
and I am so pleased that the Hugo Law Group was recommended to me. They really do adhere to their motto of there being two sides to every story.
With appreciation and gratitude
Sue Mitchell
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Completely professional and personal service provided by Mitchell. Brought a great strategy to achieve a successful outcome. Personable and responsive! Thanks Mitchell at Hugo Law. Jon R
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Jack a young upcoming lawyer took on two cases of mine. He handled the process extremely professional in the difficult situation. Enabling me and working directly with ADACAS staff to assist with the case and reports required.

Max took over one of the legal disagreement of mine. He was highly professional, understanding and compassionate. Max is highly educated, informed with current legislation and provides a welcoming environment. He is honest about recommendations.

Dealing with complex disabilities both staff member were accommodating to myself, my needs and my support animal.

Highly recommend Hugo Law group!
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Very professional and efficient lawyers. I highly recommend Mitchell Greig to help you with your case. Mitchell worked tirelessly to defend me and helped me achieve a positive result. I am very grateful. Five stars.
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I had a 6 year criminal case that was abit outthere.Hugo law Groups excellent in both professionalism and experience was beyond what i was expecting!My experience was exceptionally great. A very well organized firm, experienced and professional. Customer service was excellent and the lawyer Rebecca Kriesler and counsel Caitlin Akthar of Forbs chambers on my case, were beyond amazing and i got the outcome that i wanted! They worked
very well together and were very thorough and very experienced.Rebecca knows what she is talking about. All in all, I had a positive experience and I highly recommend Hugo law 10 stars 🌟 for me .
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Hugo Law Group (Canberra) – Result driven and professional service of the highest standard. We were so grateful to work with Stephanie Beckedahl on a recent matter. Stephanie was an amazing lawyer, we cannot thank enough for her great support, knowledge and determination.
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I made contact with Max and told him of my situation and Max told me that he would help me out. Max advised me that he would aim for the best possible outcome for me in my situation.

At the end of the day, Max achieved the best possible outcome for me.

Max was very professional in his dealings regarding my situation from beginning to end, everything was explained to me and Max followed through.

I would highly recommend Max to anyone & I would gladly use Max again if I needed him.
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Absolutely outstanding! Thomas is a brilliant lawyer who took my husband’s case level 3 drink drive. Thomas worked tirelessly on our case and achieved the best possible outcome in our case. I couldn’t be happier with his strategic approach expertise, dedication, and exceptional results. Thank you for your service Thomas. Highly recommend!”

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    Your Team

    If you are accused of a criminal offence, you need a specialist criminal lawyer in your corner. With some of the most highly regarded lawyers in Northern NSW, our team of criminal lawyers will provide you with comprehensive, honest and strategic advice.

    Carol Younes
    Partner — Sydney

    ACCREDITED SPECIALIST (Criminal Law)

    Helen Christinson
    Partner — Sydney

    Damien Mahon
    Senior Associate — Northern NSW

    Jordan Portokalli
    Senior Lawyer — Sydney

    Lindsay Stankovic
    Senior Lawyer — Sydney

    Joshua O’Rahilly-Hadley
    Lawyer — Sydney

    Carol Younes
    Partner — Sydney

    ACCREDITED SPECIALIST (Criminal Law)

    Helen Christinson
    Partner — Sydney

    Damien Mahon
    Senior Associate — Northern NSW

    Jordan Portokalli
    Senior Lawyer — Sydney

    Lindsay Stankovic
    Senior Lawyer — Sydney

    Joshua O’Rahilly-Hadley
    Lawyer — Sydney

    Criminal Law Northern NSW

    Premier criminal defence law firm Hugo Law Group has opened a new office in Northern Rivers servicing residents of NSW from Tweed Heads to Grafton. Our senior legal team are dedicated to leveraging our expertise and wealth of experience to safeguard your rights.

    The field of criminal law is complicated, encompassing a broad spectrum of charges and offences. Each case is unique, and will be approached with a tailored solution and defence based on the situation.

    By melding our innate understanding of criminal law with a custom strategy for each case, we diligently work to ensure your circumstances and perspective are taken into account in your defence.

    Facing allegations or charges of a criminal nature can be stressful. Hugo Law Group Northern NSW serves as a steady beacon during such trying times, ensuring you’re well-versed in available options and the path ahead.

    With our criminal defence attorneys making regular courtroom appearances for all criminal offences, we are well placed to help you navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system, making Hugo Law Group the preferred choice for those seeking a criminal defence lawyer in NSW.

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    NSW criminal law specialists

    As specialist criminal lawyers in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, we understand that being accused of a crime can be both emotional and overwhelming. With the ability of criminal convictions to have both short and long term consequences to your life, we are committed to providing you with strategic advice on defending the charges or in preparing for sentencing outcomes ranging from fines to imprisonment.

    In the short term, criminal offence charges may result in bonds or fines, community service and even the prospect of gaol. In the long term, even the recording of a criminal conviction can hinder travel plans or work prospects.

    With our understanding of criminal law charges from both an emotional impact and legal impact perspective, we have the knowledge and experience needed to guide you through your best options and stand up for you, whether that be in front of a magistrate, judge or jury.

    This highly specialised approach is immediately evident when you speak with a specialist criminal lawyer from Northern NSW’s Hugo Law Group. Criminal law is a broad area of the law so, to provide the most comprehensive services possible, we have experience in representing clients for all types of criminal offences.

    From assault, dishonesty and firearms offences to murder and manslaughter charges, perjury, robbery and sexual assault offences, we have the knowledge needed to confidently and competently defend your side of the story.

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    Our Expertise

    The Hugo Law Group difference

    Every accusation carries its own weight, often bringing a wave of stress and uncertainty for the person accused. Here at Hugo Law Group, we aim to alleviate that burden by offering comprehensive guidance and top-notch legal representation.

    Our expertise in discerning the crux of the charges, the requisite burden of proof, and the array of options available is invaluable. Your life and future are at stake, and comprehending the situation and crafting the best defence strategy are paramount.

    Tailoring our approach to your specific circumstances, coupled with strategic counsel, charts the course for effective representation. We stand firm in safeguarding your rights, whether you opt to plead guilty or not guilty.

    With a proficient team specialising in criminal law, our roster of NSW-based attorneys possess the acumen and dedication needed to navigate through initial charges and subsequent courtroom journey.

    Criminal law encompasses a number of nuances, demanding specialised knowledge for a robust defence. For us at Hugo Law Group, criminal defence is more than a profession—it’s our expertise. We grasp the intricacies of your charges and the strategic counsel you seek.

    Dedicated solely to criminal and traffic law, we take pride in extending the level of service one would expect for their nearest and dearest in times of need. Your narrative matters to us deeply in this intricate and demanding legal landscape.

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    Our legal team can represent anyone from the following and their surrounding suburbs:

    • Alstonville
    • Ballina
    • Bangalow
    • Bogangar
    • Brunswick Heads
    • Byron Bay
    • Casino
    • Drake
    • Evans Head
    • Grafton
    • Iluka
    • Kingscliff
    • Kyogle
    • Lennox Head
    • Lismore
    • Maclean
    • Mullumbimby
    • Murwillumbah
    • New Brighton
    • Nimbin
    • Nymboida
    • Ocean Shores
    • Pottsville
    • Suffolk Park
    • Tweed Heads
    • Whiporie
    • Wollongbar
    • Yamba

    Criminal Law FAQs

    Criminal law covers the only area of law where, if the allegation is proved, sentences of imprisonment and other highly punitive penalties or restrictions of liberty can be imposed by courts.

    Criminal law can be contrasted with civil law where a breach may only involve civil fines and other consequences that do not involve a deprivation of liberty.

    A criminal case is typically brought against an individual or company by or on behalf of the state, through police or the director of public prosecutions. In civil law, disputes will often be between parties and these parties can be individuals, companies, organisations and even governments.

    The associated penalties for drug use and drug possession will vary on a case by case basis. This is because sanctions will be dependent on the quantity of drugs, circumstances in which an offence is committed, including where a person is said to fit within a drug trafficking hierarchy and the relevant maximum penalty that applies, whether it is for trafficking, cultivating or another drug offence.

    In some instances where small quantities are found, individuals may receive a police caution or warning. In other instances, being found with small quantities of illegal drugs can result in fines or, in rare cases, a prison sentence.

    WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

    “Damien Mahon from Hugo Law was fantastic. His advice was very considered and practical, and delivered quickly. Damien also represented my company in Court and achieved a fantastic result. Would recommend to anyone.”

    “Hi Carol, from the bottom of my heart thank you for everything that you have done for me over the last couple of weeks. I was seriously completely lost with everything to do with this matter and you were nothing but sincere and genuine the entire time and for that I wanted to say thank you. I really wouldn’t have been able to attend today without you. Thank you.”

    – K’s Family

    “Hi Damien. I wish to thank you and Karen for all your help with the criminal matter, your help was appreciated through the whole process that was seamless from start to finish. The result was excellent and I was relieved with the outcome. Thanks again for all your help.”

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