Criminal Law Services

As a trusted criminal law firm, Gatenby Criminal Lawyers provides focused criminal law advice and representation at all stages of a criminal prosecution.

From the moment of your arrest or detention by a government body, we are adept at devising the most appropriate strategy for your matter.

We routinely advise on arrest and criminal procedure and will advise you on preliminary matters such as police interviews and bail applications. We can even provide advice and representation in coercive hearings conducted by the Crime and Misconduct Commission and the Crime Commission.

Our Focus

While crime is our focus we have developed a reputation in relation to quasi-criminal prosecutions such as those brought by local councils, regulatory bodies and professional boards.

We routinely appear in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Court in relation to Criminal Trials. In appropriate cases, we appear as solicitor advocates or instruct experienced Barristers to appear on your behalf.

With the myriad of sentencing options available to the Courts, we are able to advise you on strategies to minimise your risk of imprisonment. We also appear in relation to breaches of Court Orders and the re-sentencing that follows.

A significant part of our practice includes appearances for traffic matters, such as drink and drug driving, driving without due care and attention and dangerous driving. Maintaining a person licence is a high priority with work licence and special hardship orders a dedicated part of our practice.

hand with handcuff, arrestedCriminal Law

As an Authoritative criminal law firm, we are able to offer you professional advice from the moment you are first advised of possible police involvement until the finalisation of your matter.  We engage in all criminal matters from Murder to Public Nuisance.  Regardless of the seriousness of the allegation, we will ensure you receive the best outcome.

Dangerous DrivingTraffic Offences

Traffic law includes all charges arising from the operation of motor vehicles.  Courts have a wide sentencing discretion in relation to traffic offences including, disqualification, imprisonment and forfeiture.  We can provide you with advice on all aspects of traffic law defence and have considerable success when traffic matters proceed to trial.

Woman Driver Holding Car Keys siting in Her New Car.Work Licence

If you have been charged with a drink driving offence you may be eligible for a restricted work licence. We have a proven history of success with Work Licence Applications and can take care of all facets of the Application, including drafting your Affidavit material and appearing on your behalf.

Angry man overpowering his girlfriendDomestic Violence

As Criminal Lawyers we regularly conduct trials which gives us exceptional advocacy skills. From cross-examination to leading you through your evidence we can ensure your case is expertly placed before the Court. Whether you are seeking a Protection Order or opposing same, we can help you.

handcuffed manPolice Interviews

Most people have limited contact with police and are surprised when asked to conduct a police interview.  What you say and do can have a massive impact on the future of your criminal prosecution.  We are able to provide you with advice whenever you are charged, call on our 24-hour emergency crime line.

juvenile justiceBail Applications

An Application for bail is one of the essential steps in a criminal prosecution.  We have extensive experience in negotiating and applying for bail.  We were also documented as being the first Criminal Law Firm to challenge the so-called VLAD provisions of the Bail Act.

supremecourt2Courts We Attend

Our lawyers are all excellent advocates and regularly appear as Solicitor Advocates in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts. We also engage barristers from the Queensland and interstate Bar. We appear in all Queensland Courts and frequently appear in Northern NSW and Sydney.

Police InterviewsPolice Stations We Attend

As Criminal Lawyers, we are regularly called upon to attend police stations on behalf of our clients.  Whether it be to advise on a Record of Interview, negotiation with police or view sensitive evidence we are able to attend police stations and prisons throughout Queensland and NSW.


LawyerWe offer a free initial half hour conference to provide you with advice and peace of mind.

Contact us for advice on:

    • Arrest and criminal procedure
    • Criminal trials
    • Contested sentences
    • Guilty Pleas

If you or someone you know has been charged or is about to be charged with a criminal offence, you should contact an experienced criminal lawyer for advice. Your liberty and reputation are too important to be left to chance.