Criminal Lawyers Adelaide

Our experienced lawyers can help you with any criminal law case

Use our experience of over 20 years. We are reliable and have acted in many high profile matters.

Criminal Law is a complex area of law. In recent times politicians have changed the law regularly in order to appear to be tough on crime. In reality, many of the rights that previously existed have been eroded.

In our view the presumption of innocence and the presumption of bail have been eroded. In addition, the discretion of the sentencing court has regularly been curtailed by imposing mandatory sentencing which can be difficult to avoid.

Our firm believes in being dynamic and across all facets of criminal law in South Australia.

We appear daily as counsel in all courts in Adelaide, the suburbs and the State of South Australia (if you would like to view which courts we attend please click here).

We listen to you and help you with your problem. We aim to achieve an outcome that recognises your goals. Whether you wish to fight the case or present a contrite guilty plea we can assist you. Call our friendly and experienced team on 08 8311 3111. We regularly appear in the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal in order to protect your rights.

Call our friendly Criminal Lawyers Adelaide on 08 8311 3111.

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Criminal & Traffic Law Specialists in Adelaide

Criminal Lawyers Adelaide

Our Criminal Lawyers Service Adelaide & Regional SA

Ralphtiley Tiley
Ralphtiley Tiley
I hadn't had much experience with lawyers and I found Hugh to be very experienced in my matter.He kept me advised through the whole process and I was very happy with the outcome he obtained.I would recommend them to anyone needing legal help
Mandy Sheer
Mandy Sheer
I used Hugh on a traffic matter, very stress free, informative and great results! Highly recommend 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
ferruccio cardellini
ferruccio cardellini
I contacted woods and co lawyers with a matter that I was not convinced could be resolved. After my meeting with Vivian Ngo, I was assured that she would do everything she could to help. Vivian was successful and my matter resolved quickly. I think Woods and Co , especially Vivian Ngo, are worth their weight in gold! Thank you again Ferruccio Cardellini ( Fish )
Chloe Sampson
Chloe Sampson
Vivian is an amazing lawyer! She was reassuring the whole time and made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process. Highly recommend
priscilla cher
priscilla cher
Thank you to the wonderful team at Woods and Co for the professionalism, care, time and effort and excellent service delivery. Thank you from our family to yours. With joy and grace, Priscilla & family
David Ndura
David Ndura
A big thankyou to Vivian Ngo and her team for her professionalism, knowledge & fast response in achieving a fantastic outcome for my case. I would definately recommend Woods &co for legal advise & representation
Adam Matthews
Adam Matthews
I would like to draw attention to the excellent and professional conduct of Ben chehade at woods and co, he worked tirelessly, and communicated with my partner and I every step of the process, After hours included to put together a genuine supporting argument to secure me a favourable result on a criminal matter, I will make it clear that breaking the law will always draw a penalty I know this first hand, And all people make mistakes, I'm not proud of it. But with a energetic, confident lawyer like Ben on your side he will secure you a fantastic and fair result !!!!! To Ben I say thankyou!!!
Hayder Al Hamdany
Hayder Al Hamdany
They are reliable, honest and operate with integrity. I recommend them to anyone who is looking for some great legal advocacy and support. Ben always takes the time to answer any questions I may have, and provides me with all the options available. As a new with a legal matter, it can be difficult to find a suitable lawyer. I was lucky to be connected to Ben. On another note, their charges were also very reasonable to the services they provided.

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Frequently asked criminal law questions

At Woods & Co lawyers we advise  you to speak with a lawyer before speaking to the police.

Normally, you are required only to provided your name and address but there are some offences where you are obliged by law to answer certain questions.

Call our team today on 08 8311 3111 in order to protect your rights.

If the police arrest you and have charged you then provided they have reasonable grounds to believe it is necessary to identify you (or identifying you as the person who committed an offence), then they have the have the power to;

  • take your fingerprints
  • photograph you
  • make a voice recording of your voice
  • request you supply a sample of your handwriting

Otherwise, they need an order of a Magistrate.

Reasonable force can be used to photograph you or take your prints.  Force cannot be used to take a handwriting or voice recording but you commit a criminal offence if you disobey a reasonable direction.

To learn more about this please call our team on 08 8311 3111.

When can police search your person?

  • Under the  Controlled Substances Act 1984 if they believe on reasonable grounds you are possessing an illegal drug.
  • If you have been arrested.
  • If a police officer has reasonable grounds to suspect you are in possession of a firearm subject to seizure.
  • Police can ask you to empty your pockets but unless they have proper grounds to do so they may commit an illegal search unless you agree.

When can police can search your house?

  • If they have a General Search warrant.
  • If they have obtained a valid drug warrant for a premises.
  • Without a warrant, if they reasonably believe there is a firearm or ammunition subject to seizure. 

Can police search your vehicle or vessel?

  • If they have reasonable cause to suspect that there are stolen goods, or you are in possession of an object which constitutes an offence, or there is evidence of an indictable offence. 
  • Similarly if the police suspect on reasonable grounds that you are in possession of illegal drugs then they can search your vehicle or vessel. (They need to meet a higher test of belief to search your person

The above should not be relied upon for legal advice.  Each circumstance can change.

Call our friendly and experienced team to protect your rights.