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Brisbane Criminal Defence Lawyers

Facing a criminal charge can be a stressful time for you. Our experienced criminal lawyers are here to help you, take control and protect your rights and interests.

At Craven Lawyers, we understand being convicted of a crime can change your life forever. It can cause you to lose your job, family members, home, reputation, and at worst your freedom. Our lawyers have over a decade of experience in criminal justice in Brisbane and the surrounding areas.

Being charged with a criminal offence is serious. How you respond to a charge can have significant consequences for your case. The best way you can respond is by engaging an experienced Brisbane criminal lawyer to represent you as soon as possible. Contacting the team at Craven Lawyers may be the most important decision you will make. We will launch your best possible criminal defence and help you to minimise the effects of being charged on your life.

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Call us on our Brisbane office 1800 529 000 to arrange a free confidential consultation with an expert criminal lawyer. Calling us now maybe one of the best decisions you make. 

Our Philosophy 


Best Possible Result

Our goal is to achieve you the best result, no matter what your situation. Our criminal lawyers will fight for you to achieve you the best result they can.


Committed to You and Your Case

We are a client-focused Brisbane law firm. We take pride in maintaining frequent contact with clients so they are always up-to-date about their case. We explain each step of the way to you in plain English. Our job is to make sure you understand the court process, the evidence, your options and potential outcomes. After all it is your life. From the start you will have a criminal law expert on your side. We will get to know you and find an outcome to put you on the best path forward.


One-step Ahead of the Prosecution

Our criminal lawyers devote significant time to preparing cases so they can be one step ahead of the prosecution. Whether it is an application to the Court, a sentence hearing or trial, we do not rush things. We make sure our client’s cases are thoroughly prepared. We leave no stone unturned.

What We Do


Our criminal lawyers Brisbane team help people just like you by:


Giving them advice in relation to criminal charges, police contact, search warrant executions etc.


Forensically reviewing and analysing the evidence given to us by the prosecution.


Getting them bail.


Attending police interviews with them.


Getting their charges dropped (discontinued).


Representing them at sentence hearings when they plead guilty to criminal offences.


Representing them at trials when they contest charges.


Appealing their sentence or conviction.

Criminal Offences Our Criminal Lawyers Brisbane Team

Can Help You With 


Assault Charges


Breaches of DVOS


Burglary & Break and Enter


Child Pornography


Driving Charges


Drug Charges


Fraud Charges


Murder & Manslaughter




Sex Charges




Weapon Charges


If you are charged with an assault, it is imperative you get advice from an expert criminal lawyer. Our lawyers help clients charged with various assaults. Assaults include many types of circumstances. For example, if you push someone in the chest, this is a common assault. But, if you punch someone in the face resulting in cuts, this would be an assault occasioning bodily harm. The penalties for assaults vary. The penalty will depend on things including:

* the assault you are charged with.

* the factual circumstances of the assault.

* the harm caused to the individual.

* if a weapon or instrument was used.

* if you were in company or on your own .

If you face a charge of assault, we are here to help you. Our criminal lawyers can assist you with assaults such as:

  • Common assault.
  • Assault occasioning bodily harm.
  • Serious assault.


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Domestic violence has received a lot of publicity in recent times in Queensland. While a domestic violence order is not a criminal order, a breach of an order is a criminal offence. You face criminal penalties. Persons from all walks of life can be the subject of a domestic violence order. An Order being in force per se will not be a problem until there is a complaint that it has been breached. The Courts take the charges seriously, and the penalties reflect this. If you are charged, the prosecution, in our experience, will not discontinue the charge for any reason. This is even if the alleged victim does not give a statement to police or signs a withdrawal of complaint.

If you are charged with a breach of a domestic violence order, you need help from our skilled criminal lawyers. Do not try to deal with the charge on your own. Engage an expert.

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If you are convicted of these offences, you could face time in prison. These offences often involve invasions of a person’s home or business. If you are convicted of burglary, you face a prison sentence of up to 14 years. In some situations, this prison sentence can increase to life imprisonment. If you are convicted of entering premises,  you face a prison sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment.  In some situations, you could be facing a sentence up to life imprisonment.

The issue for a jury to decide is “did you do it?”. Police will have evidence they think will link you to the offence.  You need a criminal lawyer who is experienced in reviewing this evidence and challenging it.

Evidence police rely upon to prove burglaries and break and enters include:

  • DNA left at the crime scene.
  • Fingerprints located at the crime scene.
  • Photo board identification by witnesses who say you were there.
  • CCTV footage of the offence being committed.

If police say there is evidence showing you committed the offence, do not take their word for it. For example, we have found police will say there is CCTV footage and when we ask for it, they cannot produce it. These situations can lead to our clients being exonerated of the charge.

If you are charged with burglary or entering premises, our highly talented and experienced criminal lawyers can help. No two cases are the same. We will closely examine your case to build the foundations for your defence.

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With the advancement of the Internet and the dark web, criminal offences involving child exploitation material (a.k.a child pornography or CEM) has risen drastically. If you possess, distribute or make child exploitation material you are committing a criminal offence in Queensland.

What is child exploitation material? 

The Criminal Code in Queensland defines child exploitation material to be:

means material that, in a way likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult, describes or depicts a person, or a representation of a person, who is, or apparently is, a child under 16 years—

(a) in a sexual context, including for example, engaging in a sexual activity; or

(b) in an offensive or demeaning context; or

(c) being subjected to abuse, cruelty or torture.

Even if you are not found guilty, merely being charged can damage your reputation. Our criminal lawyers are aware of the potential negative consequences of you being charged. They will treat your matter delicately and help guide you through what can seem like tough times.

If you are charged with a child pornography offence, you need an experienced criminal lawyer on your side. Do not risk getting a lawyer who has no, or limited experience in these types of cases. You need a criminal lawyer who knows this area of law and who will go through the evidence with a fine toothcomb.

Through many years of experience in reviewing alleged CEM for clients, we have learnt it is not always CEM. Some lawyers do not take the time to review the images or videos alleged by police to be CEM. They just trust what the police say, and the police bank on this. Our criminal lawyers are dedicated to achieving you the best outcome. They will review images and videos to make sure they are CEM.

Many people plead guilty to child pornography offences. In these situations, our job is to guide you on what you can do to achieve the best outcome. We will help you in getting character references and any necessary pre-sentence reports. We will engage a barrister who is also highly skilled in this area of law to advocate for you at your sentence hearing.

If you face a child pornography offence, contact our office now. We are here to do what we can for you.

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While persons are often charged with drink driving and drug driving, these are traffic offences. These are not criminal offences. The Criminal Code in Queensland has specific driving offences that are criminal offences. Driving offences are serious. They often result in high penalties, and can land you in prison.

In Queensland criminal driving offences include:

  • Dangerous operation of a vehicle
  • Dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.
  • Dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.
  • Unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
  • Unlawful possession of a motor vehicle.

If you face a driving offence our criminal lawyers have the experience to best represent you.

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If you are charged with a drug offence, you need Craven Lawyers on your side. Our Brisbane criminal lawyers represent clients charged with an array of drug offences. These offences range from simple possession charges to trafficking in dangerous drugs. If you plead guilty to a drug offence, the Court is concerned with what you are doing to turn your life around. Our lawyers guide you on what you can do to show the Court you are taking positive steps to deal with any issues you may have.

Drug offences our lawyers help clients with include:

  • Possessing dangerous drugs.
  • Supply dangerous drugs.
  • Trafficking in dangerous drugs.
  • Producing dangerous drugs.

The types of things relevant for drug offences are:

  • The drug (is it a Schedule 1 or 2 drug).
  • The purity of the drug (e.g. if the drug is of a high purity, then there is the potential for it to be cut down).
  • The weight of the drug.

For trafficking in dangerous drug charges, relevant factors include:

  • The number of customers.
  • The period of the trafficking.
  • The size of drug sales.
  • If the operation is a sophisticated one or not.
  • Value of the sales and/or income derived by the defendant.
  • Who the drugs were being sold to.


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Fraud charges are serious and can land you in prison. Frauds can include many situations. Frauds persons are often charged with include Centrelink frauds, Medicare frauds and pawn broker frauds. In some situations, frauds can involve sophisticated and complex schemes. Craven Lawyers has represented clients with fraud offences at all levels. If you face a charge of fraud, you must contact our fraud experts. If the police has contacted you, get in touch with us now. Decisions you make now can change your life forever.

If you are facing a charge of fraud, our criminal lawyers have the experience to best represent you.


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Legal help is a must if you, a family member or a friend are charged with murder or manslaughter. These criminal offences are the most serious recognised by Queensland law and some of the most complex. Our criminal lawyers are here to guide you in understanding this complex area of law. They will explain the processes involved and your options.

When faced with a charge of murder or manslaughter, you need our experienced criminal lawyers in your corner. No two cases are identical. Our criminal lawyers will look at your case with a fine toothcomb to build you the best defence.

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If you are convicted of a robbery, you can almost guarantee a trip to prison. The Courts hand out heavy penalties for persons convicted of robbery. If you are charged with a robbery, it is imperative you get advice from a Brisbane criminal lawyer. Our criminal lawyers have represented many clients charged with robbery and have the experience to help you. If you go to trial, the main issue for the jury to decide is “Did you do it?”. The police will have evidence they think will link you to the robbery.  You need a criminal lawyer who is experienced in reviewing this evidence and challenging it.

Evidence police rely upon to prove robberies include:

  • DNA left at the crime scene.
  • Fingerprints located at the crime scene..
  • Photo board identification by witnesses who say you were there.
  • CCTV footage of the robbery.

If you are charged with robbery, our criminal lawyers have the skills and experience to represent you.

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If you have been charged or contacted by police regarding an alleged sexual offence, contact us now. Do not delay. Things you say and do early on can change the direction of your life forever. Do not for one moment thing you can handle the issue on your own, because you cannot. You need an expert sexual offence criminal lawyer helping you. Do the best thing you can to protect your future and phone our office on 1800 529 000.

Should you speak to the police?


Say nothing (except for telling them your name, date of birth and address) to the police without first getting advice from a criminal lawyer. Even if you are innocent, the police do not think you are. Police often try to get clients to do interviews with them. You know why? Because it makes their life easier. They know anything you say can be later used against you. Do not make the mistake of thinking by doing an interview it will make the allegations go away, because it doesn’t. Do not even discuss anything with the police even if you are not at a police station. Police often have recording devices on them and will try to get you to say things to them. You may tell police information they did not know and it may be the nail in the coffin for you. Trust us.

You can exercise your right to silence and refuse to do an interview with police (or discuss anything in relation to the allegations), no matter what anyone says.

If you tell police you do not want to do an interview, but they say they will do one anyway, tell them “I am exercising my right to silence and I have nothing to say”. In Queensland, if you refused to do an interview with police and you go to trial a jury cannot be told you refused to do one.

If you face a sexual offence, contact our highly experienced and talented criminal lawyers. They are here to help you.

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In Queensland criminal offences of violence include choking, suffocation, strangulation, threatening violence, wounding, grievous bodily harm and torture.  The Queensland Courts take offences of violence seriously. If you are convicted, you are facing some of the toughest penalties.

If you are charged with an offence of violence, you must get advice from a criminal lawyer. If you are found guilty, the consequences for you can change your life forever. Getting legal advice early can help place you in the best position to build your defence.

Our criminal lawyers have many years of experience in offences of violence. They are well aware of the legal issues that arise with these sorts of cases. They have the skills and experience to represent you best.

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Weapons offences are taken seriously in Queensland. A lot of the offences relating to weapons are located in the Weapons Act 1990 (Qld). There are also criminal offences involving weapons in the Criminal Code.

Criminal offences in the Weapons Act include:

  • Shortening firearms.
  • Possessing firearms.
  • Failing to store a firearm in the correct way.
  • Possessing unregistered firearms.
  • Unlawfully supplying a weapon to another person.
  • Possessing a knife in a public place or school.

If you are convicted of possessing weapons, you potentially face a high penalty. If you unlawfully possess a weapon you risk facing up to 13 years imprisonment.

There are some offences where the law says you must serve a minimum time in jail. This time can be up to 18 months.

If you are charged with a weapons offence, get in contact with us and we will help you.

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