Criminal Lawyer Costs

 Criminal lawyer costs

Affordable representation by one of Melbourne’s leading criminal law firms. No surprises or hidden costs. Flexible payment options. All work conducted by senior lawyers.

Free initial consultation

To organise a free consultation with one of our criminal lawyers call our office on 1300 616 184 or click here to send us a message.

Fixed fees

Our legal fees are fixed and transparent. They will be outlined in writing following your initial consultation, so you will know from the outset how much you’re looking at.

We can usually beat any fee quoted by another firm. Call us on 1300 616 183 to discuss.

Criminal lawyer costs…how much?

Criminal lawyer costs vary from case to case.

They will depend on a number of factors including:

  1. Which court your matter is heard in (Magistrates’ Court matters are usually less expensive);
  2. Whether you intend to plead guilty or not guilty the the charge(s) (a guilty plea is usually cheaper as it involves less court appearances);
  3. The complexity of you matter; and
  4. Whether we need to subpoena witnesses or documents etc.

We have structured our firm so that we can keep our fees as low as possible. We don’t charge for things you don’t need and we won’t charge hundreds of dollars for things that will take us 10 minutes.

Because each matter is different it is very difficult for us to give a generic fee estimate. If you’re worried about costs, call us. We are flexible and honest with our fees, and are always willing to work with our clients to ensure that they do not have to go to court unrepresented.

Criminal lawyer costs in the Magistrates’ Court


If you intend to plead guilty to a charge(s) in the Magistrates’ Court your fees will usually at the lower end of the range. This is because there are less court appearances and, usually, less complex legal arguments involved. You can help us reduce costs by calling us as soon as possible, so that we have ample time to conference and prepare prior to your court date.


If you intend to plead NOT guilty you will need to attend a number of different court dates. Ordinarily you will need to attend, at least, one mention hearing, one contest mention hearing, and the contested hearing (the contested hearing is the day on which evidence and witnesses are called by defence and prosecution, sometimes referred to as the trial).

Total fees can range significantly, depending on the complexity of your matter. A detailed estimate specific to your matter can be given once we speak to you.

If your matter resolves sooner rather than later, you will only pay for fees incurred up to that point. Many firms do not have this policy.

If your matter runs all the way to a contested hearing and you are successful, we can make an application to the court seeking an order that the police reimburse you for your legal costs.

Criminal lawyer costs in the County Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal 

If your matter is to be heard in the County Court, Supreme Court, or Court of Appeal it is best that you speak to us directly about a costs estimate. These proceedings are usually more expensive than those in Magistrates’ Court, but there are many variables. Call us, we’ll explain.

Legal Aid funding

Although we’re a private firm we also represent clients funded through Victoria Legal Aid. If you are eligible for Victoria Legal Aid funding your criminal lawyer costs will be covered by Victoria Legal Aid. We can submit an application for funding on your behalf.

Please be aware that legal aid funding guidelines for criminal lawyer costs are very strict, and are not up to us. Whether you are eligible will depend on a number of factors. This best discussed with us directly.


To speak to us about representation and criminal lawyer costs call us on 1300 616 183 or click here to make an appointment.