Why choose Emma Turnbull Lawyers?

We are Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law with the Law Institute of Victoria. Firm Directors Emma Turnbull, Adrian Lewin and Partner Manny Brennan, together with Senior Criminal Lawyer Maddie Carroll have all been award Accredited Specialist status. We are not a jack of all trades firm, we are specialists, experts at what we do.

We are more than just mouth pieces. We take a holistic approach to your situation, appreciating what matters most to you and the importance of defending your rights. Our criminal lawyers are specialist defence advocates, we appear in Court daily and are fully familiar with the practices and procedures of the criminal justice system. With offices in Melbourne and Ballarat, we are available to represent you at whichever Court your case is listed.

We are discreet, will respect your right to confidentiality and support you throughout the process whatever your situation. We appreciate the need for discretion. We understand that very often family members, friends, sometimes even spouses are not informed about a person’s criminal charges. We are experienced in navigating criminal charges for a client in the most discreet of ways.

Our criminal lawyers do not chase media attention and do not encourage our clients to engage in with the media – we have never seen such tactics end well for an accused person.

Our criminal lawyers all have a deep understanding that there is always a backstory to how someone ends up before the Court or potentially charged with offences. There are two sides to every story in a criminal prosecution. We are Pragmatic, Honest and Understanding, we are here to support you through the process and not to pass judgement. 

Our industry knowledge and contacts mean that you will have the best criminal lawyers in Melbourne representing you. Combining in excess of 50 years dedicated practice in criminal law, you can rest assured our team of criminal lawyers, supported by our network of barristers, are able to provide the assistance you need.

Whether you are charged with driving charges, drug trafficking charges, sex offences, a council fine, drink driving, drug driving, breach intervention order, theft…the list goes on we are here to help. Our Melbourne based lawyers can conduct conferencing with you in person at our CBD office, at our Ballarat office or during COVID-19 lockdowns either online or via telephone.

We are industry leaders, recognized having won multiple awards for our service to clients. The firm is annually acknowledged as an industry leader in Doyle’s Guide. Founding Director Emma Turnbull has been acknowledged as a leading criminal lawyer every year since the firm’s inclusion in the list. In 2018 Emma won the ACQ5 Criminal Lawyer of the Year and she is a current Finalist in the Lawyer’s Weekly National Partner of the Year Awards for 2021. In 2019 Manny Brennan was acknowledged in Doyle’s Guide as a Criminal Law Rising Star and in 2021 he was promoted to a Partner in the firm. Senior Lawyer Maddie Carroll was named a Rising Star in Doyle’s Guide Criminal Law List in the 2021 rankings.

Our expertise has seen us accepted as a member of Victoria Legal Aid’s exclusive criminal law indictable crime panel. This means that if you meet their financial tests and your criminal charges meet their merit test, we can assist you via state funding in your case.