Three Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Criminal Lawyer

Facing criminal charges can be a stressful and frightening experience. Your reputation, your livelihood, even your liberty may be at stake. The importance of engaging an experienced specialist criminal lawyer to represent you cannot be undermined. When your liberty is at risk the consequences of engaging the wrong lawyer to represent you will go well beyond disappointment, wasted time and money.  Needless to say, taking the time to carefully consider your options for legal representation is absolutely essential.


Question 1. Enquire About The Lawyer’s Background And Experience.

 We suggest you make enquiries into the lawyer’s education, when they were admitted as a practitioner, their career experience in defending people charged under the criminal law. Specifically you should ask the lawyer the following questions:

  • What year did they complete their law degree;
  • For how long have they practiced criminal law and what kinds of cases have they worked on in the past;
  • In which courts have they appeared and acted as legal counsel; and
  • Whether the lawyer or the legal practice in which they work focuses exclusively on criminal law matters.

Andrew Williams has presented this information. His educational credentials, work history and expertise in the practice of criminal law are detailed on this page.

Question 2. Does The Legal Practice Focus Exclusively In Criminal Law Matters?

There are a lot of law firms practicing in WA. Most of them focus on areas of the legal profession other than criminal law. For advice and representation on criminal law matters it’s important to engage a lawyer whose practice focuses solely in criminal law. At the Law Offices of Andrew Williams we don’t practices other areas of law like Family Law, Property Law, Commercial Law or matters of that kind. Our firm specialises and practices exclusively in criminal law and traffic law matters. Andrew Williams has dedicated his whole legal career to representing persons accused of offences under the criminal law of WA.

Question 3: Will You Be The Lawyer To Handle My Case In Court?

If you engage a larger law firm in particular, be aware that the lawyer you initially meet at the firm may not be the person who ultimately defends you in court. Your relationship with your criminal lawyer should be one built on confidence, trust and understanding. How can you possibly have confidence and trust in your lawyers when the conduct of your file changes hands? You simply can’t. With this in mind, ask the lawyer if they will be the one taking care of your case from start to finish. Ask them if they are the person who will represent you and advocate for you in court. At the Law Offices of Andrew Williams, every single client’s matter is overseen and attended to by Andrew Williams himself. The client-lawyer relationship is built on confidence and trust and we aim to preserve the integrity and trust of that relationship.

Engage Andrew Williams As Your Criminal Lawyer In Perth Today.

If you are facing criminal law charges arrange a meeting with Andrew Williams for specialist criminal law advice and representation. Contact the Law Offices of Andrew Williams today to make an appointment.

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Testimonials Hear from our valued Clients

I had Andrew deal with my case recently and couldn't of been happier with the result he got for me.
From the start Andrew was quick to reply to any questions and queries i had regarding my matter. He was very professional in my opinion, very easy to talk to and explained things quiet well.
I felt very comfortable in the court room knowing that Andrew wanted to get the best result he could for me, and i would highly recommend Andrew Williams to anyone who needs a lawyer.

Colin W

I was on a very tight rope where if it balanced the wrong way it would have totally devastated my life.  Andrew was honest through the entire process preparing me for the worst but never let me give up and thankfully with his help got a great outcome that let me move forward with my family .I cant praise Andrew enough and recommend him 100%

Jason M

I trusted that Andrew was the person to defend my case in our initial contact on the phone. He was very confident in his approach, from the first point of contact to the court room. I believe this must be from years of experience. Another added bonus for Andrew is that he is very honest and fair. He tells you like it is in the book of law and does not appear manipulative. His communication skills helped me help him to form a best defensive argument for my case. In other words, he made me comfortable to open up to him. In the end, he was able to convince the judge to let me off with only warning for providing misleading information to the police officer, which can be recorded as a criminal record against your name for 10 years.

Abraham A

Unhappy with my then representation, I went searching for a new lawyer. Andrew responded quickly and professionally to my enquiry. It was quickly apparent during the first meeting that Andrew was knowledgeable, honest and was committed to getting us the best possible outcome. Andrew looked at all avenues available to me in a Magistrates Court matter. He negotiated on my behalf with the prosecution, attended 3 court hearings and defended my plea at a sentencing hearing. Andrew presented strong arguments in my defense and I was very pleased with a successful outcome. Andrew was also transparent and reasonable with his capped fee costing structure.

Timothy R

After being charged with Common Assault of a minor I made a sensible decision not to use the local Kununurra law firm. I engaged Andrew Williams to assist me with resolving this matter (to the point of me being awarded costs). Despite being 4000km away I never had any issues with Andrew's commitment to my case. He promptly returned all calls and demanded I do likewise when important information needed to be exchanged. I found him to be an intelligent, straight-talking and knowledgeable legal counsel. I have no hesitation in recommending this likeable and professional lawyer to those that require legal representation. Especially those that reside in regional or remote areas where there is no choice.

David C

Andrew Williams is a laywer of much dedication I will never have the words of gratitude and admiration for his honesty and integrity I would highly recommend him to anyone who may require his services in the future

Helen L

I just wanted to take my time to explain my experience with Andrew Williams. I had an incident that could have really affected my future. As anyone does I called around all the lawyers in Perth and just not any lawyer but the ones who are highly respected amongst other lawyers and get the results. I have a friend who works in the industry and she recommended Andrew. She said she always sees Andrew in the paper with amazing outcomes to cases that he gets for his clients I first called his office and left a message with the receptionist. At the time he was on leave and it was his wife birthday. He promised her he wouldn't be bothered with work (this was at christmas time as well) he made the effort and called me to see if I was okay and how everything was. From that moment on I knew I had found my lawyer. When you are going to court you want someone who is going to care about you and go the extra mile and not just pay you off. From the whole experience he was straight with me and very honest. My case was not an easy one and it could have been a very bad outcome. Andrew went out of his way to get me what I wanted. Throughout the whole process I felt like I was dealing with a friend. He was very professional and got the outcome I wanted. I really couldn't recommend Andrew any higher. He gave me a second shot. Thank You again mate.

Phillip C

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