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Meet Our Expert Gold Coast Criminal Lawyers

With over 75 years of experience under our belt, Rana Lawyers has emerged as a leading team of criminal lawyers on the Gold Coast. Every day, we passionately fight for our clients’ rights, combining our vast experience with unwavering professionalism and dedication.
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Wherever You Are, Our Criminal Lawyers Can Help

Rana Lawyers is centrally located in Brisbane, but our services know no boundaries. Our criminal lawyers are available to travel all over Queensland including the Gold Coast to represent and support you. From Coomera to Tweed, we’re just a drive away, committed to giving you representation in any Queensland Court.

Our mission is simple; to deliver timely advice and a robust defence for every client. With the deep expertise of our diverse team, Rana Lawyers approaches each case with precision and an unwavering focus on results.

Criminal Lawyers By Your Side in Every Gold Coast Court

When you’re faced with a criminal charge on the Gold Coast, having a lawyer who is well-versed in the local court intricacies is essential. Rana Lawyers brings that local expertise to legal matters by advocating for clients across various courts on the Gold Coast.

Our criminal lawyers are no strangers to the halls of the Southport Courthouse, the primary courthouse serving the Gold Coast area, or specialist courts like the Domestic Violence Court. We understand that each court operates with its unique set of protocols and personnel. 

This local insight extends beyond procedural familiarity. We’ve built relationships, and this means that when we walk into a courtroom, we’re not just representing you; we’re navigating a system we know intimately to secure you the best possible outcomes.

Committed to the Gold Coast Community

Our dedication goes beyond court representation; we are genuinely committed to the Gold Coast community. For us, this isn’t just where we work—it’s where we build relationships, foster trust, and strive to make a difference.

Our commitment to our clients is unwavering, making us not just criminal lawyers on the Gold Coast but criminal lawyers for the Gold Coast community.

Why Choose Rana Lawyers?
Always Available 24/7

We know that legal dilemmas often happen outside of business hours. Whether it's midday or midnight, we are ready to provide the critical advice you require.

Diverse Team of Experts

Our team isn’t just vast; it's varied. We have specialists from numerous legal backgrounds, ensuring you get the expertise tailored to your specific needs.

Results Driven

Success isn’t just an aim; it's an expectation. Our track record of successful outcomes speaks volumes about our commitment to our clients.

No Need For Barristers in Most Matters

Why hire an entire legal team when you don’t need to? With our team, you’ll get comprehensive representation, making the process simple and cost-effective.

100% Client Focused

For us, every client’s problem is a cause, not just a case. We’ll give you the attention, respect, and diligence you deserve.

75+ Years’ Experience

Knowledge comes with experience. With over four decades in the field, we've honed our skills and will ensure that you benefit from our extensive expertise.

What is the difference between a solicitor and a barrister?

Traditionally, a solicitor takes instructions from clients and briefs a barrister for advocacy purposes, such as appearing in Court. However, there has been a significant shift in this historical concept over time and solicitors have taken over advocacy in significant jurisdictions, known as solicitor advocates. At Rana Lawyers, our solicitors frequently appear as solicitor advocates in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts in complex criminal matters.

The short answer is yes. Anytime a defendant is charged with an offence, there is an obligation on the defendant to appear in Court with certain exceptions. If a defendant is given a notice to appear, they must appear in Court without exception. If a defendant is placed on bail by the Police, they are generally required to attend Court unless a solicitor can appear in their stead and have the defendant’s appearance excused. However, prior to making a decision, it is important to consult a solicitor because each case varies depending on the charge.

Sometimes, you will see an option to plead guilty online. This is applied to a handful of very minor matters (such as public intoxication). It is important that you seek advice on the charge before deciding whether you can plead guilty online because a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

All charges commence in the Magistrates Court, whether it is drink driving or murder. At the first mention, certain charges that must progress to the District or Supreme Court will be placed in what is called the ‘committal stream’. The Court will direct that a brief of evidence be disclosed to the defendant by the Police, which ordinarily takes a few months (this varies depending on the charge). Once the brief is fully disclosed, the defendant is ordinarily committed to the superior Court. You will have the opportunity to cross examine witnesses or ask the Court to dismiss the charge for a lack of evidence.

It is always advisable to immediately seek legal advice. Even if the charge is minor, and you decide that you do not require legal advice, it would be in your best interests to book in an initial conference, which is free of charge with Rana Lawyers, to understand:

a. The Court process;
b. Your options;
c. Potential outcomes;
d. Whether there is a defence;
e. Whether there is a risk of a significant penalty being imposed.

There are several mechanisms for the Police to obtain your DNA and unless you challenge whatever mechanism they use, you will have to. It is important to seek legal advice because in many matters, DNA may be an important piece of evidence the Police use to build a case against you.

The general rule is always seek legal advice before you decide to speak with the Police and, in most instances, you will be told not to do an interview with the Police. The reason is everything you say is recorded and can be used for the Police to build their case or in Court against you. Prior to doing an interview, you do not receive any evidence or a complete analysis of a Police case. There are serious risks in doing an interview uninformed because if you say something that is inconsistent with objective evidence (such as camera footage), the Court may draw an inference that you lied, as opposed to making a mistake, because you had a guilty conscience and were trying to conceal the truth.

Police cannot search your house unless they have a warrant. There are certain exceptions to this rule, such as investigating a domestic violence offence or an emergent search for a particular purpose such as protecting the integrity of evidence.

A warrant is a document that permits Police to enter your home without your consent. This must be signed by a Justice of the Peace or a Magistrate. It is important to remember not to speak to the Police, save for giving your name and identifying details, without speaking to a lawyer first. Ordinarily, the Police will be recording the entirety of the search of your home and whatever you say may be recorded.

Some warrants may be set aside because they are defective or because they have been obtained improperly.

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