Trials

Auckland Trial Lawyer

I am an experienced trial lawyer who achieves successful outcomes before juries and judges.

I have many years of successfully defending clients charged with all types of criminal charges – including sexual violence, assaults, fraud, drugs and firearms offending.

I take a careful and strategic approach to building your defence. I will consider the evidence, listen carefully to your instructions and find out how you want to run your defence. I will then give you straightforward advice, make sure you understand your options and provide you with my recommendations.

A successful defence often requires a team approach and so I routinely instruct defence expert witnesses along with private investigators to follow up leads and bring together the evidence needed to best shape your defence.

I believe that trial outcomes are often determined by preparation. I will work hard for you and take a no stone unturned approach in persuading a judge or jury that you are not guilty.

Case Studies

My client charged with rape. At trial the defence put forward was that the sex was consensual and that the Complainant had made up the allegation after regretting what took place. The Judge dismissed the charge after the Complainant’s evidence due to the inconsistences in her evidence.

My client charged with aggravated robbery. The evidence relied upon by the Crown was that the clothing worn by the offender was similar to the clothing worn by my client. Charge dismissed prior to trial due to there being insufficient evidence for the matter to proceed to trial.

My client charged with assault with intent to injure after an alleged assault outside an Auckland bar.  At trial the defence put before the jury was that the complainants had made up the allegations.  The jury returned a not guilty plea and my client was acquitted.

My client charged with injuring with intent to injure after he was alleged to be involved in a night-time street attack. At trial the defence put before the jury was that the complainant had made a mistake in identifying my client as the offender. The jury returned a not guilty plea and my client was acquitted.

My client charged with injuring with intent to injure after an alleged assault against a fellow party goer.   At trial, the defence put forward was that my client was acting in self-defence.  The jury accepted that my client was acting in self-defence and he was acquitted.

My client charged with male assaults female on his ex-partner and proceeded to a judge alone trial. The charge was dismissed by the Judge at the end of the police case after a successful cross-examination highlighting the inconsistencies in the Complainant’s evidence.

My client charged with assault on his wife following an argument over the custody of their children.  At the judge alone trial, the defence put forward was that the assault never happened and that the Complainant had made up the allegations to give herself an advantage in the upcoming custody proceedings.  The Judge was not satisfied that the Police had proved the charge beyond reasonable doubt and my client was acquitted.

My client was charged with assault with intent to injure and male assaults female after an alleged assault on his partner.  The defence put forward at trial was that the complainant had made up the allegations because she wanted to end the relationship and wanted my client to move out of her house.  The jury returned a not guilty verdict and my client was acquitted.

If you need a lawyer, give me a call.