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LY Lawyers Gosford

Criminal law matters are extremely serious, and can often have severe consequences on your freedom and future.

To avoid both immediate and long-lasting consequences from a criminal offence charge, you must seek help from a team of highly experienced criminal law solicitors. Our Gosford lawyers are both skilled and competent in all criminal law matters, providing you with expert legal advice and representation.

No matter the charge, we will fight for you with the utmost professionalism and determination in the courts of Gosford to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Gosford Office

The LY Gosford office is conveniently located in the Gosford CBD. Contact us today on 1300 595 299. Our local Gosford team is here to help you.

Tel: 1300 595 299
Address: Shop B, 120 Erina Street, Gosford NSW
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Our Services

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, there’s no need to face the authorities and attend court alone. 

Our Gosford criminal law team can provide you with the following quality services:

  • Consultations (first meeting is free), where we examine the charge and present you with your options and possible outcomes.
  • Provide specialised legal advice relevant to your case to ensure your complete protection within the confines of Australian criminal law.
  • Open channels of communication with police (before charges are laid).
  • If you plead guilty, we will provide quality representation in either Gosford local court, high court or federal court.
  • If you plead not guilty, we will provide quality representation in your defence trial.
  • If found guilty, we will provide you with quality representation every step of the way in the criminal appeals process.
  • Provide assistance with bail applications. 

What Types of Criminal Offences Do We Service?

Our experienced criminal lawyers provide specialist advice and representation for a range of criminal offences charged in the Gosford and Central Coast Region.

Such offences include:

  • Assaults including: police assaults, resisting police, domestic violence, apprehended violence orders (AVOs) and serious violence offences.
  • Firearms and Weapons Offences.
  • Possession, Supply and Importation of Prohibited Drug offences.
  • Sexual and Indecent Assault offences.
  • Using carriage service offences.
  • Fraud offences.

LY Lawyers Gosford also provide expert legal services for all types of traffic law, including:

  • Drink Driving and Drug Driving.
  • Licence appeals (against the Roads and Maritime Services).
  • Section 10 “no conviction” applications.
  • Habitual Traffic Offender Declarations.

Which Court Will I Go To?

The location of your hearing will depend on which type of court is dealing with your case. In NSW, the local court deals with around 95% of criminal offence cases

In this instance, if you have been charged with a criminal offence within the Gosford region, it’s likely that the Gosford local court will deal with your case. However, more serious criminal offence charges can be dealt with by either the district court or the supreme court

You can find all the information you need for your upcoming hearing on your Court Attendance Notice or bail form. This document will contain important information such as the location, date and time of your court hearing, alongside any other relevant information you may need.

What Does the Legal Process Look Like at LY Lawyers Gosford?

The first consultation with one of our Gosford Solicitors will be free. In this meeting, we will discuss your legal options and present potential outcomes for your case.

If you are satisfied with our services, you can select one of our experienced barristers that will represent you in court. Following this, a dedicated legal team (including your barrister) will research and prepare your criminal matter before going to court. Your barrister will join you in court for every hearing until the case is finalised.

Throughout this process, LY Lawyers will consistently consult you and keep you up to date on any new information or revelations that may unfold in the moments leading up to your hearing. Our expert legal team are always open to any questions to help you feel informed and at ease during these stressful situations.

LY Lawyers Pricing Policy

LY Lawyers offer a fixed price policy on almost all of our criminal matters, meaning that you won’t have any extra stress from hidden costs.

We also understand that these situations are complex and emotionally straining for you. For this reason, our first consultation on every case is always free. This extends to our over-the-phone legal hotline, where we provide quick and easily accessible expert advice.

If you’ve found yourself involved in a criminal matter within the Gosford or Central Coast region, contact us at 1300 595 299 or send us an online enquiry.

LY Lawyers Case Studies


Our client, a 19 year old man with financial and drug related issues, was charged with two dozen offences of supply prohibited drugs ranging from small to commercial quantities.

The facts were negotiated to reflect that our young client was pressured by under-cover operatives to supplying larger amounts of drugs. Following extensive negotiations by our meticulous lawyers, the majority of the charges were successfully withdrawn. Our client then pleaded guilty to one count of supplying a commercial quantity of cocaine with two other supplies taken into account.

Mr Ly from the outset gave our client advice and guided him as to how to best rehabilitate himself in order to better his life as well as working towards achieving the most favorable outcome. To that end, during our client’s time in incarceration, he enrolled and completed a number of rehabilitation programs and educational courses. By the time sentencing came around, our client completely rehabilitated himself.

This offence carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment with a standard non parole period of 10 years. Our client was sentenced by His Honour Judge Haesler to a term of imprisonment of 2 years and 7 months with a non parole period of 14 months. At the time of sentencing, he had served just over 11 months, meaning he is to be released in under three months.

A fantastic and well-deserved result.

Our client was charged with driving with a illicit drug in her blood. This is a serious charge which carries a 6 months disqualification upon conviction. Furthermore our client was on her provisional licence and had her child in the vehicle at the time of the offence.

Our client instructed our firm that a disqualification would have a detrimental effect on her family life, particularly on her child who was required to attend regularly medical treatment.

The matter proceeded before Magistrate Swaine at Fairfield. Our solicitor argued that our client had smoked cannabis a number of days prior to the offence and was not aware that cannabis can last in the blood for up to six weeks.

Furthermore medical evidence was presented regarding our clients need to drive her child to medical appointments. It was further argued our clients good character and remorse would enable the court to be lenient on this occasion and not record a conviction

The court agreed and placed our client a bond pursuant to Section 10. No conviction meant no penalty or disqualification.

Our client was charged with driving under the influence of drugs (cannabis).

The police Facts Sheet stated that our client smoked cannabis at 5:30 am then drove at 12 pm of the same day.

Whilst driving, our client had an accident in which he sustained injuries. Upon being stopped by police our client was breath tested and returned a reading of 0.00. He was conveyed to hospital for his injuries and was observed by police having blood shot eyes and being ‘dazed, drowsy, and with slow speech’.

This prompted police to question our client about his cannabis use, to which he admitted to having used that morning.

A blood test revealed our client had present delta-9-THC less than 0.005mg per letre of blood and delta 9-THC- acid 0.026 mg per letre of blood.

Our solicitors obtained expert evidence from a psychologist that found the level of cannabis in our client’s blood could not have impaired our clients driving ability. In light of this evidence, we advised our client to plead not guilty and take the matter to hearing.

At the Downing Centre Local Court hearing before Magistrate Gilmour, the prosecution submitted expert evidence that our client was influenced by THC to the extent that his ability to drive was affected. Our solicitor submitted our psychologists report giving evidence contrary to the prosecution. The conflicting expert evidence was enough to cast reasonable doubt over the issue.

Her Honour found our client not guilty. An excellent result achieved by our dedicated solicitors.

Our client appeared at Downing Centre Local Court charged with driving whilst under the influence of a prohibited drug. He came before the Court as a young man with a terrible traffic record, having been suspended 9 times in the short time he held a licence and having 13 speeding fines on his record.

Our client had a special need for a licence and showed he could change his ways having committed no offences since his last suspension other than the offence which brought him before the Court and having completed the traffic offender Program.

Our solicitors managed to negotiate the facts with the Police and with a well prepared case was sentenced to a good behaviour bond with no conviction and no disqualification for a period of twelve months.

Our client was charged for his role in importing a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, being 585kg of Methamphetamine. He was also charged with the supply of 47g of methamphetamine, as a separate charge.

This was the largest ever recorded importation of methamphetamine in Australia’s history.

The offence carries a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

Our client was 21 years old at the time of the offence, and was recruited by others to participate in the movement of the drugs from the warehouse, upon them arriving in Australia. He was clearly a person who had a minor role in the offence and had little control over the enterprise and its operations.

He was recruited to undertake certain tasks, to enable those above him to keep a distance from detection.

Adam from our office fought hard to establish a strong case for leniency for our client, and was successful in establishing many mitigating circumstances that would lessen the overall jail term.

The case appeared before Sweeney J, in Sydney District Court in June 2014.

Our client was sentenced to a non-parole period of 4 years imprisonment.

An extraordinary result for an extremely serious charge.

Our client instructed our firm that a disqualification would have a detrimental effect on her family life, particularly on her child who was required to attend regularly medical treatment.

The matter proceeded before Magistrate Swaine at Fairfield. Our solicitor argued that our client had smoked cannabis a number of days prior to the offence and was not aware that cannabis can last in the blood for up to six weeks. Furthermore medical evidence was presented regarding our clients need to drive her child to medical appointments.

It was further argued our client’s good character and remorse would enable the court to be lenient on this occasion and not record a conviction

The court agreed and placed our client a bond pursuant to Section 10. No conviction meant no penalty or disqualification.

Our client was charged with a Mid Range PCA driving offence. Her blood alcohol concentration was 0.095. This offence carries heavy fines, an automatic period of disqualification for 12 months and a possible prison sentence.

It was essential for our client to keep her licence as she had three children in school and needed to drive them a considerable distance to school from her home.

She was also the sole carer of her mother who suffered from bipolar disorder. Her mother was heavily reliant upon our client to take her to medical appointments and treatment for her illness.

We advised our client that attending the Traffic Offenders Program would greatly assist her case, which she attended to diligently.

In May 2013 our client came before Magistrate Scherr at Burwood Local Court. Our solicitors submitted to the Court details of our client’s circumstances and evidence that she had completed the Traffic Offenders Program.

Our client received a Section 10(1)(b) bond for a period of 6 months. This meant that our client could continue driving without a penalty or a criminal record and did not receive any disqualification for committing the offence.

It also meant that our client’s criminal and traffic record remained clean. An excellent result for our client

Our client was charged with drink drinking, with a reading of 0.12. Our client was a truck driver who needed his license for work and being the sole provider for his family, we argued that his family would also suffer if he lost his licence.

Because our client could not speak English, he was unable to undertake the traffic offenders program.

Our Traffic and Drink Driving Lawyer appeared at Fairfield Local Court and was able to successfully argue for a Section 10, even though our client couldn’t undertake the traffic offenders program and the reading was on the higher end of the Mid- Range.

The court accepted there was extenuating circumstances and accepted that our client’s need for a licence and very good traffic record outweighed the need to record a conviction.

Our client received no penalty at all, and got his licence back from the court there and then

Our client was arrested by Police in breach of bail, when his partner made allegations against him stating he had assaulted her and he had threatened her with a gun. Police attended the premises and found a rifle hidden in the garden and found a several other gun parts.

Despite all odds, our solicitor obtained bail. In order to do so, she had to show new circumstances, as a prior application had been made, she then had to show cause under the new bail act, and satisfy the magistrate that he was not an unacceptable risk.

To achieve this, our solicitor’s preparation was key. She contacted witnesses and obtained statements which were crucial to the success of the application, enabling us to challenge the Crown case and show it was weak and our client’s detention was not justified.

Bail was granted by Magistrate McGlynn at Parramatta Local Court in early March 2015.

Our client was charged with serious offences of Supplying a Large Commercial Quantity of Prohibited Drug (approximately 2kg).His bail application in Burwood Local Court was refused.

We proceeded to the Supreme Court of NSW, where another application for bail was made on his behalf in June 2012.

After a 2 day hearing, our client was granted strict conditional bail. Our team successfully argued the following points:

  1. It would be not for another 12-18 months that our client’s case would go to trial, and if bail refused, he would have to wait this long in jail for his case to be heard.
  2. Despite the seriousness of the charge, there was no suggestion that he would leave the country or flee to avoid facing these charges.
  3. He had strong community ties and his family all in Australia.
  4. The prosecution case was a weak one, and there was some chance of him being acquitted of the charges.

Our client is now free to properly prepare his case and challenge the charges that have been put against him

Our client had an AVO in place against him that included that he not contact the victim by any means.

During the course of the AVO period, it was alleged that our client breached the AVO more than 100 times, by sending harassing emails to the victim.

We negotiated with the prosecution to reduce the number of emails sent to the victim, ultimately reducing the number of breaches to 40. Our client then pleaded guilty to an amended set of facts.

The matter appeared before Magistrate Holdsworth at Liverpool Local Court in May 2015. Our client’s case was diligently prepared with supporting evidence to argue his Section 10 application. This included character witness evidence, those of who also attended court on the day of sentencing. Also was evidence of overseas work travel, that which would not be possible if with a criminal conviction.

Ms. Holdsworth agreed with our submission, and proceeded to place our client on a Section 10 good behaviour bond.

Our client was charged with the offence of common assault.

His wife had alleged that our client kicked her in the stomach during a heated argument. Our client denied these allegations, saying that the contact he made was accidental and non-intentional. Our client then pleaded not guilty and the matter proceeded to a defended hearing.

Our solicitor vigorously cross-examined the alleged victim about her version of events.

Our client also gave evidence regarding his version of events. After hearing all the evidence the court found that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that our client had intentionally kicked his wife in the stomach, as alleged by the prosecution.

Our client was found not guilty and remains criminal conviction free.