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Criminal Defence Lawyers
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All jurisdictions throughout Australia.

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Recent decisions in Victorian courts show that courts are more considerate than ever of surrounding circumstances when deciding bail applications. If you have been arrested for a non-violent crime, are in remand awaiting trial, or have a loved one currently serving a sentence who is suffering from diabetes, asthma or a heart condition – we strongly encourage you to speak to one of our expert criminal lawyers about lodging an application for bail.

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If you are facing criminal charges ranging from simple traffic matters through to the most serious offences, we provide the services you need to secure the best outcome.

Our 24 hour emergency helpline will provide you with the immediate advice you need, ensuring you avoid making any mistakes, in the critical first few hours of arrest, that will damage your case.

What happens when I’m charged?

This takes place either on the side of the road or at the police station when the police first contact you about an alleged offence and your involvement in it. You should always seek legal advice before speaking to any member of the Victorian police when concerned with an allegation.

Once police have completed their interview with you, if they feel they have sufficient evidence to have the allegations found proven, they will charge you. They will issue you with paperwork outlining the offences you are charged with. This paperwork is vital to our defence.

Whether you are summoned to court or bailed to appear at court depends on the charges. Bail is when the police have released you into the custody of a person who gives an undertaking that you will appear at a specified time and place to answer the charge against you. Have you been bailed to appear at court?

The final step is attending court for your case to be heard by a magistrate or judge. Any case that goes before a court is serious. Court opens at 9am each day and we will be there to ensure you do not face this stressful task alone. We speak to the prosecutors, court staff and manage the whole process by standing by you and speaking on your behalf for your best interests.

Garde Wilson Lawyers are experts in criminal defence. It's the only law we practice.

Firm founder, Zarah Garde-Wilson is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and is a registered practitioner with the High Court of Australia.

With over 20 years experience as a Melbourne criminal lawyer, Zarah has a track record of fighting and winning complex criminal law cases and has established a reputation as one of Australia’s most sought-after and trusted criminal defence lawyers..

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Why Choose Garde Wilson Lawyers?


Melbourne criminal defence specialist with more than 20 years of successful practice in defending charges ranging from minor driving offences to murder – Garde Wilson Lawyers carry an unrivalled tenure in defence against all criminal offences. Never leave your future or freedom in the hands of anyone but the best. Avoid jail, minimise or avoid licence loss and call our legal team today.


Garde-Wilson Lawyers reputation in matters of criminal defence is unmatched. Led by founding partner, Zarah Garde-Wilson, our team has provided advocacy and representation in some of Australia’s toughest cases, utilising unparalleled knowledge of the criminal justice system, courtroom prowess, and depth of expertise.

Focus on You

When you have Garde Wilson Lawyers behind you in court, you have a team of professional legal and administrative personnel at your disposal to best help you achieve an outstanding result for your case. Whether it be avoiding a jail term or keeping your licence, we specialise in achieving remarkable outcomes for clients in all criminal jurisdictions.

See what our clients are saying:


I couldn’t believe what a mess I’d created for myself and my family. Things had got so out of hand, and I was looking at a term of prison. Garde Wilson literally saved my life. My kids, wife and I wouldn’t be where we are today without their help. Forever grateful. Why speak to anyone else but the best. She’s amazing.

Eshan G, Narre Warren

It was my first time in court for driving charges. These guys literally stepped in and fixed the whole thing up for me. They kept it simple, explained everything, and all I had to do was turn up. They did absolutely everything else. Legends!

Simranjeet S, Meadow Heights

Garde Wilson Lawyers helped me to get out of trouble for the third time. I was so scared I was going to get sent to jail. They not only kept me out of prison, but they allowed me to put this behind me and focus on what matters. Zarah and her team are unbelieveable. Thank you so much once again.

Steph H, Glen Waverley

Why Choose Garde Wilson Lawyers?

We understand better than most the stress and angst that a criminal charge or circumstance can cause. From the moment you are charged, it is crucial to be informed of your legal rights and have a lawyer made available to you as per the criminal procedure enacted in the Criminal Procedure Act 2009. We know the law, the procedure that must be followed and will ensure your liberties, well being and future are taken care of with the utmost professionalism and expertise.

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