Lamont Law is a leading criminal defence law firm appearing in Newcastle.

We practice exclusively in Criminal & Traffic Law.

Call us now and speak directly to one of our Newcastle Criminal Lawyers for a free and no-obligation discussion (02) 9188 0828 .

Our team of exceptionally talented and trusted criminal lawyers provide the highest quality of client service, and we consistently deliver exceptional results for our clients.

We are known and respected members of the Newcastle community. Our lawyers attend Newcastle and its surrounding courts regularly. We are familiar with the magistrates and judges who preside there. With our local knowledge and legal expertise, we are confident we can achieve the best possible result for you.

Lamont Law is one of the most successful law firms in Newcastle because we consistently deliver exceptional results. You can trust that our experienced team of criminal lawyers is driven to achieve the best possible result for you. Our lawyers consistently achieve ‘Not Guilty’ verdicts and non-conviction sentence outcomes, as well as avoid sentences of full-time imprisonment for our clients.

We specialise in

  • Assault
  • Drugs
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Firearms
  • Drink Driving
  • Traffic Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Apprehended Violence Orders
  • Appeals

We pride ourselves on offering exceptional client service. Being charged with a criminal offence is one of the most difficult situations a person can go through. We know that excellent communication with our clients is critical to making the entire process as painless as possible. We will listen to you and we will keep you informed every step of the way. We will carefully prepare your matter before court and we will answer any of the legal questions that you may have.
We appreciate that the cost of legal services is a concern for everyone, and we strive to minimise costs wherever possible. We offer fixed fees for most matters, and for serious crimes, we will provide you with an accurate fee estimate so that there are no surprises.

Lamont Law offers a free and no-obligation first telephone conference for clients who are going to court for criminal and traffic offences. Once you contact our office, we will obtain your paperwork and provide preliminary instructions concerning your matter.

We will then arrange an appointment with one of our experienced criminal lawyers, where we will discuss your case, advise you of your options, and explain how we may work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

Newcastle Court House

Our Lamont Law office is located at 17 Bolton St, Newcastle, NSW 2300. Newcastle Court House is located at 343 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300. Civic train station is a 2 minute walk away.  There is a car parking station on Wharf Road.

Our team of Newcastle Criminal Lawyers provide expert and affordable legal representation.

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If you are required to attend Newcastle Court, call us 24/7 on (02) 4048 2638 and we can discuss your matter right now.

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Why Choose Lamont Law

Excellent Record of Success

Our lawyers at Lamont Law specialise in criminal law, and we will expertly guide you through the criminal justice system. We will ensure that you receive the strongest representation, and we are determined to protect your rights. Our lawyers have a proven track record of excellence.

Highest Level of Service

We pride ourselves on providing expert legal advice and the highest level of service. All of our staff members are exceptionally friendly. You will be consulted consistently throughout the process, and we will answer any and all of your legal questions. 

Our experienced team of criminal and traffic defence lawyers regularly appear in Local and District Courts across New South Wales in a variety of different matters. We have a high success rate and hundreds of positive online reviews.

Local Professionals in Your Community

Our lawyers appear in court every day. We are familiar with local court magistrates. We know how to prepare your matter to obtain the best possible outcome.

All Courts

Our experienced team of criminal and traffic defence lawyers regularly appear in Local and District Courts across New South Wales.

Flexible Initial Conference Options

We provide flexible conference options over the phone, video or in person at our office locations across Sydney, the Hunter Region, the North Coast and the Central Coast.

Flexible Payment Options

We provide affordable fixed fees and payment plans for several kinds of matters. Call us now for a free and no-obligation discussion.

Hori Tira
April 30, 2024

Jelena did a great job. Very happy with the result. Thank you Jelena ☆☆☆☆☆

Horo Pou
April 22, 2024

I am extremely pleased to share with the general public the experience I have had in the last almost 2 years, with Lamont Lawyers, and in particular my legal counsel, Jelena Dobric of the aforementioned law firm. Jelena, in my opinion is, “simply the best” to coin the popular phrase. From day one she and her associates have been the epitome of professionalism and care for both myself and my family. They have left no stone unturned in their endeavours to represent my case. I am deeply grateful for the result that she achieved and do not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking similar par excellence legal representation. Jelena you are a Superstar.

Peter Scott
November 21, 2023

Joanna Pasternak represented me today. She is very knowledgeable and professional. Great outcome. Time to get on with the rest of my life.

Marzena Walasek Walasek
September 11, 2023

Jelena an Amazing Lawyer Experienced and understanding I could not be happier after leaving the court today. Thank You Kindly to You Jelena and Your Team.God Bless.

Dessie Rooney
July 5, 2023

Jelena is the best and very professional and very easy to work with and talk to. I done exactly what I was asked and I was lucky enough to walk out with no conviction thanks to jelena. I couldn’t be happier. If I went this alone without Jelena, I had no chance of getting that outcome that’s a fact As the old saying goes, You get what you pay for Thank you again Forever grateful

Sifu Wonga
June 30, 2023

I’d like to thank Jelena and Lamont Lawyers for all your help, I couldn’t have done it with out you! I greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Charlie Hudson
June 21, 2023

I would like to thank Jenela Dobric, for being such a superb solicitor in attending to my case. I would like to thank Jenela and Kristina for the work they did on my case. I would recommend Lamont Lawyers to anyone. Try to get Jenela Dobric. Her dedication is 2nd to none. Jenela is understanding and gives great guidance when it is required. I cannot thank Jenela enough, for getting the outcome the was achieved. Thank you, Charles Hudson

Michael Payne
April 22, 2023

I had a very positive experience with Joanna Pasternak representing my domestic violence matter. She was kind, friendly, supportive, and she took the time to hear my version of events. It was obvious that after our consultation, she was willing to do everything she could to get the best possible outcome for me, in which she was able to get my charges withdrawn before a hearing. This has saved me a lot of time and stress knowing that the matter has been resolved, and that I can get on with my life. I highly recommend having Joanna represent anyone who needs legal assistance with domestic violence matters. Thank you so much Joanna it was lovely meeting you. All the best.

marcus kanny
April 11, 2023

Joanna knew exactly what was relevant and efficiently navigated through complex matters to simplify the process, which ended up with a quick solution. Money well spent and hassle free.

Mal Johnston
February 18, 2023

I had the misfortune of having the need for representation in court and used Lamont Lawyers. Jelena represented me. She gave me sound advice which prepared me for the hearing and while there wasn’t much more she could have added, she spoke on my behalf calmly and professionally which I believe helped. Following Jelena’s advice, I did not record a conviction. I hope I don’t need her services again, but would not hesitate to engage her and Lamont Lawyers again. Thank you Jelena.

Riskyr R
October 28, 2022

Jelena and Joanna recently assisted my son with a criminal matter. They provided excellent support and advice. Thank you for ensuring a good outcome.

keyarnie forsyth
June 21, 2022

Thank you Jelena for helping me get my license back I’m very happy now I rate you more then 5 stars 😊

Chris Hawkins
June 9, 2022

Jelena was incredibly helpful with her advice and directions on my legal matter. The relief I feel right now . I can move on to the next step of the process with confidence. I thank you for the reassurance you gave to me. Chris Hawkins

Rodney Marshall
June 6, 2022

Would like to thank Jelena, she was very professional and made me feel comfortable with the court process, Very happy with my outcome. Would highly recommend this law firm.

daniel migliucci
June 5, 2022

Jelena Dobric was absolutely amazing. I can’t thank her enough, she went above and beyond for me to help me achieve an extraordinary outcome in my traffic matter with her astute diligence. An outcome I didn’t even think would be possible. I’m so truly grateful and appreciate all the hard work, I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer. Jelena is extremely professional, compassionate and amicable. She guided me through the whole process with expert legal advice from start to finish and ensured I understood everything efficiently. It made me feel relaxed and at ease during a very stressful time for me. I would definitely highly recommend Jelena and the Lamont Law legal services to anyone in need. She would be my first choice if I need any representation in the future. It was a pleasure to meet and work with Jelena.

Huss T
June 2, 2022

I had a very positive experience with Jelena who was very professional, and went above and beyond to ensure I had received the best possible outcome. Couldn’t have asked for better.

Hussein Tefaili
June 1, 2022

I had a very positive experience with Jelena who was very professional, and went above and beyond to ensure I had received the best possible outcome. Couldn’t have asked for better.

Hussein Tefaili
June 1, 2022

I had a very positive experience with Jelena who was very professional, and went above and beyond to ensure I had received the best possible outcome. Couldn’t have asked for better.

Sami Bailey
February 16, 2022

Couldn’t be happier with the outcome Jelena worked hard to attain for myself. She went above and beyond to provide a service that left me feeling confident in my decision in hiring her. Her high work ethic and dedication to her career was shown multiple times. I would highly recommend anyone who needs a confident solicitor who gets results to reach out and speak to Jelena.

January 24, 2022

I had a very positive experience with Jelena representing me, she was very calm and assuring. I had the best outcome possible for my case and her guidance and assurance was crucial to that. Even if the court had not ruled in my favour I feel that I was still well represented. She went above and beyond to ensure I was informed and comfortable. I could not recommend her highly enough.

November 29, 2021

Recently found myself in need of a lawyer. Contacted Lamont Lawyers, Jelena was excellent. Very thorough & professional. Secured a great outcome. Wouldn’t hesitate to use their expertise again. Many thanks..!

Vab Agrawal
November 28, 2021

I was represented by Jelena for a very difficult appeal for a speeding offence. I set my expectations very low given the seriousness of my offence but Jelena provided accurate, meticulous and measured advice on the best approach for my licence appeal. I am happy to say that I can drive again after successfully appealing a 6 month suspension and life can go back to normal. 100% recommend Jelena and Lamont for their dedication and professionalism throughout the process.

Daniel Jerabek
November 23, 2021

Rosie handled my matter excellently, her legal advice was excellent and she was so easy to discuss matters with, as well as keeping cost and time minimal. I’m extremely happy with the service provided.

Elizabeth Mildon
November 21, 2021

Absolutely amazing when I needed help with a matter and phone service when asking advice

Adam Mashman
November 17, 2021

Nothing short of excellent! “Very highly recommended”!

Amanda Pulga
November 11, 2021

I highly recommend Jelena Dobric. She is lovely to speak with, very professional and achieved the outcome I was hoping for. I could not have asked for a better lawyer in what was a very stressful time for myself and my family.

Kanak Sharma
November 2, 2021

I would like to thank Jelena Dobric for her response on my case and getting a positive outcome. She was extremely professional and helpful. Would highly recommend.

Damo caprice
October 21, 2021

Would highly recommend friendly compassionate and understanding 😀🤟

Tracey Johnson
October 21, 2021

Excellent Lawyers

pavi sambhi
October 18, 2021

Joanna was very Professional dealing with my case. She provide all the information with all the possible outcomes. Always ready to help me with the case. Highly recommended as you will not find anyone like her to Represent you in your court matter. Thank you so much Joanna for your time. It was lovely meeting you ??

Karen Dayball
September 30, 2021

Outstanding Service, Lamont Lawyers went above and beyond. Outcome was very pleasing, my matter was dismissed. They Always rang me when they said they would, and followed it up ,they took time to hear my side of the story without rushing me. I suffer from Anxiety and was extremely nervous about going to court for the first time. Joanna really helped by being friendly and professional, just to have people with experience on my side was brilliant. Can’t thank Joanna enough.

September 26, 2021

Rosie from Lamont Law went above and beyond for me in this traffic matter. As it was all new to me she guided me through the process and achieved a much better outcome than I was expecting. Would Highly Recommend.

Liz Spitty
September 23, 2021

Alex was professional, compassionate, informative & efficient throughout our case. He was honest & direct but also sincere. We felt confident and calm knowing that Alex would do his very best on our behalf, in and out of court, and that he really knew what he was doing to get the best possible outcome for us. Thank you Alex, we really appreciated having you on our team. We are truly grateful ???

Fahad Alghamdi
September 14, 2021

Jelena Dobric Helped with traffic law and represented at the court on the day. She was well prepared and helped me with everything from day1. I had positive outcome at the court I highly recommend Jelena.

Nikki Auckland
September 14, 2021

Very happy with my dealings. Jelena was great and punctual

September 13, 2021

Very happy with my outcome. Would recommend.

arun thekkany
September 6, 2021

I was so lucky that I got Rosie Philips as my solicitor.I am extremely happy that I received no conviction for my appeal.Thanks again to Rosie who is extremely good in her profession.Would highly recommend to any one.

Gary Dick
September 4, 2021

I would like to say a big thank you to Jelena Dobric who is one of Lamont Law professional solicitors. Her responsive action in traffic law helped me get a positive outcome in my case. I highly recommend her with regards to her expertise & insightful knowledge in traffic law.! Jelena was diligent with communication & could not have asked for a more professional person. Once again thank you.

Alex and Dave Watt
August 19, 2021

Alex was great. With my initial email enquiry he got back to me immediately. Jelena took my case. She is nothing short of Professional and Cleary respected my the court and the Magistrate assigned on my day at Court. Jelena was always available, gave me all the information and tools I needed and got the me the best possible outcome regarding my situation. Jelena was so caring and friendly and Non judgemental. I can’t thank her enough. Especially ladies looking for a caring and understanding solicitor , please look no further than Jelena. Alex, jelena is a huge asset to your business . Thank you so much.

Brandin Morris
August 2, 2021

My deepest thanks to Rosie Phillips for helping me through the most stressful time of my life and for saving my career. I couldn’t have done any of this without her knowledge and skill. I highly recommend Rosie for anyone in need of a professional and first-class solicitor. 5 stars!

Jacquelin F
August 2, 2021

I would like to say a very Big Thank you to Jelena at Lamont Lawyers. She has been incredible to work with as our family lawyer, she handled my brothers matter with such great Professionalism and care. Jelena was responsive to all my emails and provided great advise. She clarified any queries I had & really went above, by keeping me up to date in all correspondence with other parties. As a result we achieved the outcome we were hoping for. It was such a pleasure to work with her! & I Truly wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Jacquelin F
August 2, 2021

I would like to say a very Big Thank you to Jelena at Lamont Lawyers. She has been incredible to work with as our family lawyer, she handled my brothers matter with such great Professionalism and care. Jelena was responsive to all my emails and provided great advise. She clarified any queries I had & really went above, by keeping me up to date in all correspondence with other parties. As a result we achieved the outcome we were hoping for. It was such a pleasure to work with her! & I Truly wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

July 27, 2021

“The relief I feel is today is palpable, so many thanks to Lamont Lawyers and in particularly Jelena Dobric who was a delight to work with. Jelena was very clear and very helpful with all aspects of my case. She was wonderful with the magistrate, keeping the plea going until the end to achieve a no conviction result.” Geoffrey S

Rochelle Moore
July 7, 2021

We had the best outcome and excellent experience with Alex and Jelena…..they achieved a brilliant outcome with Alex ‘s representation in court so professional and highest legal performance… thankyou again for all your help for our family ?

greg mullane
June 26, 2021

Attention to detail from Alex resulted in the best possible outcome.Highly recommended.

Justine Mullane
June 24, 2021

Best possible outcome – could not recommend enough.

Very professional and understanding. Wouldn’t hesitate to contact them again if I ever need it. Thank you very much!

Justin Back
June 2, 2020

We couldn’t be happier with the work Alex and Lamont Lawyers did on our behalf. The professionalism but importantly the flexibility and understanding that was shown was outstanding and exceed my expectations. I am pleased to recommend Lamont Lawyers.

Megala –
April 28, 2020

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rosie Philips for handling my daughter’s case with so much professionalism and compassion. We could not have gone thru such a traumatic legal situation like this unscathed without you. During the whole process you took time to explain matters to us patiently with a lot of empathy and sensitivity. Comforting us with your calming and soothing words and at the same time managing realistic expectations of case outcome. You gave us strength when we had lost ours. You gave us hope when we were crushed and devastated. And you were always, always there – responsive to our emails and text messages and accessible by phone when we needed you. With your expert legal knowledge, skill and diligence you brought a favourable end to our case. We are very, very happy with the outcome of the court decision. No conviction and no suspension. My daughter still has a bright future ahead of her – thanks to you. I will highly recommend you to my family and friends. R M Devi

Thomas Nolan
April 28, 2020

Great outcome

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  • Based on crime statistics from 2012 to 2022 in postcode 2300(Newcastle), the most common crimes were as follows:

    1. Theft: 9,545 incidents.
    2. Against Justice Procedures: 5,093 incidents.
    3. Malicious Damage to Property: 2,790 incidents.
    4. Assault: 2,758 incidents.
    5. Transport Regulatory Offences: 1,753 incidents.
  • The typical stages of a criminal case in the NSW court system for someone facing criminal charges are as follows:

    1. Court Attendance Notice (CAN): The process begins with receiving this notice to appear before the court for the alleged offence.
    2. Mention: This is the first court date you or your criminal lawyer must attend. You can enter a guilty plea or a not guilty plea or request an adjournment to seek legal representation.
    3. Committal Hearing: If pleading not guilty, a committal hearing may determine if there is sufficient evidence to commit the matter to a jury trial.
    4. Defended Hearing or Jury Trial: Cases that proceed go to trial, where they are heard either by a judge and jury or a judge alone, depending on the severity of the alleged crime.
    5. Acquittal: If the judge or jury finds you not guilty, you will be acquitted of the criminal charges.
    6. Sentencing: If a guilty plea is entered or you are found guilty, the court will impose a sentence proportional to the offence and relevant circumstances.
    7. Criminal Appeal: If dissatisfied with the outcome, both the defendant and prosecution have the right to file a criminal appeal within 28 days of the case being finalised.
  • In the greater Newcastle area, the courthouses with the highest reviews on Google as of May 2024 are:

    1. Singleton Court House – 5/5
    2. Kurri Kurri Local Court – 4/5
    3. Newcastle Local Court – 3.7/5
    4. Belmont Court House – 3.7/5
    5. Cessnock Court House – 3.4/5
  • If you cannot afford legal representation in Australia, there are several options to explore:


    • Legal Aid: A government-funded program providing free legal assistance to those facing financial hardship. Each state has eligibility criteria covering matters like criminal charges, family disputes, apprehended violence orders (AVOs), etc. You’ll need to meet certain income tests.
    • Victoria Legal Aid: Offers free services like legal advice, criminal defence lawyer representation in court, assistance with family law matters, criminal law issues like assault causing bodily harm, drug offences, fraud charges, etc., for disadvantaged Victorians facing hardships, disability, violence, etc. Contact them on 1300 792 387.
    • Legal Aid Queensland: Provides free initial advice, duty lawyer services, and lawyer representation if granted legal aid based on means tests. It covers criminal matters like grievous bodily harm, sexual offences, drug driving, and property offences. It also assists with family disputes through lawyer-assisted mediation. Offices are across Queensland.
    • Community Legal Centers (CLCs): Independent non-profit organisations that give free legal information, advice, and sometimes representation for areas like criminal law, traffic offences, employment law, and tenancy issues, depending on the CLC’s focus.
    • Pro Bono Services: Get matched with private lawyers taking on cases for free via the Australian Pro Bono Centre based on eligibility. It covers serious indictable offences, intention to defraud, etc.
    • Legal Referral Services: Contact law societies that can refer affordable fixed-fee lawyers, including criminal lawyers in Sydney, for summary crimes, offensive language matters, and some indictable cases in the Sydney region.
    • Duty Lawyer Services: Free legal advice and representation by the duty criminal defence lawyer for some bail applications, pleas, and simple court matters.
  • In Australia, there are three main types of lawyers – non-practising lawyers, barristers, and solicitors. The key distinction lies between barristers and solicitors.

    Barristers are specialised lawyers who represent clients in higher courts and provide expert legal representation for complex cases. They are often consulted by solicitors for their specialised courtroom skills and expertise in presenting legal arguments during jury trials.

    Solicitors, on the other hand, are lawyers who provide legal advice, draft documents, and can appear in court, but their main focus is not courtroom advocacy. When a legal matter proceeds to court, solicitors typically retain a barrister for their advocacy skills.

    Barristers are renowned for their courtroom advocacy and ability to prepare matters meticulously for trial, especially in higher courts. They often dedicate their careers to specialising in specific areas of law, such as corporate crime, criminal law, administrative law, or family law.

    Solicitors wear suits in court, while barristers, depending on the court’s traditions, may additionally wear a white wig and black robe.

    Solicitors typically work in small practices or law firms, while barristers work independently as sole practitioners. Barristers cannot directly accept or hold client funds (trust money), so they rely on solicitors to handle the financial aspects of a case.

    Solicitors are responsible for obtaining work and are usually briefed by other solicitors, whereas barristers build their client base by cultivating professional relationships with solicitors and law firms who seek their expertise.

  • In New South Wales (NSW), young individuals may face various criminal charges, with some of the most common offences being:

    • Theft offences: Ranging from shoplifting to more serious forms of theft.
    • Assault charges: Involving physical harm or threats of violence towards another person.
    • Drug offences: Such as possession, use, or distribution of illegal substances.
    • Public order offences: Disorderly conduct, offensive behaviour in public spaces, or offensive language.
    • Traffic offences: Including speeding, driving without a licence, drink driving, or drug driving.
    • Property damage or vandalism: Destruction or defacement of property.
    • Burglary or break and enter: Unlawful entry into a building with the intent to commit a crime.

    Firearm offences: Possession of illegal firearms or using a firearm to commit a crime.

  • A bail application is a legal request made by an accused person or their criminal defence lawyer when facing criminal charges. It seeks temporary release from custody before the matter proceeds to trial.

    When considering a bail application, the court evaluates various factors, such as the nature of the criminal charges, any prior offences, and the likelihood of the accused appearing for future court dates.

    Criminal lawyers in Sydney, like those at Lamont Law, assist clients in preparing strong bail applications to increase the chances of securing release on reasonable conditions, such as regularly reporting to the police or adhering to certain restrictions.

    Having skilled legal representation for a bail application in the NSW courts is crucial, especially when accused of serious offences like assault causing bodily harm, armed robbery, firearm offences, or other violent crimes.

    Experienced criminal lawyers can present compelling arguments and evidence to the court, highlighting factors that support the accused’s release on bail. This may include demonstrating strong community ties, employment status, or proposing strict bail conditions to alleviate any perceived risks.

    Additionally, criminal defence lawyers can assist with bail applications at various stages of the legal process, such as seeking variations to existing bail conditions or appealing a decision to deny bail.