Expert Legal Advice and Representation

William Vahl, the principal of North Shore Criminal law, is the only Accredited Criminal Law Specialist in practice on the North Shore of Sydney.

He has over 20 years experience advising and representing people (including young people) who have been charged with criminal and traffic offences and who have to appear in Courts across Sydney. Those years of experience appearing in Courts across Sydney, combined with knowledge of Criminal Law and practice, and familiarity with the Judges Magistrates and Prosecutors and Police in these Courts enables him to provide you with the very best legal advice and representation so you get the best possible outcome. North Shore Criminal Law has long-standing relationships with the best criminal law barristers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other forensic experts, and also with the organisers of the highly regarded Traffic Offender Programs and MERIT (drug and alcohol) program. We have a very good record of achieving Section 10s for our clients.

  • Outstanding Legal Service
    We strive to provide you with an outstanding legal service. We conduct a painstaking and meticulous examination of the prosecution case against you so as to reveal any weaknesses it may have, and we investigate and advise you about every possible viable defence available to you. We vigorously assert your rights in all situations. We give you advice about the strength of the prosecution case so that you can be fully informed when deciding whether to plead guilty or not guilty. We speak with the Police or other prosecuting authority on your behalf and can often get charges withdrawn this way. If you have not already been charged, it is sometime possible to persuade Police not to charge you at all. We take time to understand what is important to you or your family. Often what is most important is avoiding a criminal conviction or avoiding a custodial penalty, or keeping your driving license. If you are in custody, or warrants have been issued for your arrest we vigorously pursue a grant of bail on your behalf by application to the Local Court and if necessary to the Supreme Court.
  • Careful preparation of your case
    Not only do we prepare your case very carefully, but we also help you (and any witnesses you have) prepare for your case, explain to you what you can expect when you have go to Court and, if you need to give evidence, how you should give your evidence. And we answer any questions you have. We advise you about character references, if you need them and what you should wear when you go to Court. We take the time and care necessary to thoroughly prepare you and your case.
  • Available 24/7 on 0400 44 64 24
    We can be reached by mobile phone and text message 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We attend Police Stations at any time of day or night, so if you have been arrested we can help you deal with the Police, give you advice, assert your rights and help you communicate with your family. Often Police will want you to take part in a Police interview and they will strongly urge you to agree to do so. We will advise you whether or not you should take part in a Police interview (our usual advice is that you should not) and we assert your right to refuse to take part in an interview if you choose not to.
  • Cost-effective
    Our legal costs are very competitive because we are a small firm, we have low overheads, and we operate efficiently. We can usually provide you with a fixed price quote for your case so there are no surprises. We appear in all Local and District Courts, particularly the Downing Centre Local Court, Manly Local Court, Hornsby Local Court, and Gosford Local Court. Due to our proximity to the Downing Centre Local Court we can appear for you there on a very cost effective basis. We also regularly appear at the Downing Centre Local Court and courts on the North Shore of Sydney as an agent for the clients of other law firms.