We know from experience that there is no black and white, and that everyone who faces Court has a different story to tell. We will provide you early advice on how to deal with the Police, and negotiate in the strongest terms with the Police Prosecutor and DPP. We will ensure your future is not simply left up to the system.
About Justin Sibley (Director)
Justin Sibley approaches his representation of you in court as he did when a Barrister. Now as a Solicitor, he continues to fight for fairness for his clients, knowing that the system often fails to achieve this. He will work hard to achieve the very best outcome for you, whether you are going to trial or pleading guilty.
And as a former Police Officer, Justin Sibley has unique insights into how the Police work, and will use that insight to develop the best strategies for your defence. Justin started his career as a police officer in 1997, working in criminal investigative squads including in Major Crime and in the Child and Sexual Assault Unit, before being admitted as a Barrister in 2001. He then joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Following overseas postings to SEA and the ME as a Counter Terrorism officer, Justin resumed his work as a Barrister in 2015, before establishing a his legal practice in 2017.
Justin Sibley uses his unique insights from his experience as both a Barrister and a Police Officer to take a strategic yet practical approach to criminal law, elements that are critical for our clients.
Justin is committed to the very highest level of defence and works tirelessly to ensure the Police and Prosecutors act fairly and honestly.
The system can feel like it is working against you and we too often see the rights of individuals being ignored, with the attitude that the ends justify the means. At Sibley Lawyers, we strive to hold the system to a higher standard of fairness.
Whether you need a defence lawyer in the Magistrates Court or the District and Supreme Court, your case deserves the strongest advocacy possible.
About Robert Sibley (General Counsel)
Robert Sibley has extensive experience as a practicing Barrister and brings to bear a high level of expertise and experience in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence Law.
He has over 40 years of experience in the Criminal Justice System at all levels having working for the Public Defenders Office, the DPP, the Special Prosecutor’s Office and as a Barrister in private practice.
Robert Sibley was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the QUT Law School in Brisbane and at the Law School of the University of the South Pacific at Port Vila, Vanuatu and at Suva, Fiji. He is a Visiting Fellow at the QUT Law School in Brisbane. He has developed and presented training courses for Queensland Police Prosecutors. He has appeared as a Barrister in a number of specialist roles.
Robert Sibley is now a Solicitor consulting as General Counsel, and assists in ensuring our clients receive the best representation possible.
The rest of our team members have a range of experience including as Prosecutors and Defence, and working with Probation and Parole. Our lawyers have a deep belief in the fundamental that there is no black and white, and each of our clients has their own story to be told.
Our clients can’t control which Court they appear in, but can control their choice of legal representative. We are committed to assisting our clients where they need us, appearing throughout Brisbane, and from Ipswich to Southport and the Sunshine Coast. You do not pay anymore for this service. We are trusted by all our clients to achieve the best outcome possible, and will likewise ensure you receive the very best representation, whatever and wherever your needs. Call now for a free consultation(07) 3180 0120
Don’t leave your defence to another lawyer who may quickly eat through your money, before they have even stepped inside a Courtroom. We prefer to set our fees based on the work you need, which is to negotiate with the prosecutions, and fight your matter in Court. Criminal defence is about fighting for justice. Doesn’t your defence deserve a Criminal Law Specialist advocating on your behalf?
INVESTIGATION AND DEFENCE
A lawyer who understands how law enforcement agencies operate and collect evidence is critical to unlocking your defence.
We know how the system works, and also how it can be used to work against you. We will use this experience to get you the best outcome.
DEFENDING YOUR MATTER
If you have been charged, you need someone that is going to be personally invested in your case and stand up for you.
It is ok to feel overwhelmed and that the system is work against you.
We assist clients facing all manner of criminal charges from serious assaults and drug trafficking offences, to sexual offences and murder. As a former Barrister, we approach all our matters with the highest degree of advocacy possible. We care about ensuring you achieve a just and reasonable outcome, and will fight to achieve this.
We can assist you with:
If you are being investigated, or have been arrested and need to appear in Court, you need to get advice early from a specialised criminal defence lawyer, who knows how the Police and Prosecutors work.
We focus on Court advocacy, having trained and practised as a Barrister. As such we are uniquely placed to conduct your trial for you. We brief only the best Barristers to assist us.
If you are looking for a defence lawyer who will argue your side tirelessly, you should engage Justin Sibley.
Traffic related offences are not to be trifled with. Offences like Unlicenced Driving, Drugs and Drink Driving can easily result in lengthy disqualifications, convictions and jail time. If you have been charged with a traffic offence, it makes sense to ensure you get the best result possible.
We will fight your matter with conviction, and ensure you get the best defence possible.
If you are pleading guilty, do not leave your defence to just any other traffic lawyer who will simply make short submissions from a notepad and leave it up to the Magistrate to decide what penalty to impose.
Get the right advice from the very best traffic lawyer who will guide you to the best outcome.
It is in your interests to speak to us now. We have successfully argued and had Courts impose lower ranges of disqualifications, and impose concurrent sentences where previously it has been the norm to make these cumulative. Choosing us means your actual time without a licence may be less.
We will help you with: • Drink Driving • Drug Driving • Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle • Driving with Out Due Care and Attention • Traffic Accident Related Offences • Disqualified and Unlicenced Driving • Appeals • Work Licences • Special Hardship Licences
If you have been ordered to appear before a compulsory hearing, we can assist with preparation and representation.
Depending on the charges, and the Court you are before, you may be eligible for Justice Mediation. Contact us to talk about whether Justice Mediation will work for you.
We find the police are too quick to object to people’s bail, not keeping in mind the presumption of innocence and the extraordinary impact that the deprivation of liberty has on a person. Often the justification for bail objections is misplaced, if not wrong.
We assist clients who have been arrested and had their bail denied by a Watch House, and are appearing before a Magistrate. We will not allow a Magistrate to make a decision under the Bail Act without placing appropriate material before them.
Of course, Magistrates make the wrong decision, often where an individual has attempted to apply for bail themselves. We assist clients to show a material change of circumstances and where appropriate, to make an application to the Supreme Court.
We represent clients facing all manner of drug related charges, from first time possession charges, to the most serious drug trafficking allegations.
We recognise that no case is black and white, and each individual case requires a careful examination of the issues, including the lawfulness of the search and seizure.
Many of our clients face serious implications to their careers and futures from drug related charges. Talk to us now about how we can assist you to achieve the best outcome.
Sentences on Pleas of Guilty
We approach all sentences, whether they be in the Magistrates or the Supreme Court as we did as a Barrister, preparing written outlines of submissions, and researching comparable sentences.
Just because your matter is before the Magistrates Court does not mean that the outcomes will be trivial. Sentences can include jail time and community based orders. We will not simply leave it up to the Magistrate to decide the outcome without reference to comparable cases.
As a former Barrister, we will ensure your matter receives the highest degree of advocacy.
Contact us to talk about the range of issues we can handle for you.
Domestic Violence Defence
Domestic violence allegations are serious and require a specialised response. Once an order is made against you, allegations of breaches can be easily added. Sadly, allegations of domestic violence and breaches, can be used as a weapons in breakups and where there are parenting issues ongoing, and the Courts are choked with vexatious applications. Dealing with domestic violence applications is often a critical first step in being able to continue to have contact with children. Contact us now for advice on how to defend such matters.
If you have been charged with an offence that places your assets at risk, or if confiscation proceedings have already been commenced, you should consult us early. In some cases, forfeiture proceedings can be speedily resolved.
We have successfully conducted appeals in the District Court and the Court of Appeal. If you have been wrongfully convicted, or the sentence you received is excessive, contact us to assist.
Assaults and Police Unlawful Arrests
Charges of Assaults, whether they be as a result of a dispute or related to your interaction with Police, can be serious. If you have been charged with an offence of Assault, or any offences against the Police, we recommend you obtain advice before making any decisions. We will always seek proper disclosure of evidence before accepting the arresting officer’s version of events. You may have been unlawfully arrested, whether due to a lack of power to arrest, or through excessive force.