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An expert team of Criminal Lawyers, Perrella Legal specialise in criminal defence work for all types of state and federal criminal offences throughout Western Australia. Incorporated in 2011 Perrella Legal has established a solid reputation for professional, honest and cost effective advice with a consistent record for outstanding results at defended trials and sentencing hearings. We invite you to read some of the typical results we have achieved for our clients.

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Free initial consultation for any person charged with a criminal offence*  

Engaging a lawyer can be a costly exercise and the consequences of choosing an inexperienced or inept lawyer can mean more than wasted money and disappointment; it could result in a disastrous outcome. When it comes to being charged with a criminal offence a disastrous outcome can quite literally mean the loss of your liberty.

We believe you should not have to pay money just to locate a professional, experienced specialist criminal lawyer with proven results. Researching lawyers on the internet can only go so far to give you some insight into the best lawyer to resolve your criminal charge/s. It helps to actually meet, face to face, before deciding who to entrust your matter. If you have been charged with a criminal offence we make the process of finding the right lawyer easier by offering a free, no obligation, initial consultation with one of our specialist criminal lawyers. 

Some law firms offer a free initial consultation which is rushed, ill-prepared and with most of the time spent by the lawyer explaining how they intend to charge you rather than providing any clear and meaningful guidance on the client's charge/s. During the initial consultation at Perrella Legal, we will explain the criminal law as it relates to your charge/s; the court process; the likely outcome for your charge/s; the time frames for each step of the way; our fixed fee billing structure and much, much more. A free initial consultation with Perrella Legal may take up to 1 hour and you will leave the meeting far better informed and empowered to make the right decision about who to entrust with your criminal law matter.

* 'criminal offence', 'criminal charge' and 'criminal law matter' means an alleged offence contrary to any provision of the WA Criminal Code, the Commonwealth Criminal Code, and the WA Misuse of Drugs Act, or any provision of any WA or Commonwealth legislation that defines the alleged offence as a 'crime'. It does not include an alleged offence contrary to the Road Traffic Law, or any non-criminal proceedings such as applications for, or objections to, restraining orders or applications to declare past convictions spent, or an appeal against any conviction.

Get the right advice from the outset  

We understand that being charged with a criminal offence can be a stressful and frightening experience. From the moment the police want to question you or your loved one it is imperative that you speak to us FIRST to ensure your rights are protected and to ensure that future avenues of defence are kept open.

What a person says or does at the very early stages of a police investigation can significantly affect, if not determine, the outcome of the matter well before any charge is laid.

Whether you are innocent or if you know you have done wrong, if you are not being advised and represented by an experienced criminal law specialist you are risking your reputation, your career, your relationships and quite possibly your liberty.

No time billing. Only fixed fees.  

Often the greatest hesitation in engaging a lawyer is the fear of an uncertain legal bill. At Perrella Legal, we believe certainty of costs is just as important as the certainty of outcome. We do not believe that billing clients in six-minute increments on an hourly rate for time spent on their matter is a fair or reasonable approach. We believe that time billing is a draconian practice which rewards the lazy or inept lawyer. Lord Denning in Chamberlain –v- Boodle & King [1982] 3 All ER 188 summed it up best when he said “Time costing rewards the inefficient”. In an article in the Australian Financial Review of 20 March 2009, the general counsel and company secretary of Ramsay Health Care was quoted as saying “Hourly billing does not encourage excellence, strategic thinking or ingenuity. On the contrary, it tends to reward inefficiency, or in some cases inexperience or even incompetence”. We agree. That is why at Perrella Legal we have never charged legal work by time billing - and we never will.

Personal service to all our clients  

Each case is dealt with as the most serious case we have at that time.

Our specialist practice of criminal law finds us representing people across all of the courts throughout Western Australia.  We regularly defend clients in all courts throughout Western Australia, but particularly in the District Court and Magistrates Court.

You do not have to be charged with a criminal offence to use our service. We regularly advise clients who have been contacted by Police who are either wanting to interview a person or are seeking permission to search their premises or vehicle. In these situations, it is vital that you are aware of your rights and the extent to which the police may infringe your civil liberties. This is where early legal advice can make all the difference to the outcome of the matter if you are charged and indeed whether you will be charged.

If you, or someone you know, requires legal representation or advice, please contact us immediately. We are available for advice falling outside of business hours (+61 8 9225 6646).


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