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Our Fees

McMillan Criminal Law prides itself on being transparent about the fees each matter will cost.

Every legal practice should be up-front about their fee arrangement so a client can make an informed decision. The following fees are an accurate assessment of what each of the mentioned matters are worth, and the time involved in completing them.

Plea Of Guilty

For a plea of guilty in a Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast or Brisbane city, or the Local Court at Tweed Heads, the fees start at $770.00. That fee includes taking initial instructions from the client, correspondence with the prosecution corps including obtaining and perusing the charge and facts behind it, any relevant research, preparation for and appearance on the actual sentence.

For more regional courts a small travelling fee applies.

Work Licence Applications & Driver Licence Appeals

For a work licence application or special hardship order application in a Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast or Brisbane city, the fees start at $990.00. That fee is slightly higher than for an ordinary drink driving guilty plea because there's generally two court appearances required.

Bail Applications

For a bail application in a Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast or Brisbane city, or the Local Court at Tweed Heads the fees start at $770.00. That fee includes taking instructions from the client and any other relevant persons, correspondence with the police and prosecution corps including obtaining and perusing the charge and facts behind it, perusing any material relied upon by police to oppose bail, drafting of any relevant affidavits, any relevant research, preparation for and appearance on the actual bail hearing.

For more regional courts a small travelling fee applies.


For defended hearing, the fees will be charged on an hourly rate, and will depend upon the type, size and complexity of each matter. An affordable quote is given to a client before each matter commences to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises awaiting the client down the track.

Since McMillan Criminal Law, unlike many other firms, does not operate a trust account, there are no exorbitant initial deposits required of clients before work can commence on a matter.

All accounts are itemised to ensure a client is acutely aware of where the money paid has gone.