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Our Fees

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

Every criminal lawyer and criminal law firm should be up-front about their fee arrangement so clients can make an informed decision. The following fees are an accurate assessment of what each of the mentioned matters and professional services 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 $1,100.00. That fee includes any legal advice, 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 and appearance on the actual sentence.

For more regional courts a small travelling fee applies.

Work Licence Applications & Driver Licence Appeals

For legal representaion in a traffic offence such as a work licence application or special hardship order application in a Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast or Brisbane city, the fees start at $1,250.00. That fee is slightly higher than for an ordinary drink driving guilty plea because there are 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 $1,100.00. That fee includes the legal team taking instructions from the client and any other relevant persons, correspondence with the Queensland 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 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.

Can I recover my costs back if I win?

Yes, you can. At McMillan Criminal Law our policy is to always seek to recover as much of our client’s expenditure on legal fees when we successfully defend a charge or oppose an application. Many law firms will simply consider this as a stand-alone feature to be dealt with at the end of the trial, which will inevitably result in the court refusing to make an order for costs.

Both New South Wales and Queensland require an applicant for costs to convince a court, based on a specific criteria, it is fair that the Prosecutor pay the costs sought. This inevitably includes showing, that after charging, it was brought to their attention that their prospects of succeeding at trial were poor [1]. This can only be done if your lawyer has deftly identified for them their shortfalls without encouraging them to fix them. This is a very delicate job which requires a very experienced hand to properly discharge, and our success comes from years of experience making these applications.

[1]See section 214 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW), and also section 158A of the Justices Act 1886 (Qld)

If you have any questions in regards to our fees for representation in the Brisbane area, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and northern New South Wales contact McMillan Criminal Law today.