Craig McGilvray

Senior Associate Criminal Lawyer

Craig McGilvray of CDLA specialises exclusively in serious criminal cases across all courts in Australia. Other than the daily domestic violence assault and AVO cases that Craig appears for in courts, his specialty areas of practice include:

  • Supreme court bail applications
  • Sexual assault,
  • Child sex and child abuse material,
  • Proceeds of crime,
  • Murder,
  • Large scale drug importation and supply,
  • Appeals
  • Robbery,
  • Mental health application applications, and
  • Crime commission investigation and proceedings.

Craig holds an exceptional and impressive track record over his impressive career of successfully negotiating with police early to getting serious charges withdrawn, saving his clients legal costs. He has achieved countless ‘not guilty’ verdicts in the Local and District Courts jury trials, and non-conviction sentence results in sentence proceedings (section 10 orders).

Admitted as a lawyer and barrister by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Craig has completed degrees in Political Science, Public Relations from London, Bachelor of Laws, and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law.

Craig’s court room advocacy skills are second to none. This gives his clients a significant advantage over the prosecution.

As a fierce court room advocate, Craig is respected by and familiar with the Judges and Magistrates he appears before in court on a regular basis.

Craig brings to the table a never ending hunger to achieve justice for his clients, motivated by his passion in criminal law and strong desire to help people in need.

Craig’s thorough preparation and approach to cases has earned him a reputation for being a committed and dedicated criminal defence lawyer.

Craig has years of experience appearing in the Local, District and Supreme Courts across all types of criminal cases. He is highly intelligent and articulate with a strong work ethic focusing on results.

Craig recognises the stressful complexities that criminal proceedings can bring and understands the importance of forging strong relationship with his clients based on trust, mutual respect, realistic legal advice, confidentiality, and consistent communication.

He understands the need to enjoy life outside of Court and can be found in his spare time at the gym, playing table tennis and engaging in the analytical appreciation of cinema.

Call us or book online to arrange a free first confidential consultation with Craig today.


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