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Sydney: (02) 9261 4555

Armstrong Legal's criminal and traffic law team includes lawyers who specialise exclusively in criminal Law and traffic law matters. With our combined experience, you can rest assured that you will receive the best advice and representation available in New South Wales.

Our criminal law team includes:

  • Four accredited specialists in criminal law
  • A solicitor who prosecuted corrupt police
  • A former State Prosecuting Advocate
  • A former Police Prosecutor



John Sutton
Accredited Specialist

John Sutton - Partner

John is a Managing Partner of Armstrong Legal and head of the Criminal Law Division. He was admitted to practice law in NSW in 1999 and prior to that had five years advocacy experience in the Local Court of NSW as a prosecutor. John is admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of NSW and Victoria and the High Court of Australia, though he can appear in any jurisdiction as required.
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Andrew Tiedt
Accredited Specialist

Andrew Tiedt - Partner

Andrew brings to Armstrong Legal a unique ability to effectively represent his clients and ensure they obtain the best possible result. He has handled cases across the entire spectrum, including prosecutions for murder, fraud, violence and drug offences. He also has experience in handling ASIC and Tax investigations as well as Roads and Maritime matters.

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Craig Robinson
Accredited Specialist

Craig Robinson - Senior Associate

Craig has been a practising criminal lawyer for more than 25 years. He specialises in advocacy work, especially in criminal, traffic, drink driving and apprehended domestic violence matters. He frequently appears in local court defended hearings, sentence hearings and appeals to the District Court.

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Michael Hempsall

Michael Hempsall - Senior Associate

In each case Michael offers his clients genuine understanding and sensitivity, to the point legal advice, and results focused representation. His nuanced style of advocacy reflects a wealth of experience gained from his many years as a Judge’s Associate and Solicitor appearing before the court in the full spectrum of traffic and criminal law matters.

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Matthew Eddy

Matthew Eddy - Senior Associate

Matthew is a persuasive advocate with a high level of insight and legal analysis that enables him to provide tactful, considered and tailored legal advice. He appears regularly on behalf of clients charged with traffic, summary and serious indictable offences. This breadth of experience has equipped Matthew with the legal acumen and poise to provide you the best possible outcome.

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Andrew Fraser

Andrew Fraser - Associate

Andrew works in the areas of criminal law and traffic law, providing practical advice in all of his clients' matters. Andrew has, over many years, developed positive working relationships with prosecutors, magistrates and judges. His no-nonsense approach means he has a reputation for putting forward the best case possible for clients.

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David Porter

David Porter - Associate

David Porter is Armstrong Legal's Police Accountability lawyer in NSW. This is a specific area of law which combines skills from the areas of criminal law, civil litigation, administrative law and employment law. David's diverse experience has equipped him with the skills necessary to perform in this area.

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Angela Cooney
Accredited Specialist

Angela Cooney - Associate

Angela is an experienced Court advocate having appeared in the Local and District Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal as well as in Federal jurisdictions in a multitude of matters, including complex strictly indictable trials. After graduating with First Class Honours and prior to joining Armstrong Legal, Angela worked as a criminal lawyer on the Far South Coast of NSW.

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Sarah Marinovic

Sarah Marinovic - Associate

Before joining Armstrong Legal, Sarah worked as a prosecutor for the RTA and SDRO. Her experience in these areas gives her a special insight into the criminal justice system. She understands the environment that public prosecutors work in, and how best to approach them to achieve positive results for her clients.

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Trudie Cameron

Trudie Cameron - Associate

Trudie has experience defending clients charged with state and commonwealth offences having appeared on their behalf in Local and District Courts and instructed Counsel in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Court of Criminal Appeal. She combines her impressive skills in advocacy and legal analysis with a focus on her client's interests and wellbeing. Her experience working for senior criminal law barristers prior to starting at Armstrong Legal gives her a unique insight into criminal advocacy and practice.

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Amanda Tsang

Amanda Tsang - Associate

Working exclusively in criminal and traffic law, Amanda understands that those who come to Armstrong Legal do so at a difficult time. She understands that criminal offences have wide reaching consequences for all clients. As such, she is dedicated to using her knowledge and skills to obtain the best result possible in every case.

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Charlene Harris

Charlene Harris - Criminal Lawyer

Charlene takes a down to earth, practical approach to handling her clients’ matters. She takes the time to gain real insight into your case to ensure the strongest possible position is presented to the court. She will make you feel comfortable about going to court and will explain the proceedings in plain English, so you know what to expect at each stage of your matter.

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Will Del Din

Will Del Din - Criminal Lawyer

Since his admission as a solicitor Will has practiced exclusively in traffic and criminal law and is well equipped to advise his clients in these areas. Will rigorously applies his impressive communication skills and legal analysis to each matter. He is skilled at preparing each client for what to expect from the court process and working with his clients to achieve the best result possible.
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Martin Vazquez

Martin Vazquez - Criminal Lawyer

Martin recognises that going to court can be a stressful time, so he is passionate about providing the best possible service to his clients, applying his excellent communication skills to assist them through every step of the way. Martin came to Armstrong Legal with extensive experience in criminal and traffic law.

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Janelle Whale

Janelle Whale - Criminal Lawyer

Janelle has spent her entire legal career working exclusively in criminal and traffic law, developing a well-honed instinct for these areas from her unique and broad experience to date. Janelle is known for her approachable nature and mature sensitivity to the personal needs of each of her clients, qualities that she acquired through representing the disadvantaged in regional NSW before joining the Armstrong Legal team.

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Olivia Rinaldi

Olivia Rinaldi - Criminal Lawyer

Olivia’s passion for and dedication to her clients is evident in everything she does. Her approachable nature, attention to detail and understanding of judicial procedure make her a convincing and trustworthy advocate. Olivia spent a year working as an Associate to a Judge of the District Court of NSW. In that role she gained valuable experience in the criminal law, playing a part in numerous trials and hundreds of sentences and appeals.

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Tyson Brown

Tyson Brown - Criminal Lawyer

Tyson has the ability to relate to all clients on a personal level, having spent many years prior to his legal career in customer service and hospitality. Tyson completed his internship as an Associate to a Judge of the District Court of NSW. In that role, he experienced advocacy and criminal law from a unique perspective, gaining valuable insight into a Judge’s expectations.

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Monique Welch

Monique Welch - New Client Enquiry Solicitor

Monique prides herself on providing timely, accurate and honest advice in all areas of criminal and traffic law before directing your enquiry to the most appropriate advocate to carry your matter to the best possible outcome. Her friendly and compassionate approach will set you at ease from your first contact with Armstrong Legal. She exhibits maturity and empathy when assisting clients through, what is often, a stressful and overwhelming experience.

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where to next?

If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.

Why Choose Armstrong Legal?

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