Emergencies happen at all hours, and if you or someone you love is in a dire situation and need immediate help then please don’t hesitate to call. If your matter is less urgent then I’m still here for you: just fill out the contact form and we’ll tackle it first thing in the morning.


We provide a wide range of service options at all levels of court, but the best way to find out if we are right for your case is to contact us as soon as possible for an open and honest 1-on-1 consultation. Whether your case has just started or requires immediate action, we provide the best defence possible for each of our clients. Your safety and comfort mean a great deal to us and we understand what it’s like to be caught up in unfortunate circumstances. We are here for you when you need us most.

Taking matters to trials is your right. The importance of having an experienced trial counsel cannot be understated. With your instructions, we convey to the jury your defence. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for trial. In Western Australia, the average time to get to trial, from the day you are charged, is 8-12 months. Ultimately, if the jury are not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt then they must return a verdict of not guilty

Even if you decide to plead guilty, ensuring you have a good lawyer is vital. It is important that you are advised in order to get the best outcome and that we present your circumstances to the court in the best possible light.

If you have been wrongly convicted or have received an unjust outcome you have a right to appeal. It is important you seek advice on any potential appeal as soon as possible, as appeal deadlines can vary between 14 to 28 days depending on the matter.

It is important to have our advice and guidance during what is often a very stressful situation. We will advise your of your rights and explain the whole process to ensure you understand every step of the way. We will work to get the best outcome.

There are special laws and unique court approaches for a juvenile accused. We will work to ensure the best possible outcome, and, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to avoid having a criminal convictions recorded against you.

If you have been charged with a drug offence, seek our advice immediately. We will explain your right to silence. You will also need to know if you have a defence. Even if you decide to plead guilty, there are a number of approaches that may be available, including the Drug Court, that we can advise you on with a view to avoiding a term of imprisonment.

There is a wide variety of circumstances that may result in an assault charge and there are a wide variety of defences that may be available to you. There are two sides to every story. It is important that you engage our expert advice before speaking to police and before you go to court.

Whether you have been charged with stealing, receiving fraud or laundering or any other type of property offence, you need to seek our advice as soon as possible. Just because it is alleged you had knowledge, or were in company with someone, does not mean you necessarily mean you are guilty.There may be a number of defences available to you.

Charges arising from drink driving, traffic accidents or your alleged manner of driving can have serious consequences when it comes to potential licence disqualifications. We will advise you on any possible defences, and even if you decide to plead guilty, we will argue in court in order to get you the best possible outcome with a view to minimise penalties. We can also represent you for an extraordinary drivers license application.

There are often two sides to every story, especially when it comes to issues such as consent between two adults. Or allegations of workplace harassment. It is important you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.




We offer advice and representation in all areas of criminal law and have represented and acted in trials in all areas of criminal law, including the most serious charges of murder, armed robbery, complex fraud, money laundering and drug trafficking.

Rhett Williamson Barristers & Solicitors is a highly successful criminal defence practice that prides itself on giving you the best representation and the best results.

Our chambers are located near the central law court precinct on Hay Street in Perth.


  • "As a criminal defence lawyer it’s my job to help both in and out of court. My team and I work day and night to make everything as simple and stress free as possible. Know where you stand every step of the way. Save time & energy and get the defence you deserve."

    Rhett Williamson , Criminal Lawyer


Being charged with a criminal offence is a very stressful, challenging and confusing ordeal for anyone. To assist you in your general understanding of the process, we provide the following general information outlining the steps involved for most criminal cases.

There are many more steps in the process in addition to those listed below, however, the steps listed below will provide you with a brief outline of the basic process:

The Police do not have a general power to enter your premises. Insist on being provided with a copy of the search warrant.

Be aware that the police will likely be recording during the search warrant. Anything you say during this can and will be used against you in evidence. It is best to speak to your lawyer first, before you say anything. If the police are at your house, call me immediately on 0433 929 146.

The search warrant must contain this information —

(a) the applicant’s full name and official details; and
(b) the suspected offence to which it relates; and
(c) the place that may be entered and searched under the warrant; and
(d) if a thing or class of thing is the object of the search — a description of the thing or the class of thing; and
(e) if a person is the object of the search — the name or a description of the person; and
(f) the period, not exceeding 30 days, during which it may be executed; and
(g) the name of the JP who issued it; and
(h) the date and time when it was issued.

On arrest, an accused person has the right to consult with legal counsel of choice prior to making any statements to police. It is crucial that an accused person take advantage of the right to receive timely and effective advice on arrest. Rhett Williamson Criminal Lawyer is available 24 hours per day to assist you in this regard.

Once arrested, an accused will either be released by police or detained in custody overnight. If detained, an accused will be brought before a Justice of the Peace within 24 hours. The accused may then either be released with the consent of the crown prosecutor or proceed to a bail hearing to determine whether the accused will be released.

Letter A Court is the gateway into the criminal justice system for those who are released from custody. Video Court is the equivalent court for those who are held in custody. Appearances in video court are by way of video link from a local corrections facility.

Trials can be expensive and uncertain. They also take time. From the date you are ready to set your case to trial there is often a 2-4 month wait for trial time. Sometimes a much longer wait is required. That is why – whether you are in custody, or out of custody – every effort should be made to resolve your case without having to go top trial. There are many forms of early resolution that do not result in a criminal conviction and/or criminal record. Talk to Rhett Williamson and he can explain your options. In the event an agreeable resolution cannot be found, he will also be ready to set a date for trial and effectively advocate for you at trial.


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