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At Sydney Drug Lawyers, we pride ourselves on being Sydney’s best drug defence team.

Our specialist drug defence lawyers are passionate about the law and possess the experience and expertise to defend all types of drug charges – and in many cases get charges dropped before they even reach court.

Our lawyers have exceptional courtroom skills and an excellent rapport with members of the legal profession, enabling us to consistently get the best results for our clients.

We fight for justice in cases that other lawyers have deemed ‘unwinnable,’ often helping our clients to avoid a criminal record.

Our team currently comprises seven expert drug lawyers, each of whom possesses a wealth of experience in order to ensure that our valued clients get the level of service that they deserve.

So whether you’ve been charged with small possession or commercial drug importation, look no further.

Give us a call on 02 9264 5778 now and speak to us about a FREE first consultation to discuss your matter.

Ugur Nedim

Mr Ugur Nedim is the Principal of Sydney Criminal Lawyers®.

He has a distinguished career as an exceptional criminal defence lawyer and has been recognised by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist for since 2005.

Mr Nedim commenced his criminal defence career in 1992 as a law clerk with specialist criminal law firm Brezniak Neil-Smith and Co, under the mentorship of legendary criminal defence lawyer Angus Neil-Smith (now retired).

He excelled academically – completing a combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts degree, then a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and finally a Master of Laws degree at Sydney University achieving a rare ‘high distinction’ grade average.

He commenced practising as a courtroom criminal defence lawyer in late 1998; independently representing clients in a range of criminal & traffic cases.

He regularly conducted difficult & complex defended hearings, trials and appeals, achieving an outstanding success rate.

He started ‘Nedim Lawyers – Criminal Defence Specialists’ in 2001, which later became ‘Sydney Criminal Lawyers®’.

Mr Nedim has represented clients in some of Australia’s highest profile and most difficult criminal cases, including:

  • Australia’s largest ever heroin importation trial, which involved the importation of over 600 kg of heroin; all 3 clients found ‘not guilty’.
  • Over two dozen murder & manslaughter trials, including many arising from the ‘gangland wars’ in Western Sydney;
  • Over 100 serious criminal trials including dozens of sexual assault trials, commercial drug trials, complex fraud trials, grievous bodily harm, robbery, detain for advantage, intent to murder, dangerous driving occasioning death, proceeds of crime and various other trial matters;
  • Representing companies and individuals for allegations of corporate crime and investigations, anti money laundering, bribery and other forms of corruption, fraud and ‘white collar’ crime,
  • Protecting client interests in all types of courts and tribunals, including ICAC, Crime Commission & Coroner’s Court;
  • Successful Appeals at every level – from the Local Court, to hundreds in the District & Supreme Courts (including NSWCCA) all the way up to the High Court of Australia.

Mr Nedim is a dedicated, knowledgeable and persuasive criminal lawyer who is respected by magistrates, judges and prosecutors.

He fights hard to have cases ‘dropped’ and is consistently able to defend and win serious criminal cases that other criminal lawyers are unable to win (see Recent Cases).

Mr Nedim has conducted 4000+ local court cases over his career, with a particular emphasis on:

  • drink driving and major traffic offences,
  • drug possession & supply,
  • assaults and AVOs,
  • fraud & dishonesty offences, and
  • defended hearings, committal hearings, guilty pleas, bail applications and mental health cases.

However, he now focuses on serious and complex crime, with a special emphasis on corporate crime and investigations, large-scale fraud, commercial drug importation and supply, and murder/manslaughter cases.

Mr Nedim is a true specialist because he has always practised as a criminal defence lawyer – not a prosecutor, general lawyer or commercial lawyer, which have little relevance to high quality criminal defence work. Over and above this, he has independently carried his cases from start to finish since the start of his legal career – undertaking advocacy (courtroom) work where other lawyers may need the assistance of others.

Mr Nedim has developed specialised procedures, methods and techniques to achieve desirable outcomes for his corporate and individual clients.

He is respected for his ability to grasp large volumes of complex material, identify the relevant issues and formulate winning strategies, and his high-quality work is consistently praised by magistrates, judges and clients alike.

With Mr Nedim, clients can rest assured of receiving the best defence whatever their particular criminal or traffic case may be.

Vinny Vijay

Vinny Vijay is a Senior Associate with several years of experience practising exclusively in criminal defence.

He is a highly sought-after and respected defence lawyer who is vastly experienced in courtroom advocacy at all levels of the criminal justice system.

Throughout his career, Vinny has regularly appeared independently in a broad range of criminal cases, including:

  • Complex Local Court defended hearings,
  • Bail applications in the Local, District and Supreme Courts,
  • Sentencing proceedings in the Local and District Courts,
  • Mental health applications such as section 14 applications (previously known as ‘section 32 applications’), fitness hearings and the defence of mental impairment, and
  • All manner of appeals, from licence appeals in the Local Court, to firearms reviews in the NCAT, to severity and conviction appeals in the District Court and New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal.

Vinny is also vastly experienced in preparing and instructing counsel in jury trials, from commercial drug cases, to aggravated sexual assaults, manslaughter and murder.

He has substantial experience in successfully representing clients in pre-trial applications such as forensic procedure applications and committal hearings, resulting in cases being thrown out of court, and has a special interest in the abuse of powers by police officers including unlawful arrests and searches.

Vinny brings a forensically minded approach to criminal law, ensuring his clients benefit from meticulous preparation and effective execution of case strategy, as a product of Vinny’s extensive knowledge of legal and procedural requirements that prosecutors must satisfy to proceed with cases.

Putting this knowledge to practise frequently enables Vinny to have charges withdrawn or dismissed in court.

He is a passionate and empathetic defence lawyer who is tenacious in ensuring his clients have the greatest prospects of success, doggedly pursuing lines of inquiry – from potential defence witnesses and exculpatory evidence, to forensic investigation by experts – in order to achieve positive outcomes.

Vinny is an integral part of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Mariecar Capili

Mariecar Capili is a criminal defence lawyer with substantial experience representing clients in criminal and traffic cases.She regularly appears in courts throughout New South Wales in a wide range of criminal and traffic cases including drink and drug driving, drug possession, apprehended violence orders, assaults, larceny, fraud and driver licence appeals.

She is also vastly experienced instructing barristers in serious and complex District and Supreme Court trials.

Mariecar’s clients benefit from her knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system, both within and outside the courtroom, and her dedication in ensuring that her clients achieve the best possible outcome, whatever their criminal or traffic cases may be.

Mariecar is an invaluable member of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Patrick O’Sullivan

Patrick O’Sullivan is an experienced criminal defence lawyer who moved up to our profession-leading team after working for two other boutique specialist criminal defence firms in the Sydney CBD, where he was exposed to a large number of serious and complex criminal cases over a considerable period of time.

Patrick has been responsible for wide range of cases over his career, from murder, robbery in company, kidnapping, sexual assault and commercial drug importation, down to less-serious cases such as drug possession, assaults and AVOs, drink and drug driving, and driving whilst disqualified.

He is an exceptional courtroom lawyer, having successfully represented clients in many local court defended hearings, sentencing hearings in the local and district court, severity and conviction appeals in the district court, and bail applications in the local, district and supreme courts.

He is also vastly experienced in preparing and instructing barristers in complex District and Supreme Court jury and judge-alone trials.

Patrick is an affable lawyer who has his clients’ interests at heart at all times. His commitment and dedication are reflected in his outstanding track record of results, as well as the trust and confidence he instils in those he assists.

He is passionate about ensuring that his clients are kept thoroughly informed throughout the court process, and applies his impressive grasp of criminal law and procedure to developing and implementing defence strategies that achieve exceptional results.

Patrick is an integral part of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Tandy Machisa

Thandiwe (Tandy) Machisa is a specialist criminal and traffic defence lawyer with a strong sense of social justice and a passion for fighting on behalf of those who find themselves faced with allegations of serious crimes – claims which can put individuals in an unfair position of having to answer to the state and its virtually unlimited resources.

Tandy is a people-oriented lawyer with enormous empathy and compassion towards her valued clients. She holds degrees in both arts (majoring in psychology) psychology and law, and has spent considerable time volunteering her services to community legal centres in order to ensure just outcomes are achieved for the vulnerable and disempowered.

She was employed with another specialist criminal defence firm in Sydney before her skills, commitment and dedication made clear she would be a valuable asset our law firm.

Tandy works tirelessly to ensure her clients achieve optimal outcomes in a broad range of criminal and traffic law cases. She is vastly experienced in preparing and instructing senior barristers in serious and complex criminal law cases including aggravated sexual assault, commercial drug supply and importation, manslaughter and murder trials – where she has achieved successful outcomes.

Tandy is also experienced in representing clients for less-serious cases that are heard in the Local Court – such as drug possession, common assault, AVOs, sexual touching, sexual act, speeding, drink and drug driving, driving whilst disqualified, reckless driving and driver licence appeals – as well as bail applications and section 14 mental health applications (previously known as ‘section 32 applications’).

She puts herself in the position of her clients, and her tenacity ensures they know they are being represented by a lawyer who will do all it takes to ensure they achieve justice.

Tandy is an integral member of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Jayden Murdoch

Jayden Murdoch is a highly accomplished criminal defence lawyer with a proven track record of achieving exceptional results for clients in a diverse range of criminal and traffic law cases.Drawing on extensive experience gained under the tutelage of prominent criminal defence firms, Jayden has honed his skills and developed a pragmatic approach to legal matters, with unwavering attention to detail.

Jayden is vastly experienced in representing clients in Local Court sentencing hearings, bail applications, applications to have charges dismissed on mental health grounds and defended hearings, all the way up to strictly indictable District and Supreme Court trial involving terrorism, murder, manslaughter, fraud, and sexual assault, in which Jayden consistently achieves successful outcomes.

Jayden appears both independently as a tenacious, persuasive and effective courtroom advocate, as well as collaborates with prominent barristers in complex jury trials.

His in-depth legal knowledge of criminal law and procedure coupled with his exceptional ability to identify weaknesses in the prosecution case and to formulate and implement targeted defence strategies frequently result clients having their charges withdrawn during the early stages of the proceedings, rather than having to reach a defended hearing or jury trial.

Jayden always put the interests of his clients first, is empathetic and compassionate to their circumstances, and leaves no stone unturned to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved in the shortest period of time.

Jayden is an integral member of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Ashoorina Anoya

Ashoorina (Ash) Anoya is a passionate, dedicated and empathetic criminal defence lawyer with meticulous attention to detail and a strong commitment to ensuring her clients achieve optimal outcomes, whatever their criminal or traffic law cases may be.

Ash commenced her criminal law career as a legal secretary within our team before being promoted to the position of law clerk, assisting our senior defence lawyers in the formulation and execution of effective defence strategies with a focus on serious and complex criminal cases.

As a defence lawyer, Ash has proven herself to be an exceptional strategist with an uncanny ability to dissect and identify issues with prosecution evidence and tenaciously work to obtain successful results – whether this means having serious charges withdrawn or downgraded at an early stage, or dismissed inside the courtroom.

Ash often instructs pre-eminent barrister in complex criminal trials in the District Court, with her dedication and thorough preparation consistently contributing to not guilty verdicts being obtained in circumstances that appear formidable.

Ash also consistently represents clients in less-serious cases including Local Court sentencing matters (guilty pleas), bail applications, section 14 mental health applications and annulment applications – again consistently achieving positive outcomes for her clients.

She is a personable lawyer who cares greatly for her valued clients, placing their interests front and foremost and showing them care and compassion.

It is with empathy, commitment, a keen intellect and vast experience within Sydney’s best criminal defence team that Ash has proven herself to be invaluable to both her clients and to our firm.

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