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Criminal Lawyers

Criminal Defence Lawyers
Sunshine Coast

Have you been accused or charged with a crime or offence & need a criminal defence lawyer?

Being accused of a crime, misdemeanor or summary offence by the Police is a daunting experience for anyone. Our Nambour criminal solicitors on the Sunshine Coast can represent and defend you if you are being accused of committing a crime or offence or have been formally charged with a crime or other offence.

It can be vitally important to engage a criminal defence lawyer as early as possible to ensure that you understand your rights during your experience with the criminal justice system.

Criminal law and police investigations

Criminal Law in Queensland is a complex system which begins with the Police Investigation. While our criminal law firm’s involvement in criminal matters can begin at any time, it is important to understand that you are not obliged to speak with Police and should contact your Butler McDermott criminal law solicitor before making any statement or answering any questions.

To assist, if you believe the Police may wish to speak to you regarding an investigation you can use our Sunshine coast law firm’s pre-prepared notice to the Queensland Police indicating that you want the opportunity to speak with us. You should carry this with you at all times. Contact us for a copy and to contract our legal services.

Criminal charges and the court process

Our criminal lawyers on the Sunshine Coast act for persons who might be charged with an offence regardless of how minor or serious the allegations might be.

The criminal law and the Court process generally can be confusing and distressing for those who are not involved in such matters on a daily basis. Our experience in this field allows us to manage your case in calm and informed manner.

We are a Sunshine Coast based criminal law firm, however we act for clients across Queensland. Most criminal matters are dealt with summarily by the Magistrates Court of Queensland and we regularly appear in the local courthouses of Nambour, Maroochydore, Caloundra and Noosa, but can arrange appearances anywhere in Queensland. The Sunshine Coast has the benefit of a District Court at Maroochydore, which deals with more serious criminal matters that are presented on indictment. We also appear in all other Queensland Courts and jurisdictions, including:

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If you are issued with a notice to appear (NTA) in Court or you are formally arrested and/or charged with an offence/s, our criminal solicitors are able to act on your behalf and navigate the criminal law process with you. This includes obtaining police reports, negotiating charges, providing advice on the Criminal Code (and other relevant legislation), preparing witnesses and having matters finalised whether by hearing/trial or a plea of guilty.

Police investigation

It is a common misconception that the law imposes an obligation to speak with Police and answer Police questions when approached. This is simply not the case. We recommend that clients contact our Sunshine Coast law firm before speaking with Police so that they may receive advice from our criminal defense lawyers and, if necessary, respond in a fully informed manner and not in the heat of the moment.

If you are approached by Police or you are requested to participate in an interview with Police, it is prudent to contact our criminal lawyers on the Sunshine Coast office to ensure that your interests are not compromised and you are afforded your rights.

Police questioning can be a nerve-wracking experience and can be emotionally overwhelming for many. It is critical that you obtain appropriate information and legal advice from criminal law solicitors before speaking with Police.

Meet Our Criminal Law Team

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Peter Boyce


Peter has been practising as a Nambour Solicitor since 1977 and joined Butler McDermott Lawyers the same year.

With over 40 years practicing as a Sunshine Coast lawyer, Peter has extensive knowledge of various facets of law.

He has practised in all areas of litigation and has special interests in:

  • Criminal law
  • Civil and Commercial litigation
  • Retirement Village matters
  • Sports law
  • Resumption of land and compensation claims


Peter has specialised knowledge of and experience with resumption matters as a result of the Traveston Dam project, road corridors, Main Roads and water pipeline. He is renowned for his professional approach and is an experienced and determined advocate.

Brent King


Brent works as a litigation lawyer, providing litigation legal advice in relation to both civil and criminal law matters, including:
  • Defamation Claims
  • Contract and Debt Disputes
  • Building and Construction Disputes
  • Planning Matters
  • Criminal Law and Traffic Legal Matters
Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and joining Butler McDermott after the completion of his studies, Brent appreciates the needs of our clients, and brings a particularly commercial approach to litigation. Brent is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Sunshine Coast Law Association, and has litigated a wide variety of matters in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Al Upton


After arriving at Butler McDermott Lawyers in 2016, Al quickly progressed to running our Wills and Estates section and has successfully litigated disputes in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland in the early stages of his career.

In the years that followed Al has now moved to assist our clients with commercial and property matters having achieved positive outcomes in that area as well as general litigation. Al’s experience has him uniquely placed to provide quality advice in the areas of property, commercial, wills and estates and general litigation.

Al is involved in giving back to the community, sitting on the board for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and Sundale Community Foundation. He otherwise became a director of Butler McDermott Lawyers in November 2021.