Criminal Lawyers Melbourne – North

(03) 9555 9155

Rowan Skinner and Associates are experienced criminal lawyers in Melbourne. Rowan regularly acts for clients in a wide range of matters, from traffic offences to serious indictable proceedings in the superior courts.

Rowan Skinner is an experienced criminal lawyer in Melbourne with over 30 years of experience in criminal law, 15 years of which he practised as a barrister at the Victorian Bar and has significant experience as a trial lawyer.

If you are being if you are being investigated for a criminal offence in Melbourne, it is important that you understand the powers that police or the investigating authority has, to gather evidence against you and how the case would be proven against you.

The first thing a client needs to understand in a criminal prosecution is what are the elements of the actual crime that need to be proven beyond reasonable doubt.

It is then necessary for a lawyer to take your instructions on the allegations, precisely and carefully, to ascertain whether each element, one of which usually incorporates a mental element, whether “intent or recklessness” is made out, and are then any defences known at law. For example, self-defence, necessity, duress or mental impairment which might apply.

To obtain a conviction, each element of the crime must be proven beyond reasonable doubt.

If you require legal assistance or advice on a criminal law matter, please call Rowan Skinner & Associates Lawyers on (03) 9995 9155 for a no obligation 15-minute consultation.

We aim to give you accurate advice of any agency case against you, and to thoroughly prepare if the matter goes to Court, whether as a plea of guilty or as a trial.

Criminal Lawyer In Melbourne

Rowan has the sort of experience you would want if you needed legal representation in relation to the following types of criminal defence matters:

  • Sex offences
  • Intervention Orders
  • Traffic offences
  • Murder
  • Violent crime
  • ASIC and other agency prosecutions
  • Drug offences
  • OPI examinations
  • Bail applications
  • Coronial inquests
  • Local Council prosecutions
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Appeals in the Court of Appeal
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Police station interviews

Criminal Defence Lawyers Melbourne

Contact us to arrange a consultation with a Melbourne criminal lawyer who will act in your best interests.

Our Criminal Law Service extends to all suburbs of Melbourne including Carlton, Northcote, Preston, Kew, Collingwood, Fairfield, Fitzroy North, Alphington, and Clifton Hill.

Visit our Criminal Law FAQs page for an overview of commonly asked questions relating to criminal laws in Melbourne or Victoria.

What our clients are saying about our family law service

I regularly refer my clients to Rowan Skinner and Asc when they need representation. My clients have consistently had excellent advice and successful outcomes through Rowan’s representation at Court and when negotiating settlements. These proven results in combination with Rowan’s personal ability to engage with a diverse range of people, ensures that I will continue to refer my clients who need a family lawyer in Melbourne.


Rowan represented me in the Magistrates Court and the County Court in relation to very serious charges. Rowan was thorough, professional and diligent in his preparation and responded appropriately to my needs. I was acquitted of all charges.


I run a commercial law practice and frequently refer clients to Rowan for assistance and advice with family law. Rowan is a family law specialist: this means he is independently verified as having required skills and clients can have confidence in his ability and ethical standards.

John Whelan

I have a Mortgage Broking business with a large number of clients who having varying needs. I have referred many clients who want an excellent Family Law Specialist to look after them during what are difficult times. I have even referred family members to Rowan as I know he will look after them compassionately and professionally. I have no hesitation in recommending him and his services.

Andrew Kostanksi

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