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Paul Hamilton – Criminal Lawyer

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Paul was raised in North Queensland, before moving to Brisbane and graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Queensland in 1998.  Admitted as a solicitor in 2000, he has practised exclusively in the field of criminal and traffic law since 2003.  He has been a part of Bill Potts’ Gold Coast criminal law team since 2005 and has represented clients with the practice.

Paul is appreciated by his clients for his capacity to combine a high level of personal support with frank and direct advice. Because of his experience he can provide reliable predictions on the likely outcome of a matter and identify the goal issues. He is adept both at negotiating non-court outcomes and arguing the finest technical points.

With Paul in your corner, you have a savvy lawyer on whom you can place your trust. He has successfully defended clients charged with murder, rape, sex offences and serious drug offences.

Areas of expertise:

 

Child exploitation/pornography

Paul has developed a particular expertise in representing clients charged with child pornography/exploitation offences, including possession, production and distribution of such material.  He has appeared as solicitor-advocate on a number of sentence hearings in the District Court, and also collaborates with experienced barristers on more complex matters.

Paul’s clients have benefitted from his doggedness in challenging the police categorisation of picture and video files.  He is willing to do what most other solicitors are reluctant (or otherwise simply fail) to do, namely, insist on a viewing of the relevant material, and challenging the tally and categorisation of picture/video files alleged by the police.  His efforts in that regard have resulted in a number of his clients receiving non-custodial sentences when, had the police tally and categorisation gone unchallenged, sentences of actual imprisonment would almost certainly have been imposed.

Paul understands that a person who is charged with a child exploitation/pornography offence does not go to a lawyer to be judged.  Being charged with such an offence can be extremely stressful and embarrassing, which is why Paul treats all of his clients with the utmost respect, courtesy and dignity.  He also provides his clients with invaluable advice on steps which can be taken, such as engaging in counselling, which can not only assist in getting through the court  process, but which can also assist to obtain the most favourable outcome possible.

Police powers of search – challenging the lawfulness of police searches

Paul also has a special interest and expertise in the area of police powers of search.  Armed with that knowledge, he has secured acquittals (and has also succeeded in having prosecutions discontinued pre-trial) for people charged with serious drug and weapons offences.

In 2013, he presented a paper at the Queensland Law Society Gold Coast Symposium advising fellow practitioners on how to challenge the lawfulness of “emergent” police searches.

It is Paul’s experience that many police officers either do not fully understand their lawful powers of search, or conduct searches which exceed their powers.  If police have located drugs, weapons, DNA evidence or anything illegal in your car, house, or workplace, Paul suggests that you contact him immediately.

Personal Life

Paul is an A grade golfer, a member of Arundel Hills Country Club, and enjoys playing amateur tournaments throughout Brisbane and Gold Coast.  He is married with a young daughter who, much to his chagrin, shares little of his interest in golf!

Paul’s Testimonials

“Thank you so much again Paul for all your help, you went above and beyond and I will always remember what you did for me. Anytime in the future I know of someone who needs help I will tell them how you are more than just a lawyer.”

“Just again to convey our sincere thanks to you for today’s outcome Paul. Your friendly yet no nonsense professionalism in guiding us through our ordeal from the beginning, and seeing your “astute performance” for us today in court was very impressive, admirable and appreciated. You were great value for money. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need a reference.”

“I can’t thank you enough Paul for the service you provided today. You could have called it a day, yet you pressed on and I am eternally grateful. I think you should be paid more for your services. If any future cases come up, or any of my friends need legal advice I would be more than happy to refer them to you.”

“Thank you very much for your help; you are a GREAT LAWYER Paul! I will pass on your details to anyone who requires your services. Thank you once again.”

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