If you have been charged with a  criminal, traffic, or regulatory offence, or summonsed to give evidence before a commission of inquiry or other tribunal, it is important that you have experienced and capable criminal lawyers representing you.

Not everyone is an expert, although many may claim to be, and not everyone brings the same level of competence, experience and commitment to their work. Choosing the wrong criminal lawyer can have serious consequences for you and your loved ones. So ask around. Speak to people who know – former clients, members of the judiciary, the Queensland Law Society and the Bar Association. If you do you will find that in the criminal law field the reputation of Nyst Legal is unsurpassed anywhere in Queensland.

Widely recognised as “the criminal lawyer to get when things get serious” Chris Nyst has built a national reputation acting for a veritable Who’s Who of corporate and other high-profile clients. He and his criminal defence team represent clients throughout Australia in criminal courts, commissions of inquiry, Royal commissions, and investigative hearings of bodies such as the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), and the various state crime and corruption tribunals.

Our criminal lawyers based in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast are on hand to provide you with first class legal representation. Criminal law is an area that requires experience, ability, tactical nous and plenty of hard work. Instructing lawyers that are not up to the job may prove disastrous for you or for your business.

If you have been charged with a criminal, traffic or other regulatory offence, you should immediately seek the help of the best legal team available to handle your case. There are many Brisbane and Gold Coast criminal lawyers, but we believe that none can give you more competent defence advice and service than Nyst Legal. We will work tirelessly to ensure a successful outcome. Our highly regarded criminal lawyers provide cost-effective, tactical and sensible advice to anyone or any business facing a criminal, traffic or regulatory offence.

What is an indictment? Chris Nyst explains what it means to be charged with a serious criminal offence in Queensland.

I’ve received a notice to appear in court. Do I have to go? Natasha Dawson explains why you must attend court.

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Find out more about why stalking is no longer limited to a physical act.

Nyst Legal’s criminal lawyers provide assistance in all criminal offences and Corporate Regulatory matters, including:-

  • ASIC, CCC, ACC, ACCC, and other standing Commissions of Inquiry proceedings;

  • Royal Commissions and other special Commissions of Inquiry proceedings;

  • International Extradition Proceedings;

  • All State and Commonwealth Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions; and
  • Appeals.
  • Confiscation/Proceeds of Crime Matters;

  • Domestic Violence Applications and Offences;

  • Workplace, Environmental, Marine Safety, Corporate and other regulatory Investigations and Prosecutions;

  • Liquor Act Investigations and Prosecutions;

Nyst Legal’s criminal lawyers based in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, also provide assistance in relation to all traffic offences, including:-


Nyst Legal is not a Legal Aid firm. We do not take on matters funded by the Legal Aid Office.

Nyst Legal charges a competitive rate for an excellent service and we provide an early estimate of costs for each stage of your matter.

The law in Queensland requires us to disclose information relating to a range of things, particularly legal fees, how they are calculated, how they are charged, and how they are billed.

All clients are provided with a Queensland Law Society Client Services Agreement which sets out all of these items in detail.

Is legal representation in criminal matters expensive? Chris Nyst explains how to manage the cost.

Fixed Fee Arrangements

There are some matters where Nyst Legal is happy to offer its services for a fixed fee.

  • Pleas of Guilty starting at $1,000-

Less-serious criminal charges to be finalised in the Magistrates Court, such as minor drug possession or public nuisance offences, and minor traffic offences such as unlicensed driving and drink driving offences, can usually be handled for a fixed fee ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. However, the precise fee will be dependent on the location of the court and the complexity of the matter, and will be advised and agreed in advance.

Driver licence applications for a special hardship order or a work licence can usually be handled for a fixed fee, generally ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. However, the precise fee will be dependent on the location of the court and the complexity of the application, and will be advised and agreed in advance.

Bail applications in the Magistrates Courts will vary in complexity but can usually be handled for a fixed fee ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the complexity of the application and the court location, and will be advised and agreed in advance. Bail applications in the Supreme Courts are charged at an hourly rate.

Hourly Rates

Where fees are not fixed they will be charged at an hourly rate commensurate with the seniority and experience of the particular team members involved. A formal client agreement will set out the hourly rate of each of the team members likely to work on the matter. Clear estimates will be provided in advance for each stage of the matter.


Can police bug my telephone? Chris Nyst explains the law in Queensland.

If I’m convicted of assault, will I have to pay compensation? Chris Nyst explains.


What charges can be dealt with by justice mediation?
Natasha Dawson explains.

Should I consent to a police interview? Chris Nyst explains your right to silence.

What happens if I breach my bail?
Jonathan Nyst, Criminal Lawyer, explains.

What is the drug diversion program? Hear from Natasha Dawson on the courts and drug charges.

View our playlists on Dealing with the Police , Traffic Offences and Understanding the Courts.


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