Damien provides representation and advice in all areas of State and Commonwealth criminal law, appearing regularly in defended hearings, sentence proceedings, release applications and appeal matters. Damien also instructs counsel in complex criminal trials.
As a confident and proficient advocate, Damien has demonstrated success acting in a diverse range of matters including:
- Drug offences including possession, supply, manufacture and importation
- Fraud and financial crime
- Firearms offences
- Assaults and matters of violence (including domestic violence matters and assaults against police)
- Sexual assault, child exploitation and child protection register matters
- Cross border investigations
- White collar crime
- Extradition and mutual legal assistance
- Traffic law
Damien also has experience appearing for individuals and companies at ICAC inquiries and acting in confiscation of assets and proceeds of crime proceedings.
Damien has successfully defended a large volume of contested matters. He has a strong understanding of the rules of evidence and subjects all material relied upon by the prosecution to a high level of scrutiny. He has been successful in excluding key prosecution evidence following legal argument and, through cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, has undermined unfavourable allegations made against his clients.
In sentence matters, Damien has an aptitude for identifying mitigating factors and extenuating circumstances which are favourable to his clients and promote the need for leniency and rehabilitation in place of punishment.
Damien has a genuine passion for criminal defence law. He provides timely, clear and considered advice and works tenaciously to obtain positive results for his clients.