Criminal Defence Lawyers in Brisbane, Cairns and Mackay

For any traffic offences or criminal law matters, it’s important to have legal representation that you can trust. Fisher Dore’s criminal defence lawyers go above and beyond to ensure that your rights are protected and your best interests are fought for. Whether you are under investigation or have been charged, we are here to help and support you.

Criminal defence lawyers to support you

If you are being questioned by police or have been charged with a criminal offence, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities. Fisher Dore Lawyers provide assistance, advice and representation at every stage of the criminal process.

Our criminal team includes five Accredited Specialists (Criminal Law) Qld – Nick Dore, Terry Fisher, Tom Gardiner, Adam Dwyer and Michael Finch. We are an award-winning criminal defence firm, including ranking as a First Tier Criminal Defence Firm in Queensland for the last six years.

When things go wrong, we are the people you want by your side. A team you can trust, with real experience and results. We will provide expertise, guidance and support. But more importantly, we believe in justice and fairness and will go above and beyond to fight for you.

From the initial stages of police questioning and bail applications to court hearings, trials, sentencing, appeals and parole – our criminal defence lawyers will stand by your side for the entire criminal law process.

Our criminal defence legal services

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, it is imperative to seek advice early. If you are facing any of the below charges, book a confidential consultation with one of our criminal defence lawyers today.

Assault and violence

Weapons offences

Drug offences


Property offences and theft


Sexual offences

Professional misconduct

Domestic violence

Cyber and computer crime

Traffic and drink driving offences

Customs and commonwealth offences

Murder and manslaughter


Charged with a criminal offence?

Our criminal defence lawyers in Brisbane, Cairns and Mackay believe in justice and fairness. We will go above and beyond to make sure your rights and interests are protected in the criminal justice system.

If you are charged with a criminal offence, you need a criminal defence lawyer with expertise, experience and results to help you. Our criminal defence lawyers represent clients charged with criminal offences every day. If you need help understanding your rights, are about to be questioned by police, or have been charged, call us immediately on 1300 557 884 or contact us to book a confidential discussion.


Why choose us as your criminal defence lawyer?

Whether you require assistance from our Cairns, Mackay or Brisbane criminal law firm, a Fisher Dore criminal defence lawyer will go above and beyond to support you throughout the entire process. Our legal services and advice are designed to be easy to understand and tailored to your specific circumstances.

We believe that everyone deserves the right to defend themselves, and we are here to fight for your interests and ensure you achieve the best possible outcome for your criminal or traffic offence. Our criminal defence lawyers focus on building honest and open relationships with our clients, which is why we are transparent about our fees and provide realistic advice designed to suit your specific criminal law matter.

Criminal defence lawyers you can trust

Nick Dore

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Terry Fisher

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Tom Gardiner

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Adam Dwyer

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Michael Finch

Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld


Mac Gray



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Our results and notable cases

Real success stories from our Cairns, Mackay and Brisbane criminal lawyers. Fisher Dore provides prompt legal advice aimed at maintaining your best interests with positive results. Click to view our successful outcomes for past criminal matters below.

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I paid you for your knowledge, experience and professional competence. But in addition I got your kindness, compassion and respect. Much appreciated. It helped me a lot. Thanks.


Fisher Dore Lawyers have to be the best criminal lawyers in Queensland.


Great law firm. Technically brilliant, and focused on achieving the outcome that the client wants... and achieving it as quickly as possible.

Josh - Facebook Review

Michael O’Brien is simply the best guy you can have alongside. The team at Fisher Dore is absolutely outstanding!

Ray - Facebook Review
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Excellent representation - solid advice - great outcome.

Michael - Google Review
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Highly recommended. Real people. Respectful.

Sylvia - Google Review
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I’ve prosecuted against Nick Dore and I’m a fan of his work. If I ever needed a Defence solicitor in my corner, I’d choose him... what can I say, the man is brilliant.

Acts1power - Google Review
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Fisher Dore are Brisbane’s best law firm. Honest, genuine and (most importantly) competent lawyers who will help you achieve justice. I give them 10/10.

Moreish Food - Google Review
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Long term professional association. Established credibility and integrity. A pleasure to be involved in multidisciplinary team work in benefitting clients.

Alec - Google Review
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The only law firm I trust!

Kimberley - Google Review
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Friendly and professional. Highly recommend the team. Approachable and non-judgemental with a passion and extensive knowledge of what they do.

Rachael - Google Review
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This firm was so easy to talk to, compassionate, reliable and 100% hardworking. Thanks so much.

Mich - Google Review

We can't express how grateful we are for all your kindness, support and generosity during this difficult time. With sincere thanks.

Thank you Fisher Dore for all you have done to release the burden we have been living with...well done.

Just want to say thank you for all your help and effort you have put in. You go above and beyond. I appreciate everything you and your team have done for me in helping better my life!

Thanks again…for going above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am so grateful I can now get on the right track and move forward with my life.

Thank-you for all the hard work you have put into my case and your continued support throughout the last few months. I appreciate everything you have done for me.

Thank you for fighting for me and for doing such a great job. Please pass on my gratitude to the team.

Sean Gibbs provided an amazing service at an affordable rate. My matter was a very complex criminal proceeding lasting 16 months. I could not be any happier with the results. I strongly recommend Sean Gibbs from Fisher Dore to anyone facing criminal charges.

I can't tell you how grateful I am for this and how much weight you have taken off of my shoulders.

After talking to Fisher Dore Lawyers, I felt like an enormous weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work . I truly appreciate everything you have done. I owe my freedom to you. Thank you!

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11/10 These guys go beyond measures to make sure you know the ins and outs of everything. Couldn't thank or recommend enough.

Kyle - Facebook Review

Thank you for your compassion, dedication and hard work throughout this difficult time. This has been life changing for me and I can't imagine how I would have got through this without your support, professionalism and expertise. I'm so grateful for your efforts and the great work you did on my behalf. Thanks again for going above and beyond, and doing everything you could to win my case.

I just wanted to put into writing, just how profoundly grateful I am for the sound advice & skilful representation you provided. The outcome you secured for me was better than I could have dared to wish for. I owe you a debt of gratitude.

I just wanted to say thank you very much for your handling of my case. I am very pleased with the outcome as well as your professionalism in communication and encouragement in my difficult time. Once again, thank you very much.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for us and in particular, the compassion and empathy you showed throughout this entire process. We will never forget the sterling job you did for us from the moment we first engaged with you. It is a credit to you and the team at Fisher Dore to have reached such a positive outcome in such unusual circumstances and one to be commended. I cannot express just how important your legal assistance and guidance has been. Without it, I fear the outcome wouldn’t have been as favourable as it was and for this, I am forever in your debt.

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Strongly recommend if you would like the best chance at freedom.

Alex - Google Review
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Excellent! I would highly recommend Sam, she was amazing.

Emma - Google Review
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Fisher Dore achieved a positive outcome and advised us at every step what was happening and how we should behave or what to do to achieve this outcome. Our criminal lawyer was fantastic and we would recommend both him and Fisher Dore to anyone who needed help. Thanks so very much.

Jo - Google Review
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Exceptional service and justice was served. Thank you!

Martin - Google Review
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I found Michael Finch to be both very personable and professional in every aspect of his work. I felt confident my matter was in the safest of hands, and Michael was pro-active in sorting the matter. Michael has my highest recommendations.

Michael - Google Review
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Thank you to the wonderful and professional team at Fisher Dore Lawyers. The experience you brought to the table was nothing but excellent, achieving an amazing result.

Andrew - Google Review
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They changed my life. Without this firm and their amazing team, I don't know where I'd be!

Dwayne - Google Review
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When you want the best this is the number you call. They do it right the first time. Thanks Nick.

Dale - Google Review
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We had a very positive experience with Sam and would highly recommend her services. She was extremely helpful and personable throughout the process. We felt supported and confident we were in the best possible hands at all times.

Rachel - Google Review

Sam conducted herself extremely professionally, she was exceptional in guiding my case in the right direction, achieved a fantastic result (absolutely discharged) and remained extremely approachable throughout the entire process, addressing all my concerns. I would most certainly recommend Sam.

We could never thank you enough for today. We appreciate all the work and time you spent on the case, you are such an incredible person who really cares and we appreciate you so much. Again thank you so much and you’ll always be remembered by us for years to come.

We cannot thank you enough for the amazing outcome; it was so much better than we could have hoped for. Having a highly skilled professional such as yourself was so beneficial, thank you again.

A special thanks goes out to Sean for his tireless efforts, support and empathy. Sean was truly exceptional and we will never be able to thank him enough. If ever we do need any further assistance you can guarantee that we will be looking you up again!

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Professional but caring! Very informative and assisted in navigating me calmly through a very stressful situation. Very experienced. Highly recommend.

We are extremely grateful to the entire legal team for its professional approach and dedication to our situation. We are all looking forward to a much brighter future.

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Since I first had a meeting with Michael he has been very, very professional and listened to what I had to say. Michael’s advice all the way was on the money. For me, the cost didn’t mean anything it was about how we win. I would recommend Michael and Fisher Dore to anyone who needs a great lawyer and firm. Thank you Michael and staff. Thank you to the Barristers Michael recommended. Thank you.

George Z
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Michael is a fighter, and a winner, to say the least. Truly amazing, words cannot express my gratitude. I had a complex situation, he was able to find a way through the puzzle.

James - Google Review

I would like to thank you for handling my matter so professionally and with class. I'm very grateful for the outcome. I see it as a WIN and have since been very positive. So again thank you for your support and due diligence throughout the process.

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Thank you very much for your hard work for me over the past year. You have used your skilful legal knowledge and conducted in-depth work investigation and research. And finally my innocence was proven. Due to the language barrier, it was very important to me to find a lawyer who understands the Chinese language. Jiabei Qi was the right choice. Thank you for your fairness, impartiality and helping me receive justice. [Translated from Mandarin]

Tony Yang - Google Review
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A few years ago I went to Fisher Dore in need of some representation, I was lucky enough to get Tom Gardiner! Tom was able to secure great results for me on a number charges on a number of different occasions. I would highly recommend Tom Gardiner & Fisher Dore.

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Very friendly and professional. Perfect solution for your legal difficulties.

Syed - Google Review
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Mark - Google Review
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Terry Fisher is a great bloke and knows his stuff. If you want good legal counsel, give him a call.

Anthony - Google Review
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Amazing service! Professional, frank, straight forward and no nonsense legal advice you can rely on. Worth absolutely every dollar I've spent. Communication has been first class. I have felt really supported from the moment I engaged their services. So far, my experience has been entirely positive. If you are facing a tough case, and need the best of the best, look no further. I can't recommend this firm highly enough!

Judah - Google Review
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Antoinette and her team went above and beyond during my matter. I cannot thank them enough. I'm forever grateful for all you have done.

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I’m so happy I chose Fisher Dore. My lawyer Hamish was outstanding, professional, courteous, transparent and reliable from minute one. I cannot praise him enough; he fought hard to get the best result and kept me notified throughout. I always felt Hamish and his team were by my side. I highly recommend Fisher Dore as I am forever grateful to them.

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Adam Dwyer came very highly recommended and we were not disappointed. We found ourselves facing an unfamiliar and difficult situation and throughout this experience he demonstrated great compassion and empathy. In this time we trusted Adam’s knowledge and commitment implicitly which resulted in a positive outcome. We are forever grateful and can not speak highly enough of his character and expertise as a lawyer.

Rhonda - Google Review
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We had Adam Dwyer as our lawyer, he guided us professionally and honestly through a difficult time and the unfamiliar territories of criminal law, always explaining and taking time to help us weigh our options, and ultimately delivering an outstanding outcome we thought was impossible, I would not hesitate in recommending him, a true dedicated professional you can put your trust in.

Ross - Google Review
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We really appreciate Jiabei's support on all our matters. She was patient, understanding and professional, and handled all our affairs with care and dedication. We would strongly recommend Jiabei to others in the future.

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Tom just about had a crystal ball, he knew what was likely to happen based on prior experience. This enabled a patient strategic approach to achieve a much better outcome than expected. I am still amazed at the final result. I am extremely grateful. Tom was professional, empathetic and a realist. Tom was tactical, strategic and patient. Tom engaged expert Counsel to negotiate reduced charges, including dropping a very serious fraud charge. Tom was thorough, maintained communication to keep me updated and showed attention to detail. I now appreciate the complexities of an adversarial legal system that is under pressure and the need for an expert criminal lawyer to navigate you through the process. My advice to anyone who is about to be questioned by police or who has been charged with a criminal offence is to contact Fisher Dore. Do not give up hope, trust their expertise and accept their advice and advocacy. Thank you Tom!

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When life dealt an unjust event I needed a great legal mind to unravel the wrongs. Enter Nick Dore and his team! From court room brilliance to over the phone reassurance, Nick went beyond & above to expose the truth. Nick achieved the ultimate goal. Appreciation to Tom Gardiner and Michael O’Brien for their assistance. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"- Martin Luther King

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I found Antoinette to be extremely professional and empathetic in all my dealings with her. Her extensive regional experience and her thorough understanding of the law resulted in a favourable outcome to my legal matters. Her calm and professional approach helped alleviate any concerns I had throughout the process. I would highly recommend Antoinette for any legal matters you may have.

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Tom provided excellent advice and service and was always available whether by email or phone. I always felt we were getting the best advice.

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The firm conducted themselves with high compassion and professional integrity.

Stuart Hold
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I could not recommend Mr Gardiner more highly. His legal knowledge, case management, professional guidance, practical advice and personal empathy over some years were exemplary.

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Two years ago, I had no idea that I would end up in Court in such a strange country as Australia. At that time, we didn't know anything about the legal process or the language. When we were most helpless, through the introduction of a friend, we found Qi Jia bei, a lawyer who was still working in Russo law firm at that time. Jiabei is serious and responsible in her work, always responding to our inquiries with professional legal knowledge and patient attitude. She went to Fisher Dore Lawyers a year ago, and we followed her without hesitation. It turns out we made the right choice. After two years of trying, our case was finally dismissed. Many thanks to Jiabei and her team at Fisher Dore Lawyers. You guys are the best!

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Jiabei has been very professional and passionate with the work she did on my matter. Jiabei has turned my difficult time into a great relief and a positive life experience. I am very grateful of every step that she took me through the process to help me achieve the best outcome. Jiabei, I can't thank you enough for your dedication, compassion and support. I would not hesitate to recommend Jiabei and Fisher Dore Lawyers to anyone who is in need of professional legal services. Highly recommended!

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Very professional very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, highly recommended.

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Very professional, great outcome for a family member.

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I cannot express deeply enough my sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr. Gardiner and all the others within your firm who have enabled my representation in the matter which concluded today. This has been my darkest chapter and your people were the light that helped guide me through it. At all times, Mr. Gardiner was nothing short of professional and measured in his delivery of advice and in his representation. As a member of the law enforcement and defence fraternity, I am routinely exposed to legal professionals - never have I had the privilege of being supported by someone as erudite and efficient as Mr. Gardiner. I offer nothing short of my sincerest thanks for your firms support during this matter. Should I ever find myself in need to legal support, Fisher Dore will be at the forefront of my mind and I will be referring any of those who I command who require legal support to your firm as my personal recommendation. I am entirely supportive of any of the above being used for the purpose of marketing or general publication. Thank you again for your support.

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