MK Law

Criminal Defence Lawyer Melbourne

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Meet Michael Kuzilny

Good people make mistakes, and the dedicated team at MK LAW, led by experienced criminal defence lawyers, are here to help you get through the tough times in life. It’s that simple!


Something I’ve learned from over 30 years in court is that it’s never too late to reach out for some expert help.


If you or a loved one have been charged or received a court summons, do yourself a favour and stop delaying. Your court case is important and your quick action today may mean the difference between conviction and a happy outcome.


I am passionate about informing everyone about our criminal justice system, whether you’re involved in a court case or not. Confidentiality is at the heart of what I do, so you rest assured that when you come to me for help, you’re in safe and caring hands. My team and I, as experienced criminal defence lawyers, are dedicated to providing professional representation, protecting your rights, and navigating the complexities of the legal process with expertise and dedication.


I also know that for many people in your shoes, one of the biggest worries when it comes to a court case is the cost. Lots of people are facing financial challenges, so at MK Law, I make it a priority to keep fees as low as possible and accommodate flexible payment methods. My number one priority is helping you get back to life as normal – and a huge legal bill has no place in normal life.


With honour and respect, I look forward to meeting you.


Love & best wishes,


Michael Kuzilny.

Since 1986


Years of criminal justice experience system 

Michael Kuzilny

Our People

Meet the Lawyers

Marcus Denning

Marcus Denning


Raj Malhotra

Raj Malhotra


Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen


Gabrielle Yozefovich

Gabrielle Yozefovich

Senior lawyer

Jasmin Dhillon

Jasmin Dhillon


Lyndell Taylor

Lyndell Taylor

Office Manager

Burhan Eran

Burhan Eren

Special Counsel

Michael Kuzilny

Michael Kuzilny

Founder & Partner

About MK Law: A Leading Criminal Law Firm

Having an experienced criminal defence lawyer is important; sometimes, good people make mistakes, and having an experienced criminal lawyer can often yield the best possible results in terms of avoiding jail terms and criminal records as well as achieving therapeutic goals that focus on an offender’s rehabilitation. Michael Kuzilny and his team at MK Law are among Melbourne’s leading criminal defence lawyers.

Michael has experience in the criminal justice system in Victoria since 1986, which provides him with more than 30+ years experience in dealing with criminal law matters, resulting in a very long list of satisfied clients.

As a leading criminal law firm in Melbourne, MK Law also represents clients who wish to plead not guilty to both summary and serious indictable offences. We regularly appear in Magistrates Court contested hearing and jury trials in the County Courts. These trials are conducted by both our solicitor advocates or our network of skilled barristers who will zealously fight to win your case. 
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Our Practice Areas

MK Law are exclusively criminal lawyers and we provide legal advice and Court representation in all criminal and traffic offence cases. We have the knowledge and experience to provide legal representation in all areas of criminal law, including the following:

As a specialist criminal law firm, MK Law prides itself on its focused expertise and reputation in defending clients against minor and serious criminal charges, ensuring the best possible outcomes with a dedicated and experienced team.

MK Law provides legal representation in sexual offence cases, which are rather sensitive in nature, as they’re often surrounded by societal judgement and prejudice. When you’re accused of sexual offences, you need a reliable criminal defence lawyer with a strong defensive strategy for your particular case.

This is especially important in Victoria due to the complex legal rules surrounding the communication model for consent and the vitiating factors which often bring about criminal charges for sex offences such as rape. 

If you plan to plead guilty to a sexual offence, an experienced criminal lawyer can provide a robust defence in mitigation which may ultimately reduce the ultimate penalties. On the other hand, if you’re pleading not guilty, you need more than ever to have a zealous advocate experienced in contested hearings or trial work to ensure you have the best possible chances of being acquitted of the crime you have been accused of. 

The laws and legal procedures for sexual offences are quite complicated and somewhat different from the laws and regulations governing other aspects of the Victorian legal system. Many sexual offences in Victoria carry with it other consequences for a finding of guilt including but not limited to being placed on the Sex Offender Register. This may have severe consequences for employment and international travel. 

That’s why you need an experienced criminal lawyer if you have been accused of a sex offence crime. Hiring and consulting experienced sexual offence lawyers is the only way to ensure the best possible outcome.

There are thousands of criminal offences you can be charged with in Victoria (as well as commonwealth laws) under statute and the common law, and criminal lawyers in Melbourne, like those at MK Law firm, have the local expertise to handle a wide range of these offences. Criminal laws encompass a vast range of offences, ranging from summary offences which are regarded as minor offending (level 7-10) all the way up to serious indictable crimes like murder (level 6-1). Simply put, MK Law firm has a proven track record of defending clients from wrongful accusations and allegations, as well as ensuring a just and fair outcome for clients intending on pleading guilty within our criminal justice system.

With our firm’s depth of knowledge and experience in matters of legal rights, MK Law can provide more than just initial consultations; we can provide expert legal representation in all criminal cases, ensuring that you, as a client, and your rights are legally protected at all times. Melbourne criminal lawyers at MK Law are dedicated to offering their expertise and support throughout the legal process, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our clients. Our team includes specialist criminal lawyers who are focused on providing the highest level of legal advice, guidance, and advocacy in the Victorian criminal justice system.

Melbourne’s criminal justice system takes drug offences, especially those related to drug trafficking and distribution, very seriously. The consequences of facing these charges without adequate legal counsel can be quite severe, which is why it’s important to have an experienced lawyer who understands criminal procedure rules as well as the rules of evidence. 

If a police officer finds large quantities of illegal substances, such as artificially manufactured drugs and naturally cultivated substances, on your person or residence, you might be charged with Trafficking based on Possession for the Purpose of Sale due to the volume.

This is a rather serious legal issue, and an experienced criminal lawyer armed with comprehensive knowledge of our drug laws can provide excellent legal representation, working towards achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

Drunk driving, colloquially known as DUI, often results in severe consequences for your drivers licence. In most cases, a first-time conviction for DUI nearly always results in a loss of your drivers licence in Victoria. In truth there are not many legal defence options available to ensure you keep your drivers licence. In some rare cases to do with police conducting their activities on private property, duress, evidence admissibility of blood or breath sample evidence in excess of the three (3) hour rule and in even rarer cases, mental incapacity, an accused client may ultimately end up having their charges withdrawn or be found not guilty due to the breaking in the chain of causation.

If your drink driving matter contains a rather unusual fact pattern it is worth discussing this with us. Most of our representation for clients in Court are for mandatory Court appearances for mid to high range drink driving or for clients who have a subsequent charge of drink driving within a 10 year period. If this is your case, we may be able to assist you with ensuring the Court keeps your licence loss to the mandatory minimum, especially where there are aggravating features such as drink driving charges being laid after a motor vehicle accident.  

Beyond DUI charges, there are more than a dozen other charges our clients could potentially face, from driving without a licence, improper use of a motor vehicle, and refuse-to-stop charges to speeding. These offences might seem minor, but they can have long-lasting consequences on your driving record and insurance premiums.

It’s important to have a good criminal lawyer who deals with traffic charges, regardless of how minor the driving offence might seem. We understand the importance of maintaining a clean record, and our legal team will represent you with diligence, ensuring that you receive fair treatment throughout the whole legal process.

Following the advent of the internet and wireless technologies, fraud cases have become increasingly complex. Whether we’re discussing credit card fraud, identity theft, or corporate embezzlement, fraud allegations have a massive potential to tarnish your reputation and incur severe legal penalties.

At MK Law, our legal team uses extensive experience in navigating the complex legal waters surrounding fraud cases. We’ll work closely with you to better understand the nuances of your particular case, build a robust defence strategy, and work towards protecting both your reputation and your freedom.

Please note we do not represent clients who are victims of fraud. Generally these are matters you need to discuss with police and in some circumstances if you are a victim of fraud of a significant value, you may have a cause of action in the civil jurisdiction under tort law. These types of proceedings are usually very expensive and MK Law does not offer retainers for this type of work. 

Not every verdict is just. Fortunately, every accused person has the right to appeal a Magistrates Court decision they believe is unjust. This can be by way of a de novo hearing, which will hear the entire matter again from the beginning without any required legal grounds of appeal. However, if you only wish to appeal a Magistrates Court sentence, this is also an option in the County Court. There are strict time limits to lodge a de novo hearing or sentence appeal being 28 days. If you are appealing after this timeframe, you will need exceptional circumstances, and this will require leave of the Court first. 

Our County Court appeals lawyers at MK Law specialise in challenging verdicts as well as advocating for a client for a more lenient sentence if there appears to have been an injustice. If you believe that you’ve been wrongfully convicted or you’ve received an unfair sentence, the team at MK Law will meticulously examine the details of your case, identify any grounds for appeal, and represent your appeal case. Sometimes for sentencing appeals we may recommend that you obtain a forensic psychologist report which may better inform the Court as to your mental health and recidivism risks which often assists the Court in ordering a new sentence which is more favourable to your unique circumstances.

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Why Choose MK Law?

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The role of a criminal defence lawyer is often misunderstood in our community. Often people believe that all lawyers do is try and get their clients off police charges. In reality, criminal defence lawyers are officers of the Supreme Court and have duties to the Court first before our clients. That being said, a criminal lawyer’s first role is to ensure that the police evidence is sufficient to achieve a finding of guilt beyond reasonable doubt according to the rules of evidence. If that is not the case, we will likely conference with police to have your charges withdrawn and if that is not successful we will advise you to plead not guilty. 

In the summary jurisdiction (Magistrates Court), if you are found not guilty after a contested hearing, the Commissioner of Police will be ordered to pay your legal fees. At MK Law, our team of expert criminal defence lawyers brings specialized knowledge and expertise to every case, ensuring the best possible defense for our clients.

Whilst it is true that a client who is guilty can still request their lawyer to put the prosecution to proof to prove their case, all reputable law firms should strongly advise their clients to plead guilty in circumstances where there is a strong case against them. There is nothing worse than taking a client’s money for a contested hearing or trial doomed to failure. More importantly, a person found guilty after a proceeding may end up with an aggravated sentence compared to an early plea of guilty.

At MK Law we take our duties to the Courts and our clients very seriously. We are in the business of law and evidence and there is no place in selling clients false hopes. We often do appeals for clients who have come to us after receiving a harsh sentence in circumstances where their former lawyer sold them false hopes in running a trial or contested hearing. This often leads to having to spend more money on fixing the legal mess after the fact.

In a world where nearly all law firms are holding themselves out to be the best, MK Law stands out from the crowd. MK Law has been around since the early 2000’s and is arguably in the top 5 firms by reputation dealing with traffic law matters.

We have thousands of positive reviews online from google as well as other platforms. If you have found yourself in criminal law trouble, rest assured you’re in good hands with MK law.

To get started, give us a quick call and email your police brief of evidence. We will assess this documentation and provide you with some initial advice. If you are happy with our assessment, you can then retain our firm to take carriage of your matter up to finalisation. Don’t delay, call MK Law today!

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Our Client Process

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offence or investigated for potentially breaching the law, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. MK Law is at your disposal during business hours or 24/7 if you find yourself in police custody. Our criminal lawyers can provide you with urgent advice and help protect your legal rights from the outset of your legal matter.


Act fast and give us a call; our call service is available 24/7, or book a free consultation on our website. Just visit our website, leave your details and a short message describing your issue, and we’ll get back to you with the details regarding your consultation. After that, we can discuss your situation in detail and provide you with legal advice on how to handle your case in the best way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our legal services:

If you have been charged, contact MK Law immediately. Being charged with a criminal offence is a serious matter; everything you say and do without the presence or consultation by your criminal lawyer could potentially make your legal issues worse.

You should contact MK Law immediately after you’re charged with a criminal offence or at the earliest convenience possible.

Having an experienced criminal defence attorney ensures that your rights are protected, and because we’re experienced in navigating the complexities of the legal system, it maximises your chances of a favourable outcome.

Simply put, a crime is a wrong where the community is the victim. This includes minor offences like speeding and parking fines. The police are usually the party that represents the State and the community in prosecuting criminal matters, but there can be other enforcement agencies for other crimes, like the council or the RSPCA. Civil wrongs are wrongs between two or more people or a class of people.  Sometimes a wrong can be a criminal and civil wrong. For example, assault is a criminal offence as well as a civil wrong (the tort of battery). Sometimes a victim of assault for example, may receive a restitution order for damages as a result of this criminal offence. A person may also sue an accused for damages in the civil stream under the tort of battery. 

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