Step One: Inititial Consultation and Advice

This is where you meet with one of our lawyers and discuss the unique complexities of the case. We will provide you with an upfront appraisal of the costs of your case and your potential eligibility for Victorian Legal Aid. At this stage you will receive preliminary advice on the likely direction of the case and we obtain initial instructions.

Step Two: Case Plan

Every case is different and a strong case plan is vital to maximise chances for success. At this stage develop and strategise a case plan on how to achieve the best result for you and your family. It is then we begin aggressively negotiating with the opposing side and develop strategies that will achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Step Three: Court

Court can be extraordinarily stressful and can often occur at short notice. We will give you an experienced legal team to strongly represent you when you have your day in court. We will ensure that one of our criminal lawyers or barristers will be there to assist you to ensure the best outcome for your case.


Originally established in 2003 as C. Marshall & Associates with proud roots in the West as leading criminal lawyers in Sunshine. We rebranded in 2021 as Marshall Jovanovska Ralph ('MJR') Criminal Lawyers. We are a boutique, results orientated criminal law firm who will defend your rights vigorously in court. Our lawyers are respected and talented advocates who appear in all courts everyday. We will listen to your side of the story and put forward a positive defensive strategy for your case. We are conveniently located in the Melbourne CBD as well as in the western suburbs in Sunshine. We appear in all courts in Australia. No case is too complex and we practice solely in criminal law.

Our firm is renowned for defending serious and complex crime.

Contested Hearings, Trials and Appeals

We take on the tough cases and will represent anyone without fear or favour. No case is too complex. Our decades of experience will help guide you through the criminal justice system so you get the best possible outcome.

We focus on quality only

We are a results orientated firm. We believe that each case takes time and vigorous analysis. We ensure that each client is in constant contact regarding their case. Our solicitors are dedicated advocates and appear in court everyday.

Bail Applications

Bail Applications are vital, and if not prepared properly then can add unneccessary trauma to your case. We apply for bail strategically and argue all available points to ensure that you and your family members have the best chance of success.

Experience Matters. We have defended over 9000+ people


Our lawyers have successfully defended thousands of people charged with serious criminal offences. We are experienced, dedicated and ready to defend.

We examine the case from all angles

We examine all the legal, factual, evidentiary and scientific aspects of the case to ensure that your rights are protected. We regularly brief top barristers, psychologists, psychiatrists, expert witnesses, SC's and KC's to leave no stone unturned.


No matter what crime you are charged with, contact our lawyers to discuss your case.

Bail applications are the initial stage of securing someone’s freedom. Our firm has successfully represented many thousands of bail applications in the Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts. We are experienced trial lawyers and appeal advocates, regularly achieving excellent results for our clients. It doesn’t matter what crime you or your family is charged with or in which jurisdiction our firm has the experience and the talent to be able to defend your case.

Just because you or a loved one is accused of committing a serious criminal offence where someone is injured or killed doesn’t mean that you are guilty of an offence. You should speak to our lawyers early on in the case in order to best prepare for the allegations against you.

Family violence and IVO charges are some of the most common charges in our justice system. It is an area of law that requires specialised knowledge in terms of intervention orders as well as the criminal justice system. If you have been subject to allegations of family violence or been subject to an intervention order you should contact us now. We handle serious allegations of family violence.

Our lawyers appear in many different driving cases in all jurisdictions ranging from drinking driving to driving whilst suspended to vehicular manslaughter. If your licence or liberty is at risk please call us so we can assess your case.

Our office has represented over 7,000 people charged with all sorts of property, violent and sexual offences. If you or a loved one is charged with these offences you need experienced lawyers and solicitor advocates to defend you.

These are generally known as ‘dishonesty offences’ and can have devastating effects on your liberty and future employment. Dishonesty offences can range from a simple shop theft all the way up to sophisticated white collar deceptions spanning into the millions of dollars. Our lawyers have seen and defended against all of these charges and are here to defend you.

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Our Team

Our team of criminal lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that your rights and interests are protected. Every lawyer is experienced and appears in court everyday. Our team prides itself on innovative and bold defences, persuasive advocacy and excellent results.

Cameron Marshall

Founding Partner and Criminal Law Specialist

MB, BSc, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip LP

Cameron Marshall founded C. Marshall & Associates (now Marshall Jovanovska & Ralph) in January 2003. He was recognised as a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law in 2006. Cameron graduated with degrees in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University in 1997 and has practised exclusively in criminal law ever since. Cameron is well known in the criminal justice system as a persuasive defence lawyer who believes every citizen deserves a strong defence. He is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Supreme Court of Western Australia and in the High Court of Australia.

Daniela Jovanovska


BComm, LL.B

Daniela Jovanovska graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University in 1998 and a degree in Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University in 1996. Recognised as an Accredited Specialist in 2006 whilst in defence, Daniela continued her specialisation until 2010 after being in the employ at the OPP. With experience in both defending and prosecuting, Daniela has a rare of understanding of defending complex prosecutions. Daniela primarily focuses on serious indictable crimes and jury trials. Daniela is fluent in Macedonian & conversant in Serbian and Croatian.

Felix Ralph


BA (Criminology)/LL.B, GradDipLP

Felix Ralph joined the firm in 2014. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) and Bachelor of Law at Monash University where he won prizes for Criminal Investigation Law & Procedure and also in Elements of Forensic Medicine. He attended the College of Law under full scholarship. Felix became partner in 2019 running the Melbourne office. In 2022 he led the acquisition of Kaczmarek Grigor Lawyers. Felix focuses on serious indictable crime, trial and appellate work. He was a nominee for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards for 2022 and 2023. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a Barrister and Solicitor and in the High Court of Australia.

Sam Hall

Senior Associate

LLB, GradDipLP

Sam Hall joined MJR Criminal Lawyers in 2023. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Victoria University in 2021 and completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) at Leo Cussen in 2021. Prior to becoming a defence lawyer, Sam was a Victoria Police officer for 7 years working in a range of operational roles. Due to his experience Sam brings a unique perspective and understanding in his role as a criminal defence lawyer. He is a persuasive and empathetic advocate who will strongly defend your rights. Sam was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2022 and appears in all jurisdictions across the state.

Jessica Giordmaina


BLegDispSt, AdvDipLegPrac

Jessica Giordmaina joined MJR Criminal Lawyers in 2022 as a law clerk, previously working at Kaczmarek Grigor Lawyers and joining us when that firm was acquired in 2022. Jessica graduated with an Advance Diploma in Legal Practice (AdvDipLegPrac) from RMIT in 2020 and a Bachelor of Legal Disputes and Studies (BLegDispSt) in 2022 also from RMIT. Jessica enjoys a reputation as a reliable and efficient communicator with an empathetic and pragmatic style. Jessica is conversant in Maltese.

Trang Hoang

Articled Clerk and Office Manager

BComm, M.I.B., J.D.

Trang Hoang joined the firm in 2017 and is the practice and office manager. Trang has completed a Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Marketing and Management), Master of International Business and a Juris Doctorate from Monash University. Trang is responsible for the management of the firm and liaising with clients. She enjoys a reputation as an efficienct and effective manager and communicator. Trang is fluent in Vietnamese and conversant in Mandarin. She is currently undergoing training as an Articled Clerk to become a lawyer.

Kaushalya Bernadus

Senior Associate

LLB, GDLP, LLM, MA(Criminology)

Kaushalya Bernadus joined MJR Criminal Lawyers in 2023. Kaushalya completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of London, her Masters of Law at the University of Colombo, Masters of Justice and Criminology at RMIT and her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Leo Cussen. Kaushalya was Crown Counsel for the Attorney-General of Sri Lanka for five years before working at the OPP in 2022. She brings a wealth of experience and is a dedicated advocate with excellent levels of client service. She is fluent in Sinhalese.

Aaron Day

Senior Associate

BA (Crim)(Psych), GradDip Psychology, LLB, GradDipLP

Aaron Day joined MJR Criminal Lawyers in 2023 as a solicitor advocate. Aaron has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology and Psychology, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Deakin University. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Aaron spent fourteen years with Corrections Victoria in operations and then governance. He brings with him a wealth of practical experience, excellent communication and case management skills. Aaron was admitted in February 2023 to the Supreme Court of Victoria and is a persuasive and nuanced advocate with an intimate knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Jason James

In House Counsel

LLB (Hons), GradDipLp

Jason James was admitted in February of 2020. He joined MJR Criminal Lawyers initially in 2021 before working at Victorian Legal Aid in 2022. In 2023, Jason returned to the firm as in house counsel and is primarily involved in appearing in contested hearings, contested bail applications as well as pleas and appeals in the County Court of Victoria. He works mainly on indictable crime matters. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and enjoys a reputation as a dynamic and thoughtful advocate.

Contact Us

Please do not hesitate to consult us for an initial free consultation to discuss the needs of your case


238 Hampshire Road SUNSHINE VIC AUS
Office 1, Level 5 443 Little Collins Street MELBOURNE  VIC  AUS

Phone Number

(03) 9311 8500