Kristina Kothrakis is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist, appearing on a daily basis in the Magistrates’, County and Children’s Courts of Victoria on pleas of guilty, pleas of not guilty, committal hearings, bail applications, appeals, and licence restorations.
Kristina defends clients charged by Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Customs, Traffic Accident Commission (TAC), and Worksafe. Her areas of expertise include sexual offences, white collar crime, drug trafficking/importations, and also includes driving charges and summary crime.
She also appears at various Commissions including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (both private and public hearings), and Royal Commissions.
Kristina enjoys her role as a criminal solicitor advocate. She works closely with her clients to understand what their objectives are, and works tirelessly to try and achieve that end goal. She has great success in having charges withdrawn, persuading police officers to recommend Diversion, and with achieving non-conviction outcomes at Court. She understands that being charged by police and appearing at Court can be very daunting, so good communication, sound advice and being well prepared are crucial.
When representing clients with jury trials, she believes that a strong case theory, well supported by evidence is absolutely fundamental to success. She works closely with Counsel who are briefed based on their suitability for the particular case, utilising both our in-house Counsel, and also barristers from the Victorian Bar.
She has developed a strong practice in the Appellant jurisdiction, having had many successes in both the County Court and the Court of Appeal for conviction appeals and sentence appeals. Clients often present having had a negative experience with their previous lawyers, and/or the criminal justice system in the lower Courts. She feels a sense of pride when she is able to achieve a result where the client perceives the injustice to have been corrected.
Kristina completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science (major in Psychology, minor in chemistry) at Monash University. The bachelor of psychology has proven to be invaluable due to the close interaction with clients who suffer from mental health issues.
She is community minded and believes in access to justice. She volunteers her time as a Board member of the Northern Community Legal Centre, and is also on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Her Greek heritage is an asset to our Greek speaking clients.