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Karen Weeks B Juris LLB (UNSW) has more than 24 years experience as a criminal defence lawyer and specialises in assisting those with cognitive or mental health impairments (see our History page or click here for further information). 

All courts are serviced in the Sydney CBD and metropolitan area including Central Local Court, the Downing Centre, Newtown Local Court, Bankstown Local Court, Burwood Local Court, Ryde Local Court, North Sydney Local Court, Parramatta Local Court, Waverley Local Court, Sutherland Local Court, Penrith Local Court, Campbelltown Local Court, Manly Local Court and Hornsby Local Court

Karen has travelled to regional courts in Bega, Batemans Bay, Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Cooma, Gosford, Lismore, Moruya, Newcastle, Nowra, Port Macquarie, Raymond Terrace, Queanbeyan, Wollongong and Young.

Karen has a great track record in obtaining Section 10s (click here) and Section 32s (click here) and has the experience, expertise and knowledge to handle complex, serious and minor criminal charges.  Karen appears in the Children's, Local, District and Supreme Courts and travels throughout NSW. 

CMH Lawyers can assist in all matters including :

  • sniffer dog and other drug offences including possession, manufacture and/or supply prohibited drug. Click here to go to our page on drug offences;
  • traffic matters including drive with novice, special, low, medium or high range PCA offences (drink driving), driving under the influence of alcohol or drug.  For further information on drink driving offences click here);
  • licence appeals against decisions of the Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA);
  • public order offences including offensive language / behaviour, resist arrest, riot and affray.
  • assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, malicious infliction of grievous bodily harm (GBH) and malicious wounding;
  • steal from the person, robbery and armed robbery;
  • dishonesty offences including shoplifting, larceny and fraud offences;
  • indecent and sexual assault;
  • murder and manslaughter
For those charged by police with a criminal offence(s) evidence of mental ill-health can be relevant in a number of ways. See our Mental Health page or click here for more information.  Options canvassed by CMH Lawyers in relation to a police charge(s) include (where appropriate):
  • bail applications;
  • pleading guilty;

  • pleading not guilty;

  • making an application pursuant to section 32 Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (known as a "Section 32 application").  For further information see our Section 32 application page or click here.    Section 32 Guides published by Karen Weeks are available on our Section 32 Guide page or by clicking here.

  • tendering evidence of mental ill-health in mitigation of sentence;  

  • fitness to plead;

  • the defence of mental illness (M'Naghten Rules)

 Consider the testimonials of former clients or click here.

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