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Anne-Alece Johnston is the Principal Solicitor of Northern Rivers Law at Grafton NSW.  

Her substantial area of practice is Criminal Law.

Anne-Alece provides legal representation within the Northern Rivers region, including appearances at Maclean, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Casino, Ballina, Tweed Heads and Byron Bay. 

If required, Anne-Alece will appear in all superior Courts in relation to any criminal matters set down for trial or sentence, including release applications and appeals throughout the Northern Rivers and other areas of the State.

Northern Rivers Law is open Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Appointments after 5:00pm by prior arrangement only

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When it comes to your Court appearance, Anne-Alece is dedicated to working with you each step of the way to make sure that you receive the best possible outcome for any type of criminal offence.  She will provide you with clear, straightforward, legal advice regarding the most effective way to manage your case, irrespective of the nature of the charge.  

Facing court can be a difficult time for anyone, particularly if you are going to court for the very first time.  Based on her broad experience of criminal law and advocacy skills, Anne-Alece understands that most criminal offences may be related to personal hardship, poverty and deprivation, homelessness, illicit substance addiction, mental illness, loss of a loved one, social isolation, cultural barriers, marginalization, and any other unexpected life challenges that may have placed you before the Court.  Regardless of your charge, Anne-Alece will run your matter to finalisation with professionalism, integrity and experience. 


If you have a family member or partner who is detained in police custody or remanded in jail, and they require competent and considered legal representation, please do not hesitate to contact Anne-Alece in relation to a release application (bail) or to hold a face-to-face conference with that person. 

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Criminal Law - Professional Services

Anne-Alece is a Legal Aid panel member for summary (Local Court) offences and strictly indictable offences (District Court).


Should you require legal representation for your criminal offence, Anne-Alece provides a range of professional services in the following areas below (but not limited to):

  • ​Loss of Licence: Adult, P1 and P2 licence suspensions / appeals against Transport NSW / habitual offender declarations, and other licence offences 

  • Driving Offences: Drink driving – High range PCA, mid-range, low range, special and novice drink driving offences / drive while disqualified or suspended  / illicit substance offences / dangerous or negligent driving / menacing driving – road rage / loss of traction, burn out / using mobile telephones and other driving offences 

  • Personal Violence Offences: Breach of Apprehended Violence Orders / intimidation and threatening behaviour/ stalking / choke hold offences / harassment

  • Drug Offences: Possession / supply / cultivation / drug equipment / manufacture of illicit substances 

  • Firearms:  Unlicenced / unlawful use and storage / possession of prohibited firearms / unlawful use of explosives

  • Prohibited Weapons: Unlawful use  / unlawful possession  / unlawfully obtain prohibited weapon

  • Dishonesty Offences: Fraud / theft / deal with proceeds of crime / credit card offences / intellectual property offences / blackmail / extortion 

  • Goods in Custody: Possession of property suspected as stolen / selling stolen items for financial gain

  • Offences Against Police: Assault police / resist arrest / hinder police in the execution of their duty / escape lawful custody  / police pursuit

  • Robbery: Armed / aggravated robbery – ‘in company’ – offences

  • Kidnapping: Take and detain  

  • Property Offences: Break and enter / trespass / malicious damage / arson / explosion / graffiti 

  • Heavy Vehicle Offences: Semi-trailer / truck and trailer / log book offences / excessive load offences 

  • Physical Violence Offences: Murder / attempted murder / homicide / manslaughter / grievous bodily harm  / wounding / assault 

  • Mental Health: Section 32 Applications (no conviction recorded by reason of mental illness) 

  • Release Applications: Bail – Local, District and Supreme Court release applications 

  • Annulment Applications:  Convictions set aside

  • Breach of Bail Conditions: Commission of fresh offences while on bail

  • Sexual Offences: Indecent, aggravated and child sexual assault offences 

  • Commonwealth Offences:  Child pornography / Centrelink offences

  • Appeals to District Court - Conviction and Sentence Appeals from Local and Children’s Court of NSW 

  • Sentencing Breaches - Conditional release orders / community service orders / intensive corrections orders

If required, should your matter proceed to the District or Supreme Court, Anne-Alece’s broad experience in criminal law has enabled her to have access to senior criminal law barristers, inclusive of Queens Counsel, who can appear in all criminal law courts throughout NSW.


For experienced legal representation, do not hesitate to call Anne-Alece on (02) 6669 1071 or send an email to: to make an appointment.

Additional Services

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Legal Aid

If you are receiving a Centrelink benefit, or you perhaps you earn a low income and you do not own real property or assets of particular value, subject to the approval of Legal Aid NSW, you may be eligible for a Grant of Legal Aid to run your matter in Court.


Please contact Anne-Alece to find out if you are entitled to a Grant of Legal Aid:

(02) 6669 1071 or select ‘Contact’ to send an email to:

requesting an appointment. 

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Contact Anne-Alece

Anne-Alece Johnston

Principal Solicitor

P | (02) 6669 1071 

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A | 142 Fitzroy Street,

Grafton NSW 2460


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