Studied Law at University of Technology after having completed a degree in genetics and microbiology.
Admitted as a lawyer in 2002.
2002-2003 Employed at the Aboriginal Legal Service.
2003-2008 Employed at a specialist criminal law firm in Sydney.
2008-Current Founder and Partner of Benjamin & Leonardo Criminal Defence Lawyers, specialising in Criminal Law.
Studied Law at University of Sydney. Whilst studying Law was employed at a Law firm specialising in Criminal Law 2001- 2004.
Admitted as Lawyer 2005.
2005-2008 Employed at a specialist criminal law firm in Sydney.
2008-Current Founder and Partner of Benjamin & Leonardo Criminal Defence Lawyers, specialising in Criminal Law.
Experience within the Criminal Justice System purely representing people charged with Criminal offences 17 years.
Outline of some recent cases
High Court of Australia
Supreme Court of New South Wales
GANGLAND MURDERS. The offender to an aggregate non-parole period of 15 years and 9 months commencing on 1 March 2014 and expiring on 30 November 2029. There will be a balance of parole of 5 years and 3 months commencing on 1 December 2029 and expiring on 28 February 2035.
MURDER AND ROBBERY. For the offence of murder, the offender sentenced to imprisonment for 14 years and 8 months consisting of a non-parole period of 11 years commencing on 12 August 2015 expiring on 11 August 2026 with a balance of term of 3 years and 8 months expiring on 11 April 2030. For the offence of armed robbery with wounding sentence Lloyd Edward Haines to a fixed term of imprisonment of 5 years commencing on 12 August 2014 expiring on 11 August 2019.
District Court Trials 2018
2018 – Client charged with aggravated sexual assault. Jury-trial Downing Centre District Court. Prior contact between the complainant and the accused including images, WhatsApp messaging and phone calls. Police set up a recorded telephone conversation where the accused made what the Crown lead as admissions to the sexual assault. The complainant didn’t disclose all relevant material to the Prosecution, after significant research was conducted material was located which was put to the complainant in cross examination which raised significant credibility issues. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
2018 – Client charged with sexual assault. Jury- trial Downing Centre District Court. Significant contact between the parties, phone downloads including WhatsApp, iPhone notes, snapchat internet search history, history of reading articles connected to the offence. Police set up a recorded conversation between the accused and the complainant. Medical evidence from an expert relied upon by the Prosecution. Senior Counsel was briefed to appear in this matter. The jury were unable to return a verdict.
2018 – Client charged with dangerous driving causing death and tamper with evidence. Jury trial before Sydney District Court. A number of Prosecution witnesses, expert evidence, a view of the scene of the accident in the presence of the Judge and Jury, recorded interviews and CCTV footage. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
Outline of some reported cases
ATTEMPT TO POSSESS a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border-controlled drug. Mr Oviedo sentenced to imprisonment consisting of a non-parole period of 3 years and a head sentence of 6 years.
ATTEMPT MURDER. Multiple accused trial before at jury. Involved Rebels motorcycle club. The allegation was the group of males planned to shoot a person associated with the club.
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Benjamin & Leonardo Criminal Defence Lawyers are a Sydney based law firm with an expansive area of practice that services Sydney, local and district courts throughout country New South Wales and Australia. With daily appearances in criminal courts, Benjamin & Leonardo will bring a wealth of experience to your legal matter.
Benjamin & Leonardo volunteer their time as lecturers at the Traffic Offenders Intervention Program, which is now organised by the Attorney General’s Department in conjunction with the various Police Community Youth Clubs in New South Wales. This is a testament to the superior knowledge both partners have in relation to drink driving and all other traffic offences.
The firm’s commitment to the community was recognised by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales in 2009 where Benjamin & Leonardo were finalists in the 2009 Justice Awards.
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Regardless if you’re guilty or innocent, if you have already been charged with a criminal offence it is vital that you seek the appropriate representation as soon as possible. Facing these charges alone without the proper expertise can be a stressful time that can be easily avoided.
The team at Benjamin & Leonardo Criminal Defence Lawyers have over 25 years of combined experience to help you get the results that you need. Dealing with criminal law for such a long we have been able to formulate effective strategies to ensure that all of our clients remain as calm as possible and are kept in the loop during all stages of the case.
Do you need a criminal lawyer in Sydney?
The first step that you should be taking when looking for a criminal lawyer in Sydney is to determine whether you require their assistance. Lessor crimes such as traffic offences may seem insignificant and the extra cost of hiring a criminal lawyer in Sydney is just not worth it.
However, lessor crimes and small offences can still lead to significant fines and extreme measures such as a loss of license and a criminal record. A criminal lawyer in Sydney can save you a lot of money and time if they are able to get you a better sentencing compared to if you went to Court alone.
Benjamin & Leonardo volunteer their free time to lecture at the Traffic Offenders Intervention Program. As of now the program is now organised by the Attorney General’s Department that is in conjunction with various Police Community Youth Clubs in the New South Wales region. Their devotion to the cause is a true testament to the knowledge that both partners share in relation to traffic offences.
Additionally, if you are on trial or are faced with more serious charges such as murder, you want to be sure that you have a professional with years of experience in your corner to help fight for you.
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It is legal for individuals in Australia to choose to be their own representation in court; however most people don’t have the skillset or knowledge to do it effectively and in turn end up hurting their case even more. Benjamin & Leonardo are criminal lawyers in Sydney that know the system and have been practicing these types of cases for many years.
When you’ve been to court many times you get an understanding of the atmosphere and how certain types of judges and court rooms act. Being aware of the correct procedures and the preferred actions can give your case a leading edge.
You want to be sure that you’re getting representation that is relevant to your case. Hiring a firm like Benjamin & Leonardo with over 25 years in the criminal law area is a lot more preferable than going for alternatives that specialise in other areas such as family law.
Thank you Ben. I don’t know how you get the results you get me. You’re the best solicitor I’ve ever known by far.
I was recently represented by Leo Premutico of law firm Benjamin & Leonardo concerning matters relating to driving offenses.
From the first conference, Mr Premutico behaved in an extremely professional ad courteous manner and demonstrated a complete knowledge of the relevant Law relating to my matter. After reviewing the facts of the matter, he quickly reached a decision regarding the Sections of Law that would apply and outlined the potential penalties relating to the matter.
There were extenuating circumstances relating to my case which were of an extremely sensitive nature. Mr Premutico was at all times respectful and compassionate. Without labouring unnecessarily on the details of the circumstances, he was decisive in the approach that should be taken and articulated the necessary reasons for the recommended approach.
At Court, Mr Premutico was highly effective in delivering the legal arguments relating to the matter and successfully represented the case to achieve a non-conviction, remission of penalty, and other successful outcomes.
Additionally, the costs the professional services of Benjamin & Leonardo were under 1/3 of the estimated of costs provided by previous legal counsel that was previously engaged to represent the matter and who provided misinformation regarding the law, the application of the law, and the associated penalties.
I would not hesitate to recommend the professional legal services of Leo Premutico Partner at Benjamin & Leonardo firm.
Just want to say again THANK YOU! Thank you for your amazing representation. The way you worded everything with my case was amazing and I cannot thank you enough. The outcome was unbelievable, I’m still in shock to be honest, but just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. All the best to you and your family. You’re an amazing solicitor and I will definitely pass anyone in a situation like mine your way. Thank you again!
Thank you and well done on a great outcome. T was up against a lot and your presentation, depth of knowledge and your sell on T’s character sealed a great result for a young woman – thanks.
I would like to genuinely thank you for putting your time and effort into my unfortunate case this past year. It has been a stressful year for my family and I. However your service and dedication provided a positive outcome. I wish you nothing but the best. You have been a supportive friend throughout this process.
My fiancé and I were really impressed with the way you spoke in Court for me today! You did an excellent job. Once again thank you very much.
Thank you very much for getting the section 10 which is a great result for my wife. We are pleased with the outcome and your handling of the case. We cannot thank you enough for your help. You are fantastic in Court. We appreciate your communication through tough times and your good words gave us a lot of confidence. We will gladly recommend your services to any of my friends or family that may ever need it.
I am very grateful to Leo Premutico, a partner at Benjamin & Leonardo Criminal Defence Lawyers for the result he achieved for me. What’s great about Leo, is just how personable and understanding he is. I could see that he has put himself into my shoes and saw the situation from my perspective. Leo has great empathy and is very generous with his time. He’s very knowledgeable, experienced, knows the judges well and is pragmatic with his advice.
I could not recommend Leo more highly. If I ever need a lawyer again, and I hope it will never happen, I know who I will come to. Thank you Leo.
I would like to thank Leo Premutico for all his help in my drink driving charge and for getting me a section 10 in this matter. He is very knowledgeable and knows how to handle the matter very well. Leo took the matter very seriously and understood how much I needed my license for my job and went out of his way to help me in this matter. He has a good rapport with the magistrates and other clerical staff and tells you his best advise to proceed when the matter is at court .I would like to again thank Leo on all his work for this matter and will be telling anyone with a legal matter to call on him because he was so good and caring in my matter because I will be if I have any further problems
I am delighted to be able to provide a reference for Leo Premutico, Partner at Benjamin Leonardo.
Leo was referred to us by Senior Counsel on a matter regarding our son. In our first consultation with him we were impressed with the professionalism he displayed in approaching the matter, the speed at which he grasped the essence of the case, the clarity with which he spelt out the law in relation to the case, and the clear and concise advice he gave us in respect of the preparation that was required to be done.
In court, Leo was very strategic in respect of his approach to the Magistrate, his timing of the defence submission, his presentation of the defence case where he emphasised all relevant issues that strengthened the defence. He was respectful but firm, and needless to say we achieved a good result.
Leo is very personable, very approachable, and very responsive, important qualities especially where young persons are concerned. We were impressed by the manner in which he counselled and encouraged our son, and how he was able to make our son feel comfortable in what can be a daunting environment.
We have no hesitation in recommending Leo as an excellent defence lawyer.