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Avoid jail time, defend your rights and maintain a clean record. We specialise in defending first-time offenders, DUI and drug possession arrestees.

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Criminal Defence Attorney South Africa

It’s 2.00 am on Sunday morning. You’re sitting in a holding cell at your local police station. A good night out has turned into a nightmare and you’ve been arrested. You’re frightened and unsure of what will happen next. You need an experienced and compassionate criminal defence attorney to defend your rights.

SD Law is an established Cape Town-based law firm with offices in Johannesburg that offers experienced legal support in criminal defence cases. Contact us today for all your criminal defence needs.

We solve your immediate problem

Whether you’ve made a genuine mistake or feel you’ve been wrongfully arrested your first concern is getting out of that cell. We will arrange your bail and get you home. After that we will begin to look at your case and determine the best course of action for you.

And then we deal with your future

If you’re a first-time offender, you may be very worried about the impact of a criminal record on your future, whether that means your employment prospects, chance of promotion, or educational outcome. We specialise in criminal defence services to first-time offenders, particularly those who have been charged with driving under the influence and drug possession. Our clients include everyone from students to professionals.


Image of a gavelOur approach is practical, empathetic and non-judgmental. We’re committed to finding the best possible outcome for you. As far as possible, we do this by diverting worthy cases away from the criminal justice system and towards restorative justice processes and rehabilitation.

Our wealth of experience has taught us that this is usually in the best interests of everyone involved, especially when it’s a first-time offence. If successful, this means you won’t have a criminal record.

Strong relationships with officials

We are deeply familiar with local court proceedings, and have strong relationships with senior prosecutors and social workers. Time and again, our superior strategic and mediation skills have given our clients an advantage in the successful resolution of their cases. Our proven track record is evident in our rating as one of the top law firms in South Africa and in our host of positive reviews and testimonials.

What you can expect from us

  • Immediate and after-hours legal help – 24/7.
  • Emotionally intelligent and compassionate approach – we care about all our clients.
  • Transparent, affordable all-inclusive flat fees – fair payment terms.

How we help you

If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or possession of drugs, we will help you by:

  • Arranging your bail and negotiating the amount with the authorities, including after hours.
  • Consulting with you and providing relevant legal advice.
  • Representing you at your court appearance/s.
  • Providing criminal mediation support.
  • Making written representations for diversion.
  • Giving you our legal opinion on the strength of your evidence and the probability of a successful defence.
  • Litigating for you (opening a lawsuit) in the event of wrongful arrest and//or wrongful detention.

What to expect if you are arrested as a first-time offender

  1. You or your next of kin makes a phone call to your criminal defence attorney
  2. Your attorney explains the procedure to you
  3. Your attorney attends at police station or court to bail you out
  4. Your attorney appears with you at court for your first appearance
  5. Normally, the matter is postponed for further investigation
  6. Your attorney appears with you at court for the outcome of the investigation
  7. Your attorney assesses the evidence and consults with you, giving sound legal advice
  8. Your attorney makes written and verbal representations to the senior prosecutor to divert your case
  9. If successful, your case is diverted and charges are withdrawn, in exchange for community service with no criminal record
  10. If unsuccessful, you attorney will advise on further defences, and prepare for a trial.

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Lilian Smith
Lilian Smith
17:04 30 Mar 21
I wish to sincerely thank SD Law Attorney's for the prompt efficient and professional manner in which my query was... dealt with. I would highly recommend them for their excellent service. The advice and service received was beyond my expectation. Thank you once againread more
Jacqueline de Vos
Jacqueline de Vos
07:23 11 Mar 21
My husband and I had a telephonic consultation with Simon and Chris yesterday. We needed legal advice about our son who... has been bullied by the same boy for three years. Both attorneys gave us sound advice which took everything into consideration. They gave us detailed information on what we need to put in place now and what the next steps should be should there be another bullying incident. I came away feeling very supported, reassured and well informed. I know that I can contact them at any time now if something happens and they will take all the necessary actions. They have a very good understanding of our matter and have applied a lot of thought to it. Thank you, Simon and Chris!read more
Kenneth Dunn
Kenneth Dunn
11:36 10 Feb 21
Simon and Chris from SD Law have been an incredible help to me and my family through a very challenging time. They have... always been available to provided sound advice on short notice and it is evident that their experience is extensive as they knew exactly what needed to be done at any point. They have exceeded my expectations to the nth degree. They are exactly the type of firm you need to navigate you through uncertain and stressful times. Definitely the firm I will reach out to if I need help in the more
21:03 06 Feb 21
I engaged with Simon and Christopher for legal advice relating to a complicated and sensitive situation. From the very... first interaction, they were both professional, understood the sensitivity of the case and were very approachable and available. The advice received was clear and effective and I was able to ensure that the issue was dealt with quickly and efficiently. I would definitely recommend SD Law for any matter. They ensure that you receive the right advice, in the best manner possible, without the stress and anxiety that such situations can cause. SD Law is also progressive and informative in their approach to helping people. I am happy with my outcome!read more
Byron - Clear Sky Leds
Byron - Clear Sky Leds
12:43 05 Feb 21
Simon from SD Law helped me respond swiftly and decisively to what proved a minor matter for which I'm truly grateful... in more ways than one. Simon and his team really went that extra mile and got to the bottom of things rapidly. He responded to my emails almost immediately and gave me the advice I needed. Five stars for Simon and SD Law. Look no more
Jacqui Marlin
Jacqui Marlin
06:30 26 Jan 21
Simon and his team gave me top services, five star professional advices and fast analysis of the problems, leading to... good communication and explanations as well as implementation of decisions. The results were very positive, and i certainly will recommend the use of Simon and team services to people seeking for legal advices and more
Louise van der Merwe
Louise van der Merwe
12:37 22 Jan 21
Extremely helpful and responsive attorneys firm!! My bad tenant is gone forever! Highly recommend SD Law Attorneys.... Bravo more
Brian Tapson
Brian Tapson
10:53 04 Dec 20
I was skeptical to contact another Attorney firm as my previous Attorney firm I used was such a bad and disappointing... experience.With SD Law Cape Town Attorney I had the best service I could have asked for. Incredible service I must say. From my first email query, to my first consultation to my current standings all been have been brilliant.I'm so pleased with the work and progress from everyone working on my case. I can tell they genuinely have my best interests in mind. They are honest, straightforward, efficient, effective and have excellent communication skills ... keeping me updated regularly.Highly recommended Attorney Firm.A big thank you to Simone, Chris, Simon, more
Murray Wilson
Murray Wilson
06:45 04 Dec 20
Thank you Simon with an eFor you amazing service and your assistance with my unusual Trans Continental Divorce. Thank... you for going above and beyond my expectations in the prompt, personalised and professional services.Take care and Be more
Katia Beeden
Katia Beeden
15:01 01 Dec 20
Did you know that you can action a divorce in South Africa even if you got married in another country? For two years,... whilst separated and living back in South Africa, I was under the false impression that I could not divorce my husband as we were married in the USA. I was totally at his mercy when he kept delaying the divorce proceedings on his side in the US. It was a huge relief to discover that the power actually was in my hands. I initiated proceedings on my side, in South Africa, and was legally divorced within three months! Thank you Simon Dippenaar and Associates for your help and support facilitating my International Divorce. It feels good to finally be more
marlie koen
marlie koen
16:36 02 Nov 20
The best discision I could have made to use SD attorney's. Christopher Kennedy assisted me very quickly and made... something very stressful so easy. Thank you so much, you really made a big difference in my life! I can really recommend them to anyone and will Def use them again in more
Marius Janse van Rensburg
Marius Janse van Rensburg
08:14 09 Oct 20
Great advice and direction on my eviction case with the results. Great attorneys. Thank you very much.
NVC Vicky
NVC Vicky
15:03 14 Sep 20
Professional and knowledgeable is a definite understatement .Not only helpful by means of going many extra miles ,... but compassionate and understanding which regrettably are attributes not often associated with legal practitioners but always associated with Mr Dippennar's firm.I had the pleasure to be assisted personally by Simon and I am very grateful for his knowledge , experience and professionalism .A big and grateful THANK YOU to SD Law and especially to Simon Dippenaar .And for all of you out there in search for an experienced law practitioner that will amaze, do not hesitate , don't look and compare . He is the BEST.Next time you hear 'Simon says" maybe take a break and listen ...You won't regret it .read more
Ryan Swindale
Ryan Swindale
15:45 17 Aug 20
The service I received was phenomenal. Being “stuck” in the USA combined with the effects of Covid -19 made for some... trying and tense times in my life. A family death and a divorce all while what felt like a million miles from home was truly horrible.However Simon and his team put my mind at ease and sorted out a swift, painless divorce for me. They were professional, understanding and brought a calmness to the process.I would not hesitate to recommend their more
Lesca Léa
Lesca Léa
09:40 07 Jun 20
Incredibly compassionate, professional service. I always felt like I was being given transparent guidance and not being... forced into any particular plan of action. Definitely felt supported and in good hands through my legal proceedings. Would highly more
Innocentia Erdogan
Innocentia Erdogan
08:22 18 Mar 20
Mr Simon Dippenaar was a God-send in my very touchy international divorce case! He was thorough and articulate in... gathering information and representing the best interests for me. I found Simon to be experienced, responsive, knowledgeable and honest. I would highly recommend Simon to anyone seeking legal representation that is fair, honest and will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. Should the situation arise, I would not hesitate to seek representation from Simon more
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