Sylvie Maranis, Legal Practice Director

Sylvie Maranis, Solicitor, Go To Court Lawyers
Sylvie holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Behavioural Science) from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. She was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in May 2011 and holds a certificate to practice law in Victoria.

Sylvie has been working in the legal industry since 2008 and has a passion for criminal law. She is a keen advocate who strives to achieve the best results possible for her clients. Sylvie is an exceptional professional and provides honest appraisals of client cases and outcomes. For several years Sylvie has also been volunteering in her spare time at the Intellectual Disabilities Rights Service, providing after-hours telephone advice to individuals in custody.

Sylvie speaks Greek fluently and is constantly engaging with the Victorian Greek community the social and professional levels. She has an appreciation for the broad diversity of Australian ethnicity and is passionate about helping people understand and enforce their legal rights.

She began her career at Go To Court Lawyers as a Solicitor and has demonstrated her tireless commitment to achieving great results for her clients ever since. As State Manager, Sylvie works tirelessly to ensure all Go To Court Lawyers’ clients receive the very best legal advice.

Accreditations & Memberships

  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria

Success Stories and Publications

No Conviction for Drug Possession

Our solicitor Sylvie Maranis represented a 23-year-old male at the Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court in relation to four charges that arose from the possession of drugs.

The case involved a police operation to arrest multiple suspects for drug possession and trafficking. Our client was caught with two other male suspects who were exchanging large sums of money for a large quantity of pills. Police seized correspondence between our client and another suspect and on that basis issued a charge and summons.

The maximum penalty for these offences ranged from five to fifteen years' imprisonment, with associated fines up to 400 penalty units.

Our representation resulted in the Court finding our client guilty of one charge with no conviction recorded. This result was achieved by extensive preparation by Sylvie Maranis. The evidence she presented included psychiatric reports, character references, and very persuasive statements from our client’s employer in Perth.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Sylvie Maranis who will present the best possible representation in difficult areas of criminal law where a custodial sentence is a real possibility.

Withdrawal of Two Charges of Sexual Assault

Our solicitor Sylvie Maranis represented a 22-year-old man at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Courtin relation to two charges of sexual assault.

The case involved two alleged incidents of sexual assault that were claimed to have occurred during a house party initiated by our client and attended by the complainant. After several hours of alcohol and drug consumption our client and the complainant began kissing. At a later date, the complainant made a police report that she had been sexually assaulted.

The maximum penalty for these offences are up to a maximum 10 years imprisonment on each charge.

Ms Maranis' representation resulted in the Prosecution dropping both charges. This was in response to a letter presented to Prosecution indicating her belief that there was insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction, and the reason for that belief.

This result was achieved by the effective communication between Ms Maranis and the Prosecution which ultimately convinced them that the evidence was both insufficient and unreliable. Sylvie’s preparation and knowledge of evidence law was sufficient to convince the Prosecution not to pursue our client.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Sylvie Maranis, whose experience in criminal matters and her ability to negotiate effectively with Prosecution exposed the weaknesses in the Prosecution case and allowed our client to return his life to normal.

Charges Withdrawn For Serious Traffic Offences

Our solicitor Sylvie Maranis represented a 26-year-old man at the Hamilton Magistrates’ Court in relation to four charges arising out of a car accident.

Our client crashed his car into a tree while in the company of others. Our client then fled the scene and failed to notify the Police of the crash. Our client presented himself to the emergency room of a hospital with an injured foot and hospital staff called police. A blood sample from our client indicated a blood alcohol content above the 0.05 threshold. Police subsequently interviewed him and he was then charged with multiple offences.

The maximum penalties for these offences ranged from 20 penalty units or 4 months imprisonment to 60 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

The representation provided by Sylvie Maranis resulted in the Police withdrawing three charges after the summary case conference. After a plea of Guilty was entered to the remaining charge the Magistrate made orders with conviction that our client’s licence be disqualified for a period of 2 years, a fine of $450 to be paid, and a further $119.90 to be paid as an offender levy.

This result was achieved as a result of Ms Maranis' successful negotiation with Police Prosecutors combined with the submissions and character references that were put before the Court. Sylvie emphasised that our client lives in the country where no public transport is available and greater distances must be travelled, and that our client had taken the role of a father figure to his partner's children.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Sylvie Maranis who will provide sound advice and will make strong representations when negotiating with police to ensure a just outcome.

No Conviction Recorded and Good Behaviour Bond for Theft

Our solicitor Sylvie Maranis represented a 61-year-old woman at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court in relation to two charges of theft.

The case involved the theft of approximately $600 from a major department store, and approximately $90 from a smaller clothing boutique. Our client was seen stealing several expensive items and was subsequently approached by a Loss Prevention Officer who called the police.

The maximum penalty for these offences are up to 10 years imprisonment per charge. Ms Maranis' representation resulted in the Court ordering that our client be placed under a good behaviour bond for a period of 12 months and also requiring her client to continue treatment for as long as her medical advisor recommends it. The Court also ordered that no conviction be recorded.

This result was achieved after extensive preparation by her lawyer Sylvie Maranis. This involved obtaining and presenting to the Court several character references, psychologist's reports, and doctor’s reports. Sylvie heavily emphasised that this was uncharacteristic behaviour for her client who had no prior convictions for similar behaviour. Sylvie also told the Court that her client was suffering from several mental issues that heavily influenced her behaviour on that day.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Sylvie Maranis who will always treat her client’s with empathy and kindness. Sylvie went out of her way to ensure that all material that could positively influence her client’s case was made available to the Court and, as a result, achieved an excellent outcome for these serious offences.

Multiple Affray and Assault Charges Downgraded or Withdrawn

Our solicitor Sylvie Maranis represented a 26-year-old man at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court in relation to nine charges arising out of an altercation at a McDonalds restaurant.

The case involved a serious altercation between two parties after a late night of drinking. Our client and several others attacked and assaulted two men and continued to assault them until Police were called. The other party suffered serious injuries and several witnesses were affected by the result of a six-person affray. Our client was charged with multiple offences which carried penalties between one and ten years' imprisonment, in addition to large fines.

Ms Maranis' representation resulted in the Prosecution dropping seven charges. Our client entered a plea of guilty for the remaining charges and the Court imposed a $2000 fine without conviction on a 3 month stay.

That result was achieved only after extensive preparation by Sylvie Maranis and the tendering of well-received character references from our client’s construction company and his local football club, in which he was an active member. Sylvie also engaged in a Summary Case Conference to convince the Prosecution to proceed on only two of the nine initial charges.

This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Sylvie Maranis who provides quality advice and acts as an effective communicator when negotiating with the Prosecution.


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