Sylvie is one of our Legal Practice Directors and has been part of the GTC Legal Group since 2015. She has practiced exclusively in criminal law where she prides herself in delivering professional and honest appraisals of client cases and achieving just outcomes. Sylvie has a tireless commitment to working with staff to achieve great results across the GTC Legal Group.
Since her appointment as a Legal Practice Director, Sylvie has turned her attention towards our team of solicitors, helping them to provide exceptional services to clients. It is her goal to ensure clients receive a reliable and timely service. Her role is predominately to oversee the operational management of Armstrong Legal and to work with our National Practice Directors to provide training, support and guidance.
Sylvie is people focussed, liaising with staff to ensure that the firm provides tailored support for all clients. Sylvie speaks Greek fluently and has an appreciation for the broad diversity of Australian cultures and is passionate about helping people understand and enforce their legal rights. Her dedication to the community is demonstrated through her several years of after-hours voluntary work within Intellectual Disability Rights, providing after-hours telephone advice to individuals in custody. Sylvie was a finalist in the 13th Victorian Legal awards in the category of Mentor of the Year.
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.
Accreditations & Memberships
- Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
Success Stories and Publications
Our solicitor Sylvie Maranis represented a 44-year-old man at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court in relation to three assault charges.
The charges resulting from an altercation between our client and his wife. The client was charged with three counts of unlawful assault, a charge which carries a maximum penalty of a fine of 15 penalty units or three months imprisonment.
Ms Maranis' representation resulted in the prosecution dropping two of the three charges. Our client entered a plea of guilty for the remaining charge and the court ordered that he be placed on a good behaviour bond for a period of 12 months. The court ordered that no conviction be recorded.
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 engaged in negotiations with the prosecution prior to court, convincing them to proceed on only one of the three initial charges.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Sylvie Maranis who is able to apply her extensive experience to exposing any weakness in the prosecution’s case and negotiate a just outcome.
Our solicitor Sylvie Maranis represented a 46-year-old man at the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court in relation to two drink driving charges.
Our client had consumed two bottles of wine and proceeded to go for a drive. It was not until he mounted the curb in a car park that a shop owner approached him and seized his keys, calling the police. When he was breath-tested back at the police station, he blew 0.232 – almost 5 times the legal limit. Our client’s license was suspended and he was charged with two offences.
The maximum penalties for these offences ranged from 20 penalty units to 25 penalty units or three months imprisonment.
The representation provided by Sylvie Maranis resulted in the police withdrawing one of the charges. Ms Maranis emphasised that our client had begun seeking counselling and was deeply remorseful for his actions and provided character references. A plea of guilty was entered to the remaining charge and the Magistrate made orders without conviction that our client’s license be disqualified for a period of two years and a fine of $500 be paid.
This case illustrates the importance of quality representation and the value of a solicitor like Sylvie Maranis who will provide sound advice and negotiate with police to ensure a just outcome.
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.
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.
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.