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Criminal Law and Traffic Offences

If faced with criminal charges, we have experienced and highly successful criminal lawyers at Saunders & Co to help you navigate or defend the charges.

Our criminal lawyers deal with all stages of the criminal process including entering pleas, conducting trials, and sentencing matters. We also regularly make related applications including limited licenses (work licence), applications for discharge without conviction, applications for name suppression, and applications for bail.

Please note that we are not a registered legal aid provider.

External links to further information

New Zealand Law Society publications:

Our criminal lawyers regularly advise on criminal charges relating to:

  • Traffic and driving offences
  • Drug offences
  • Assaults
  • Theft and fraud
  • Sexual offences

Examples of our recent work

  • Obtaining a discharge without conviction for a client charged with driving with excess breath alcohol.
  • Entering pleas in mitigation on sentencing for various criminal charges.

Get further advice from

Andrew Riches


Direct dial: +64-3-963 1457
Mobile: 021 982 115
Assistant: Donna Lake
Office: CBD

Andrew is a litigation specialist who joined Saunders & Co in early 2008 and became a partner in 2015.

He undertakes a wide variety of civil work in the District and High Court jurisdictions, and is also well versed in employment and criminal law. He has appeared as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal on civil and criminal appeals and appears regularly in the District and High Courts on these matters. He has acted for Financial Service Providers in the High Court on appeals against decisions of the Financial Markets Authority as well as successfully advancing negligence claims and claims against insurers.

Andrew is known for dealing with disputes in an upfront, open manner and not sugar-coating his approach. Depending on circumstances, he will either negotiate a practical solution for the client, or refer their problem to be resolved in court.

Andrew enjoys all aspects of this process, from researching and developing an argument around a case, to court work, which gets him out of the office and challenges him to think on his feet. Clients appreciate the guidance and reassurance provided by Andrew during what can be a complex and challenging process, when emotions sometimes run high. He is not afraid to tackle heated disputes should they arise.

Andrew is a Member of the Law Council of the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Law society and Trustee of the St Albans Shirley Club.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors, researching his family history and running, completing his first half marathon in 2016. However most of Andrew’s time outside the office is focused on his wife and young daughter.

Andrew specialises in the following areas:

What Andrew’s clients say

“I shall feel honoured if you would consider my remarks regarding Andrew Riches, worthy for something. No doubt, Andrew Riches is a brilliant asset for Saunders & Co. I have lived in the USA and Canada for more that 20 years and have had an opportunity to meet lawyers in Christchurch and abroad but this young man looked to me way ahead of his age, and he is outstanding when comparing him with other lawyers in this small city. His approach and intelligence, his demeanour at this age, is bewildering. I am a very international person so please do not take my remarks for granted, you will see it to be true, he will be a big name soon in this city. I wish him a good future.”
Muhammad Ashraf Christchurch

Anna Kissick


Direct dial: +64-3-963 1461
Mobile: 027 464 3315
Assistant: Donna Lake
Office: CBD

Anna is currently on maternity leave.

Anna joined Saunders & Co in 2016 and was made an Associate in 2018. She specialises in matters relating to family law and relationship property, including litigation. She also handles criminal matters, such as traffic offences and limited licences.

Family law and relationship property cases often present challenging and emotional situations. Anna takes a compassionate approach, while being firmly focused on delivering a practical, workable resolution. This process may include giving robust advice and describing the process step-by-step to her clients.

Anna’s varied role encompasses contracting out agreements, relationship property agreements and any litigation involved with these matters outside the Family Court. She also works on care of children and domestic violence cases which usually involves defending or applying for protection orders inside the Family Court.

Adoptions are another area of her expertise.

As a people person, Anna enjoys face-to-face contact with her clients, and gets a lot of satisfaction from guiding them through a testing situation towards a resolution.

She also enjoys the litigation aspect of her work and how it challenges her to think on her feet.

Out of the office, Anna enjoys following sport, particularly NBA basketball. She is also an avid reader and enjoys socialising.

Anna specialises in the following areas

Cherry Mo


Direct dial: +64 3 265 0312
Mobile: 022 589 7224
Office: CBD

Cherry joined the litigation team at Saunders & Co in 2017 shortly after completing a degree in Master of Laws (with honours). Cherry now assists the team at Saunders with an array of litigation issues including matters relating to criminal law, family law, relationship property and employment law.

She endeavours to preserve the human aspect in all litigation matters by listening and maintaining meaningful interactions with her clients to get to the root of any problem. Cherry then takes a pragmatic approach in finding practical solutions to difficult problems. The skills developed during her Masters degree have ensured Cherry is accomplished in researching and analysing lengthy and complex law, efficiently and productively.

Cherry has been in New Zealand since her early years at kindergarten. She is able to converse in Mandarin and Cantonese and her cultural background means she can easily understand and adapt to different commercial situations or different ways of conducting business.

Cherry is an active member of the New Zealand Chinese Association and enjoys organising social and professional networking events for the Canterbury Chinese Young Professionals group. She is also an avid volunteer at the Community Law Centre.

In her spare time, Cherry likes tramping/hiking, playing tennis and spending time with her family. It is Cherry’s goal to travel overseas every year or two. So far, she has visited France, Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg, England, China, Indonesia and Japan.

Cherry specialises in the following areas of law:

Violeta Tuyay


Direct Dial: +64 3 265 0318
Mobile: 021 178 4693
Office: CBD

Violeta joined the Litigation team at Saunders & Co in October 2018 after working in the litigation team at Inland Revenue. Prior to Inland Revenue, Violeta held positions with the Crown Law Office and the Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong Government.

Violeta enjoys all aspects of litigation, having appeared in District and High Courts around New Zealand as well as the Court of Appeal. She has prior experience in commercial, tax, public and intellectual property law. Violeta works closely with Partner, Andrew Riches and Senior Associate, Tania Hutchinson in a wide range of matters, from Construction and Insurance Law, to Criminal and Employment Law.

Providing excellent results in an effective and efficient manner is very important to Violeta. She takes careful consideration to explain legal intricacies and processes to her clients to ensure confidence going forward with their matters.

Outside of the office, Violeta enjoys the odd tennis match or round of golf. Violeta is also an avid traveller, having traversed Europe, the United States, Asia, the Middle East and New Zealand. She also enjoys painting, theatre, and visiting art galleries all over the world.

Violeta specialises in the following areas of law:


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