Lawyer Profile

Tyson Manicolo

Senior Criminal Defence Solicitor

Tyson Manicolo is a senior criminal defence solicitor who heads our criminal law department at our Geelong office. Tyson is available to represent people in all metropolitan and regional courts in Victoria. He appears daily in the Magistrates’, County and Children’s Courts of Victoria in pleas of not guilty and guilty, bail applications, appeals and intervention order matters.

In addition to his court appearance work, Tyson is experienced in writing submissions for people at risk of losing their security or firearms licences.

Tyson was admitted to practice in 2016. Since then, he has practiced predominantly in criminal defence. Prior to joining MMH Lawyers as the head of criminal law, Tyson worked at a large criminal defence firm.

Types of matters Tyson is experienced in

Tyson is experienced in defending people charged by Victorian Police with all offences heard in the Magistrates’ Court and Children’s Court such as:

Tyson is also experienced in representing people charged with all offences heard in the County Court such as:

Examples of having charges withdrawn

Tyson has achieved fantastic outcomes for his clients in the past. For example, he successfully persuaded prosecutors to withdraw all charges against his client who was charged with threatening to kill the alleged victim. He did this by highlighting the discrepancies in the victim’s and witnesses’ statements.

In another case where Tyson’s client was charged with family violence offences, he successfully had the charges withdrawn and his client was released from prison where he was held on remand.  Tyson engaged an interpreter to translate text messages the complainant sent to Tyson’s client in a foreign language admitting to making up the allegations to get him in trouble. Tyson presented these text messages to prosecutors prior to court and they agreed to withdraw the case.

Bail Applications

Tyson has a particular interest in contested bail applications and has written numerous articles on this topic which are published online.

Tyson is familiar with support services such as CISP bail and residential drug rehabilitation clinics and has used these services to secure bail for his clients in the past.

Examples where Tyson has secured bail for his clients

Through careful preparation, Tyson has achieved bail for his clients who have been required to show that compelling or exceptional circumstances exist.

In one case, Tyson secured bail for a client who had committed further offences soon after being previously released on bail. Prior to the bail application, Tyson arranged for his client to attend a drug rehabilitation clinic., gathered support letters and people to attend court to give evidence that they will support his client.


Tyson is experienced in running appeals in the County Court from the Magistrates’ Court. He has successfully represented people appealing their sentence and conviction.

People who appeal their outcome generally feel aggrieved because their previous lawyer did not present all of the mitigating material they should have to the court resulting in a severe penalty. Therefore, Tyson takes the time to communicate with his clients and their families to understand why they feel that their outcome was excessive and gathers as much mitigating material as possible so that he can try to achieve a more favourable outcome at the appeal.

Personal Safety Intervention Order and Family Violence Intervention Order Matters

Family Violence Intervention Order and Personal Safety Intervention Order matters (‘IVO matters’) can have devastating consequences on people if not handled correctly. They can impact people’s ability to communicate with loved ones and hold firearm licences.

Tyson has represented many respondents to IVO applications. He has devised strategies that have resulted in favourable outcomes for his clients. For example, Tyson appeared for a man who opposed his ex-partner making an application for an IVO against him stopping him from seeing or speaking with their son. Tyson prepared for the hearing by gathering evidence, speaking with witnesses and preparing affidavits. During the hearing, Tyson carefully cross-examined the applicant and presented his client’s evidence. The Magistrate ultimately found in favour of Tyson’s client and struck out the application.

In another example, Tyson represented the respondent in an IVO application made by his next-door neighbour. The parties had a tense relationship for several years with multiple applications for IVOs being made. Tyson thoroughly prepared his client’s case gathering evidence to support his claims against his neighbour. The Magistrate granted Tyson’s client’s application for an IVO and struck out the next-door neighbour’s application for an IVO.

Firearm and Security Licence Submissions

Tyson has developed a niche practice in writing submissions to statutory authorities on behalf of people at risk of losing their licence because of pending criminal matters.

Tyson has written numerous successful submissions to the relevant statutory bodies convincing them not to interfere with his client’s licence.

Tyson understands that it is important to his clients’ livelihood that they continue to be licenced so that they can continue to work in their chosen profession.

Communication is important

Tyson understands that being accused of wrong-doing by the Police is daunting. He also realizes that the court process is overwhelming regardless of the type of matter. This is why he ensures that he takes time to provide his clients with clear advice and maintains regular contact with them so they know what to expect at court.

Tyson works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients by meticulously preparing his matters before attending court. Tyson develops clear strategies for his clients soon after being engaged.

Tyson thoroughly enjoys criminal law. He writes weekly on developments in criminal law and summarises key court decisions for his peers to read on his LinkedIn profile – Tyson Manicolo | LinkedIn

Tyson graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Legal Studies. Tyson also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law.