We are passionate
We have experience
We offer commitment
We work with integrity

Susanna Marie A. TENNER

B Arts Hons, LLB

Welcome to API Legal.

I am the Principal Solicitor.

I was born in Tonga and raised in Western Sydney.

As a member of a large family and parents who were heavily involved with the local Catholic community and the Tongan Catholic community, I developed a passion for working with people and children, particularly those from ethnic communities or minority groups. In time, I came to believe in law as the tool to empower people who find themselves in difficult and vulnerable situations.

I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours at the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of New South Wales. I then completed my Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law, St Leonards.

Whilst studying, I worked for various government agencies, including the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, Migration Review Tribunal and for the Police Team of the NSW Ombudsman’s Office, before embarking upon a legal career with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). In 2003, I started in the Court of Criminal Appeals Unit of the ODPP as a Legal Clerk, and then as a Prosecutions Solicitor in 2006 when I was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.

As a Solicitor with the ODPP, I gained invaluable experience as an advocate in the District Court analysing and prosecuting serious criminal matters. I have appeared in criminal appeals to the District Court, Sentences in the District Court and I have instructed Crown Prosecutors in many serious criminal trials.

When I left the ODPP, I began a career in criminal defence work with an established law firm in Western Sydney. As a defence lawyer, I was admitted onto the High Court Roll and became re-connected with the community appearing for clients from the pacific and other ethnic communities.

In 2009, I registered as API Legal. Since then I continue to represent people in all areas of criminal and traffic law, and I travel to courts all over NSW. I continue to represent people from various socio-economic backgrounds, on a private contractual agreement or on a grant from Legal Aid.

I welcome the cultural diversity in the young people and adults that I represent, having represented many indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, particularly those from Pacific and Maori communities.

I am a passionate advocate, and can promise commitment and integrity in handling your case.

Susanna Marie A. Tenner
B Arts (Hons) LLB


Our Specialization

We provide legal advice and representation to young people and adults in all criminal and traffic matters.

We offer advice, and or can represent you, in regards to:

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    • Over the phone
    • In conference
    • At the police station
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    • Application for Release
    • Application for Variation of Bail
    • Application for a Bail Review in the Supreme Court
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    • With the Police
    • With the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
    • With any of the Prosecuting Authorities
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    • Defended Hearing
    • Sentence
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    • Section 32 Application
    • Defended Hearings
    • Sentence in the Local Court
    • Application to Annul a Conviction
    • Committal Hearings
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    • Fitness to Plea Hearings
    • Trials
    • Sentence
    • Severity Appeals
    • All Grounds Appeals
    • Appeals against Refusal to Annul a Conviction
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    • Appeals from Local and District Court
    • Trials
    • Sentence
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    • Interlocutory Appeals
    • Appeals against Conviction
    • Appeals against Sentence
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    • Appeals from the lower courts

Assault/Personal Violence Offences

  • Application for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) or an Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO);
  • Contravene ADVO’s/APVO;
  • Stalk and Intimidation;
  • Damage Property;
  • Common Assault;
  • Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (AOABH);
  • Assault or Resist Police;
  • Affray;
  • Riot;
  • Recklessly Cause Grievous Bodily Harm or Wounding;
  • Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm or Wounding with Intent;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Murder;
  • Manslaughter;

Indecent and Sexual Assault

  • Act of Indecency;
  • Aggravated Act of Indecency;
  • Sexual Assault;
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault;
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company;
  • Assault with Intent to have Sexual Intercourse;
  • Voyeurism;
  • Filming a Person Engaged in a Private Act;
  • Incitement to Commit a Sexual Offence;
  • Child Abuse / Pornography;
  • Procuring or Grooming;
  • Sexual Intercourse with a Child;
  • Persistent Sexual Intercourse with a Child;
  • Aggravated Sexual Intercourse with a Child;
  • Child Sexual Servitude and Prostitution;

State and Commonwealth Drug Offences

  • Possess Prohibited Drug;
  • Possession of Equipment for Administration of Prohibited Drug;
  • Sale, Supply and Display of Waterpipes and Ice Pipes;
  • Forging etc Prescriptions;
  • Obtaining etc Prescription by False Representation;
  • Cultivate Cannabis;
  • Manufacture and Production of Prohibited Drug;
  • Supply Prohibited Drugs;
  • Supply Prohibited Drugs on an Ongoing Basis;
  • Traffickable Quantity – Possession taken to be for Supply;
  • Trafficking Controlled Drugs;
  • Commercial Cultivation of Controlled Plants;
  • Selling Controlled Plants;
  • Commercial Manufacture of Controlled Drugs;
  • Import-export offences;
  • Drug Offences involving Children;
  • Combining Quantities of Drugs, Plants or Precursors;

Property Related Offences

  • Goods in Custody (GIC);
  • Larceny/Shoplifting;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Fraud;
  • Take and Drive Without Consent of Owner;
  • Trespass;
  • Break, Enter and Commit Serious Indictable Offence, namely Steal;
  • Enter Dwelling with Intent;
  • Armed Robbery;
  • Robbery in Company;
  • Aggravated Robbery;

Driving and License Offences

  • Licence appeals;
  • Habitual offender declaration appeals;
  • Driving whilst disqualified or suspended or cancelled;
  • Drink Driving;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drug;
  • Drug driving – having illicit drugs in your body fluids;
  • Refusing breath tests or breath analysis;
  • Wilfully alter the concentration of alcohol;
  • Dangerous driving, negligent driving, reckless driving;
  • Dangerous/DUI driving causing death or grievous bodily harm;
  • Heavy vehicle offences;

Commonwealth Offences

  • Social Security fraud;
  • Money Laundering Offences;
  • Customs Offences e.g. Smuggling; Importing and Exporting;

Other offences

  • Firearms offences;
  • Arson;
  • Offensive Language;

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Get in Touch

API Legal

For General Inquiries: Tel. 02 9890 3393

To Make an Appointment: Mob. 0414 155 393

Fax. 02 8088 1138

Email: [email protected]


Postal Address

PO Box 2125
North Parramatta NSW 1750


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