Criminal law is the most widely known area of legal practice, with work ranging from motoring offences and murder, to white collar crimes like fraud and corruption.
Our team of experienced Criminal Solicitors are able to advise on a wide range of Criminal matters, including motoring offences.
Following charge at the Police Station, or receipt of a Postal Summons, our team are able to advise and represent you in both Magistrates Court and Crown Court matters.
What can our Criminal Team do for you?
At the start of a criminal defence case, we will obtain details of the allegations against you, and take your detailed instructions. That may lead to the need to gather evidence to support your case. This will include interviewing your witnesses. We will also research the statutes, cases, and procedural rules that may be useful when defending your case in court in order to prepare a defence strategy
Building a Defence Strategy
We will advise you in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of your case, whether, or not, there are any defences available to you, and the pros and cons of pleading guilty, or not guilty, base on the particular circumstances of your case.
Prior to Trial
Should you plead not guilty and your matter progress to Trial, we will work with you to prepare your case in line with your defence strategy. They will analyse all the evidence both for and against you before a trial, so that cross examination of the prosecution witnesses can be planned, and a proper running order can be put into place for calling your witnesses.
Should the need arise, they will make applications to either omit evidence detrimental to your case, or to include evidence beneficial to your case
We will also be there to assist you throughout the Trial. If there is any new evidence to be taken into consideration, they will make sure that this is highlighted as quickly as possible
During the Trial
Should your matter progress to Trial the Solicitor representing you, or a Barrister instructed by us to work on your behalf, will argue your case, including cross examining Witnesses, put forward your defence, if you have one, and challenge the Prosecution case against you.
If you Plead Guilty or are convicted after Trial
We will ensure that a fair punishment or sentence is given to you. They will do their best to make sure that a judge and jury, or bench of magistrates, put into perspective the allegation that you have been accused of, and take full account of any remorse, rehabilitation or personal circumstances that are relevant to your sentencing.
We will advise you whether there are any grounds for appealing the outcome of an unsuccessful Trial, or the sentence you receive. If there are grounds we will go through the process with you and, if you wish to appeal, shall begin the appeals process without delay.
We are aware that facing Criminal allegations can be a particularly stressful time. We aim to support you throughout the process to ensure that the stress you feel is limited. We aim to be accessible to our clients and believe that it is important for clients to feel comfortable contacting us to ask for advice no matter how trivial they feel their query may be.