You might already have been arrested or invited for a "voluntary interview" and have been released under investigation. If you feel like you are in Limbo, you're right.
However, this is the time to start to prepare your defence. You might have months to wait before you hear whether you are being charged or not and time spent in preparation is seldom wasted.
We can give you direction and strategy in this crucial period. Your witnesses need to be interviewed and the police might not prioritise witnesses they do not view as important to their investigation. You need to gather your evidence and secure exhibits before they are lost. We can help.
Get advice and assistance as soon as possible. We can obtain disclosure from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) within days or even a few hours of your first contact. We can then advise you of the evidence and the law and what it all means for you.
You will be expected to enter your plea at the first court appearance and might be sentenced the same day if you plead guilty. The "Duty Solictor" might be able to see you, but you will have to wait until all the other duty solicitor clients have also been seen.
Get your legal advice before you attend Court. Peace of mind comes from being prepared. Let us help you.
Have you or a loved one been convicted and you want to find out about an Appeal?
We can look at your case with a fresh perspective. There is little point in approaching an appeal with the same tactics from the first trial and merely hoping that you get a different result. We can provide a 360 degree review of the evidence and the first trial in order to find the grounds of appeal that have the best chance of success.
Appeals from the Magistrates' Court are heard in the Crown Court are a re-hearing of the evidence so you can take a completely different strategy than in the first trial. You can call new witnesses or produce new exhibits.
Appeals from the Crown Court can only be successful in certain circumstances for example where the Judge misdirected the jury on a point of law or where there is new evidence that was not available at the Crown Court trial.
We are unlikely to be able to provide this service on legal aid, but call us for a free initial discussion of your options..
Legal Aid is available subject to financial and "interests of justice" assessments. We can assist in your application for legal aid, but Legal aid is not available for all criminal cases so call first to discuss your situation.
We keep our private funding policy under constant review. Every case is different and so we cannot provide an estimate of our fees until we understand your case fully.
As an example of our basic fee structure, we charge £299 for a guilty plea and mitigation for a speeding case at the Magistrates' Court. This does not include "special reasons" and "exceptional hardship" arguments to avoid disqualification for which we charge £599. If you get a better quote elsewhere, please let us know as we pride ourselves in remaining competitive on pricing.
Until we are in a position to give you a quote for a fixed fee for your case we will not charge you a penny. So you will get a free initial appraisal of your case before we even start to charge. If you don't like the quote, you do not have to instruct us.