Being arrested by the police and appearing before the courts can be a very daunting and frightening experience – and it can happen to any of us. The criminal justice system is there to ensure that society is protected, but it is also important that those who are brought before the law are treated fairly and justly.
If you are (or are about to be) under investigation for an offence, it is important that you get the right advice at the earliest opportunity. It is also vital that evidence is preserved as soon as possible and the right information given to the authorities. With the correct approach, many cases can be resolved before court proceedings are commenced. Our legal representatives are very experienced in all aspects of criminal defence work, will put your case in the most professional way and will advise you on the best possible outcome.
We will advise you on the sentences that the court could impose if you are found guilty. These can range from a conditional discharge to a sentence of imprisonment, depending on the type and seriousness of the offence.
There are also orders that the court can impose which restrict the freedom of the individual, without convicting them of a criminal offence. These can include anti social behaviour orders, confiscation proceedings, money laundering, restraining orders and drug intervention order ‘dip’ tests. We can advise and provide representation in relation to any of these orders.
If you are charged with a more serious offence – for example, serious fraud, murder, wounding – your case will almost certainly be dealt with in the Crown Court. You will appear before a Judge and, if your case goes to trial, a jury. If necessary, we will instruct a barrister, including senior counsel (or QC), to assist on your case.
We recognise that this can be a very daunting experience and that you will need ongoing support and guidance. We will explain the process to you fully and will ensure that you can contact us throughout the case for advice and assistance.