Services

If you are faced with an investigation charged or arrested, with a Road Traffic or Criminal Offence we can help you from the beginning to the end of the process.

If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offence we can help you from the beginning to the end of the process.

 

Police Station

This is where it usually starts. An allegation has been made against you and you are taken into Police custody whilst the Police investigate the offence and interview you. You may not have been arrested but asked to attend the Police Station for a voluntary interview.

On arrival at the Police Station you will be asked if you want a solicitor notified of your arrest who can assist with the procedure and advise you in interview. We are available 24/7, 365 days of the year and we will ensure that one of our solicitors or consultants attends the Police Station with you. If, we are unable to attend personally, we can arrange for another fully qualified solicitor or Police Station Representative to attend.

This service is free of charge.

You may not have been arrested yourself, you could have a friend or family member who has been taken into custody. If you call us we can make contact with the Police on your behalf to ensure that the detained person is aware of their rights.
Increasingly the Police are making arrangement to speak to suspects by appointment. This means that they make arrangement with you to surrender to the Police Station for a voluntary interview under caution. When the arrangements are made you can ask the officer to contact us to attend the voluntary interview with you. This means that you will not be kept waiting on arrival if you then decide you do want a solicitor. Alternatively, you can contact us direct. Either way, we can arrange to attend at no cost to you.

 

Other agencies may also want to speak to you under caution in relation to criminal offences. For example the DWP interview where they suspect there has been an unlawful claim for benefits. Whilst these are “under caution” they do not qualify automatically under the Legal Aid scheme for free advice. If you are facing an interview with the DWP or other organisation please call us. If you are on benefits you may qualify for free legal advice, in other circumstances we can provide you with a competitive quote to attend with you.. You may not have been arrested but asked to attend the Police Station for a voluntary interview.

 

Magistrates Court

 

All Criminal and Road Traffic cases start in the Magistrates Court.

More serious offences will be sent to the Crown Court but the vast majority of offences in England and Wales are dealt with by the Magistrates.

If you have been charged with an offence or summonsed to attend Court please call us. We will be able to advise you how best to deal with your case and will, where necessary, attend Court with you.

Legal Aid may be available to cover the costs of representation in the Magistrates Court. We will be able to advise you on this. but please see the section headed “Funding”.

If legal aid is not available we will quote a fixed fee for dealing with the first hearing, our quotes are based on the complexity of the matter and the location of the Court and we believe that they are competitive.

Crown Court

The most serious offences are sent to the Crown Court for trial or sentence. All of our solicitors have Higher Rights and are able to represent you at the Crown Court. We will make sure that you are represented by eh advocate who is the most suitable for your case. If we are unable to cover the matter in house we will instruct independent Counsel (a barrister) to represent you.

Legal Aid is available to cover the cost of representation in the Crown Court . If you choose not to apply for legal aid we will provide you with a full quote for our fees.

Road Traffic

In today’s world it can be extremely difficult to manage without a driving licence. For many of us a full, clean licence is an essential condition of our employment. For others the responsibility of juggling domestic commitments would be near impossible without a car. We understand how important it is to our clients to ensure that they keep their driving licence.

If you have been summonsed to Court for a driving offence which will attract points or a disqualification we can help.

Legal Aid can be available for some offences, see the section on Funding, but if not we will be able to give you a competitive quote for our costs.

Youth Court

If you are under 18 and have been charged with an offence you will appear before the Youth Court.

We have extensive experience of dealing with young people who are appearing before the Court.

Funding to represent young people under 18 charged with criminal offences is rarely an issue and we would expect to cover our costs under a legal aid order.

If you, a member of your family or friend is due to appear before the Youth Court please call us. We can arrange an appointment or meet you at Court.