We recognise that facing a criminal allegation is one of the most stressful experiences which a person can face. Investigations and prosecutions will take a significant period of time to reach a conclusion. The potential impact of being convicted can be terrifying, both in terms of sentence and the effect upon reputation and employment.
We provide a service which is akin to choosing private health care when you are in need of medical assistance. You will have the reassurance of dealing with the same solicitor throughout your case: a trusted advisor available to speak and meet with at a time and place to suit you.
How we can help
We provide specialist advice and representation if you are facing investigation and interview by the police.
Facing a criminal allegation and an interview under caution is an extremely stressful experience. We will be alongside you throughout. We will advise you whether it is in your best interests to answer questions, provide a written statement or exercise your right to silence.
In some instances there will be an opportunity for us to make submissions to the police that a case shouldn’t proceed to court. Providing the police with an early indication of how the defence sees the case and identify shortcomings in the prosecution’s evidence can sometimes prevent an investigation from progressing to court.
We will consider the prosecution evidence, meet with you to take your instructions and provide you with clear advice upon plea and prospects.
If you have to plead guilty, we will carefully prepare your case in order to present your mitigation to the court at the very first hearing date and to seek to minimise the sentence.
If it’s a not guilty plea, there will be thorough preparation of your case for trial, whether it’s at the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. This will include taking you through all aspects of the prosecution evidence, engaging with independent experts and conducting site visits where appropriate and taking statements from potential defence witnesses.
We have a long-standing close relationship with one of the top sets of criminal defence barristers. If your trial is in the Crown Court you will have the considerable reassurance of knowing that a trusted and experienced barrister will be acting on your behalf throughout the trial; someone with whom you will have met on a number of occasions during the course of preparing your case.
You will be given the choice of instructing a barrister if your trial is in the Magistrates’ Court.
Offences which we deal with
We provide advice and representation to clients facing any criminal allegation.
These are some of the most common offences which we have dealt with:
- Assaults (common assault, ABH, GBH)
- Benefit fraud
- Criminal damage
- Drugs offences (cultivation, importation, possession, supply)
- Firearms offences
- Harassment and stalking
- Malicious communications
- Perverting the course of justice
- Proceeds of crime / Money laundering
- Public order offences (affray, disorderly conduct, threatening behaviour)
- Road traffic and transport offences - see our dedicated page here
- Sexual offences
For further information of how the Leathes Prior Criminal Defence Team can help you, please contact Howard Catherall via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 281172.