Criminal LawLegal representation at the Police Station is free to any individual who has been arrested or who is to be interviewed by the Police as a volunteer.
Proceedings can be started in two ways - either by charge at the Police Station where you are formally told what the allegation is against you and the date you are due to appear in Court or for less serious offences by Summons which will be delivered to you by hand or by post. The Summons will state the allegation and the date you are due to appear in Court.
If you have been charged with an offence it means the Police believe they have sufficient evidence to gain a conviction against you in Court.
Offences fall into three categories:
- Those that can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Courts - these are minor matters including most motoring offences, being drunk and disorderly and minor breaches of the peace.
- Offences that can be dealt with either in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court - these include the majority of offences such as theft, burglary and minor assaults.
- Cases that can only dealt with in the Crown Court - these includes serious offences such as murder and rape.
To speak to our Criminal Department please contact us on 01229 820297