Most Criminal and Motoring cases begin with a police investigation. This may mean you are arrested or invited to attend a voluntary interview. Motoring offences are often dealt with by correspondence. It is vitally important to do and say the right thing. The things you do at this stage will change the dynamic of the case. You must understand the law, how the police investigation will proceed and the likely consequences of each possible action. You should always have a lawyer looking after you at the police station. For example do you answer police questions or not.
All cases, no matter how serious start at the Magistrates Court. The more serious cases are then sent to the Crown Court. The vast majority of cases are retained at the Magistrates Court. We can assist in obtaining papers from the Crown Prosecution Service, providing easy to understand advice. We provide advocacy for 1st Appearances, guilty pleas or trials. Our experience is second to none and our success rate is high. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you can conduct your own case. You will be up against an experienced Solicitor or Barrister and it generally doesn't turn out well for unrepresented defendants.
Has your case been sent to the Crown Court.? Perhaps you elected a trial at the senior Court. If so, it is likely you are facing serious consequences if it goes wrong. If you have a trial here it will be before a Judge and Jury. Jury trials are complex and there are particular skills required to persuade a Jury. There are also rigid time limits for serving and filing documents which, if not met may damage your chances at trial. Please get advice early.
If you lose a trial or are unhappy with a sentence you have received you can appeal to the Crown Court. If you are unhappy about a decision of a Crown Court you can apply for an appeal (there is no automatic right). Appeals from the Magistrates Court are held before a Judge and two Magistrates. There is no jury. There are strict rules regarding the time limits and service of evidence. If you are appealing a Magistrates decision you only have 21 days to lodge a notice of appeal and so you will need some advice quickly.