Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Call, Whatsapp or email us anytime. Below are some common queries which may help in the meantime.

What type of service do you provide?

We are a firm that specialises in criminal and motoring law. We can assist in any criminal investigation, including interviews under caution, Magistrates’ Court cases, Crown Court cases, appeals, Proceeds of Crime Act cases, regulatory/disciplinary proceedings and more. Whether your case is straightforward or complex, whether the offence is minor or serious, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of criminal and motoring law. Some more information is available in the WHAT WE DO menu above but feel free to contact us anytime to discuss your circumstances.

Why should I choose you?

Quite simply, because we excel at what we do and we care about our clients. All of our solicitors have dedicated themselves to the study and practice of criminal law so that we can stay at the top of our game.

What is the difference between the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court?

When someone is charged with a criminal offence, their case is first “heard” at the Magistrates’ Court regardless of the type of offence. At the first hearing, it will be determined whether the charges are suitable to be dealt with in the lower court, or whether they are so serious that they have to be dealt with at the Crown Court. Some offences can only be dealt with at the Magistrates’ Court and some can only be dealt with at the Crown Court. However, there are numerous “either way” offences which can be dealt with at either court, depending on the facts of the case. Find out more on our Magistrates’ Court Cases page and our Crown Court Cases page.

Do you take Legal Aid?

We are an authorised provider of Legal Aid and we can complete an application for Legal Aid on your behalf if your case meets certain criteria. The criteria varies depending on the court in which your case will be heard. In essence, cases that are heard in the Magistrates’ Court are means-tested and also have to meet the “interests of justice” threshold. Cases that are sent to the Crown Court for a plea hearing are also means-tested but the threshold is higher and will be available to the majority of people. Some people have to pay income or capital contributions at the Crown Court if they are convicted. Find out more about Legal Aid here

What if I’m not eligible for Legal Aid?

If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we can provide our services on a private, fee-paying basis. We provide fixed fees for summary motoring matters but generally fees are worked out on a case-by-case basis. We provide transparent fee estimates in advance of any work undertaken. Please contact us for an initial consultation where we offer an appointment for £200+VAT.

Do I still have to pay even if I’m found not guilty?

If you are a private-paying client and you are acquitted of some or all of the charges against you, some of the costs of your defence may be recoverable. If you have paid Legal Aid contributions in the Crown Court and you are acquitted of all charges, you will have the entirety of your contributions returned to you with a small amount of interest. If you have paid Legal Aid contributions in the Crown Court and are acquitted of some of the charges, you may get a partial refund.

Should I always have a solicitor at a Police interview?

YES. Everyone has the right to free and independent legal advice when they attend an interview under caution. It is in your best interests to exercise that right and benefit from an experienced legal representative navigating the interview process with you. For more information, see our Police Station Representation page