At Knightsbridge Solicitors, we work on making your life simple, cost-effective and easy. We provide a dedicated, compassionate and expert service. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to support you through every process within our Criminal Defence procedure.
How do I choose an excellent Criminal Defence Lawyer?
Knowing who to trust when you’re facing a criminal defence case can be tough. You need to look for experience and expertise. At Knightsbridge we have a team of expert and dedicated criminal defence lawyers, experienced across a range of cases from fraud defence, to robbery, to murder, as well as motoring and even terrorism. Knowing you have an expert in your corner will give you peace of mind.
Can I change solicitors during my case?
Importantly, you do not have to stick with the duty solicitor you were assigned at the police station. You have the right to choose the best criminal defence solicitor for you, and if you want to change during the process of your case then you can. However, do note that continuity can be key to fully understanding your case in the time frame dictated by the courts. Therefore, if for any reason you wish to change from your existing Knightsbridge solicitor please get in touch and we will endeavour to keep you within our team of experts who will be familiar with your case.
Am I entitled to Legal Aid for my Criminal Defence case?
Access to Legal Aid is no longer as universal and as accessible as it once was. There are some cases where Legal Aid may apply. To see if you will be entitled to Legal Aid call us today on 0115 824 1700 and one of our team will be happy to advise you.
How much will my Criminal Defence cost me?
We understand that it is important to have a clear understanding of the likely costs you will incur. Your criminal defence cost will depend on a multitude of factors, such as the complexity and nature of the case, including whether it goes to court, meaning that there is no ‘set’ cost. To find out more about how much your particular case will cost by calling us today on 0115 824 170, we’ll be happy to help.
How do you decide which solicitor takes on my Criminal Defence case?
We are fortunate to have a team of legal experts with a range of experience across different criminal defence disciplines. As such, we help to match you with the criminal defence solicitor most suited to your individual case whether that is fraud defence, motoring defence, terrorism defence, or another criminal defence.
What types of criminal cases are you experienced in?
We have a strong and experienced team with a range of skills and expertise from across all types of criminal defence. We are able to provide criminal defence lawyers for: fraud defence; motoring defence; terrorism defence; money laundering; benefits, DWP and HMRC prosecutions; murder and manslaughter; robbery; petty crime, rape and sexual offences; drug prosecutions; firearms offences; and all other manner of criminal defence law.
Can you represent me at the police station?
Yes. We are available from the minute you need Criminal Defence solicitors. Therefore you can seek our help from the police station by calling our dedicated Police Station Advice Line on 07900 55 77 00 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is an interview under caution? Do I have to attend?
Please see our dedicated blog post, here (link: previous blog post). Please get in touch at your earliest convenience on 0115 824 1700 so that we can help you make the right decisions as to how to proceed.
Where do you work?
We operate throughout England and Wales and attend court in all regions.
I’m anxious that I’m in trouble with the police, what should I do?
We understand that this can be an extremely daunting and worrying time, especially if you haven’t experienced contact with the police before. The process and jargon can seem bewildering and you can be concerned that you are doing the right thing for the long-term outcome of your case. If you are currently in police custody you are entitled to call for legal help. You can call us on 07900 55 77 00 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you aren’t currently in a police station then please call our central line on 0115 824 1700 where we will be able to give you the time to talk you through the process and help to allay your fears.
If I’ve been charged with a serious offence will you or I choose my barrister?
We work in close partnership with a wide range of barristers, all themselves highly skilled and experienced across a range of criminal law. If you require a barrister then we will work with you to identify the most suitable options for you.
How do I contact my criminal defence solicitor?
Once you’ve been assigned an appropriately experienced criminal defence solicitor from our team you will be given the relevant contact details so that you can contact them directly. Where possible, we aim to deal with queries within working hours. However, we recognise that criminal defence is not a 9-5 job and as such when you need us we will always endeavour to be available to discuss your case.
It’s not me who’s in trouble with the police, it’s my relative or friend, can you still help me?
We can certainly listen to your situation and where appropriate we can take third-party instructions. We will ultimately require the permission of the accused, but you can choose to pay for their fees through an arrangement directly with us.
English is not my first language – can you help?
Yes, as well as being specialising in criminal defence we also specialise in immigration cases. Therefore we have a team of legal experts who are multilingual. We will always endeavour to help overcome language barriers.
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