How we can help you
If you have been charged with an offence and now have to appear in court you should contact us as soon as possible for our advice on what the likely next steps are and your options.
Legal Aid is available for many people but it depends upon a few factors such as the offence you are being charged with, your income and your current circumstances. We should be able to advice you if you are likely to be granted legal aid and if not give a quote for proceedings privately.
The Magistrates court is where less serious criminal cases are sent to be decided by Magistrates. Some offenses can either be tried in the Magistrates or Crown Court in which cases the Magistrates will decide if the case is serious enough to be sent to the Crown Court or remain with them.
Even if you are charged with a serious offence you will usually appear before the magistrates for bail hearing, which they will either grant, usually with conditions, or not in which case you will be held in prison until your hearing.
For more information about the magistrates court, you can consult the government’s website.
Crown Court is where more serious criminal matters are sent and they are dealt with by a Judge. If the matter goes to trial it would be before a Jury. Only barristers or solicitors with higher rights are able to appear in Crown Court to represent you. We prepare the case and find a suitable barrister for you if your case is before the Crown Court, we also work with you and the barrister on your defence.
If you plead not guilty in the Crown Court and therefore your case goes to trial a Jury will be the ones to decide if you are guilty or not of the charges and, if found guilty, the Judge will be the one to decide the sentence.
For more information about the crown court, you can consult the government’s website.