We have a team of qualified police station representatives who are all trained by the practice to exacting standards.
When under arrest, you are entitled to legal advice. The common held view of ‘I did not do it so I do not need a solicitor’ is incorrect. A police interview is for the purpose of gathering evidence. It is essential that you understand your rights and ensure that the police are compliant with the rules and regulations. In addition, it is often thought ‘if I have a solicitor they will think I am guilty’. Again this is not case, charges are brought against a person only if there is evidence to do so, not whether or not a person had legal representation at the police station. Members of our team are available 24/7, detention will not be prolonged. A legal representative may in fact speed up the process.
Cases can be won or lost in the initial stages and an unguarded comment in the police station can return to haunt you at your trial months later. Every member of our team has considerable experience in police procedures and interrogation techniques. There is no such thing as an “informal chat” at the police station on the street or even at your home. Even to accept a caution can have far reaching consequences in terms of employment and foreign travel.
Remember all advice and assistance at the police station, whether you are attending voluntarily or have been arrested is FREE of charge irrespective of your income.
Anyone under 18 charged with a criminal offence appears before the Youth Court unless jointly charged with an adult. Special rules and procedures apply and have been developed over the years to govern such courts.
We have a wealth of experience in conducted youth court cases, from the first offences to the most serious matters - from shoplifting to murder.
We understand that any court case can be daunting, even for an adult - more so if it is a child going to court or you are the parent of that child. As such we take the time and every precaution to ensure that a young person understands what will take place and the advice we have given. Ask any question you want and we promise to answer, ask us to repeat our advice and we will, ask us to listen and we do. This is the only way for you to make an informed decision and for us to provide the best representation in court. Throughout a case we work with you as a team and will each have a role to play. A number of our solicitors have specialised in Youth Court representation and have developed expert skills in this area.
Remember this. Legal advice - at the police station or at court - is vital. Any conviction in court or a police reprimand will lead to a criminal record that stays with you in some circumstances throughout your whole life. This can have far reaching consequences for education, employment and travel. Once that record is created it can never be destroyed.
We are representing clients at the Magistrates Court daily. Magistrates cases are supervised by a Director.
The majority of Magistrates Advocy is conducted by a Director who will fight your corner whether by putting forward a Plea in Mitigation or rigoursly defending you at trial.
It is also part of our job to make sure that whoever we are defending understands what is happening and what is likely to happen. We explain everything - the charges, the law, the procedure. We encourage clients to address any areas of uncertainty or concern. You are free to challenge our opinion, we are here to advise not to command.
Obviously we cannot guarantee success but trust in our expertise and we guarantee that you will improve your chances of success.
Your case will be dealt with by an experienced team including Solicitor, Case worker, Independent Barrister and if necessary, Forensic Expert.
Appearing in the Crown Court is a daunting experience for any client and as such the support, advice and representation offered by our team is vital.
Modern day prosecutions rely heavily on forensic analysis including high tech surveillance, telephone, cell site analysis and DNA evidence. We have built up a relationship of various forensic experts in each field to assist with analysing evidence and defending complex cases.
Should you need advice and /or representation on an appeal against a conviction or sentence either from the Magistrates Court to the Crown Court or from the Crown Court to the Court of Appeal or if the prosecution appeal your sentence, we can represent you.
53 Stoke Road,
Tel: 023 9250 3366
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Wessex Solicitors Chambers is the trading name of Wessex Solicitors Chambers Limited
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