If you have been charged with an offence by the police, benefits agency or Probation Service you may have been bailed or summonsed to appear before a Magistrates Court where you will be expected to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
It is crucial that you secure advice so that you know the strength of the evidence against you and whether there are any defences in law so that you can be advised expertly and secure the best possible outcome.
Cases in England and Wales start life in the Magistrates Court and the majority of criminal cases are dealt with in this arena.
Some offences can be relatively minor and others can be more serious and can carry up to 6 months imprisonment.
For some people having a conviction on their record can be catastrophic and can lead to loss of employment through enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks (formally CRB checks), notwithstanding any prison sentence that may follow.
Upon instructing a solicitor you will receive expert, timely advice throughout your case. You will be advised as to the prosecution evidence against you and your chances of success should you have a trial.
There may be evidence that the police or Crown Prosecution Service will uncover and we will be able to help you in obtaining defence evidence – for example evidence from mobile telephones, emails, social media can often prove to be decisive defence tools in securing a not guilty outcome.
There are some situations where people can find themselves before a Magistrates’ Court having no alternative than to plead guilty to an offence which has arisen out of character and so expert mitigation can be provided by the defence team at Waldrons Solicitors to ensure that any sentence is fair and that the Court is aware of all the circumstances that may apply in your case.
For any cases where you find yourself being prosecuted before a Magistrates’ Court, please contact us to secure expert advice.
The Youth Court is a division of the Magistrates’ Court which deals with people aged from 10 to 17 years.
While the youth court sits within a Magistrates’ Court building, the rules and regulations are very different from the adult Court and so young people are advised to ensure representation throughout any proceedings at a Youth Court.
Youth Courts have more power than the adult Court to hear more serious offences as the sentencing range goes up to 2 years in a young offenders’ institution, which is an extremely long time for a young person to be incarcerated.
It is therefore essential that if you or your family member are to appear before the Youth Court you get the best possible advice from an early stage to ensure the best possible outcome in the case.
We have expert solicitors who frequently appear before Youth Courts and are highly skilled in representing young people for trials, mitigation for sentence hearings, bail applications and all manner of other hearings. Contact us for advice in this field.
CROWN COURT REPRESENTATION
The Crown Courts in England and Wales deal with the most serious of criminal offences and so if you find yourself before a Crown Court it is critical that you ensure you have the best possible legal representation available.
We have expert solicitors who are highly experienced at handling cases of all types, including offences of murder, rape and drug offences to lower level assaults. All cases will benefit from skilful advice, strategy and planning so that the best outcome can be achieved.
This may be pursuing a case to trial to obtain an acquittal or it may be attempting to negotiate with the prosecution to plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid a custodial sentence.
Our experienced solicitors will be on hand to guide you throughout the case and our in house solicitor advocates will represent you at the Crown Court proceedings.
You will receive tailored, knowledgeable advice throughout Crown Court proceedings. Do not delay, contact us for immediate assistance.