Criminal Litigation solicitors

When you've been charged with an offence of any severity, you need Britton and Time Solicitors.
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A crime is any behaviour that is threatening, harmful or otherwise endangering to property, health, safety or the moral welfare of people. Solicitors who specialise in this area are criminal litigators.

Low-level crimes are dealt with in a magistrate’s court and you have no right to a jury. These include vandalism, criminal damage, low-level violent offences and being drunk & disorderly.

More serious crimes are dealt with by the crown court, such as treason, murder, rape, kidnapping, money laundering and burglary, grievous bodily harm (GBH) and robbery. Depending on the severity of the crime these are tried by a high court, presiding or circuit judge, or a recorder.

Criminal proceedings can be complex and lengthy, with far-reaching and serious consequences. As we know that facing a criminal prosecution can be an extremely difficult experience, we are committed to helping you in the most constructive, supportive way possible, every step of the way.

Choosing Britton and Time to represent you means choosing the best, at a time when nothing else will do.

  OUR CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALISMS

 

Driving Offences

 

Violent Offences

 

Money Laundering

Whatever your situation, get in touch today for a professional, cost-effective way forward.

What is criminal litigation?

Criminal litigation is brought by the state against an individual. It is distinct from civil litigation, which refers to a private lawsuit between two parties.

This is because criminal law relates to offences and breaches that negatively affect society as a whole, rather than just one person. This area of UK law outlines what Acts of Parliament deem to be acceptable (and unacceptable) conduct.

There are also offences that can be committed by a British citizen abroad, which are then prosecuted under British law in England and Wales.

If a person breaches criminal law, they’re subject to criminal prosecution by the state. Criminal proceedings will usually be brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the name of the Crown, and will be heard in a Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. Private Prosecutions are also pursued by parties who have a specific interest in the case.

Types of criminal litigation Britton and Time Solicitors specialises in:

  • Driving Offences
  • Money Laundering
  • Violent Offences (such as murder, assault, sexual assault and battery)
  • Burglary, theft, arson and criminal damage
  • Fraud, money laundering and drug dealing
  • Business and financial crime
  • Investigations
  • International crime and extradition

Also:

Police station representation and advice, bail bond hearings, plea bargains, trial, revocation hearings (parole or probation), appeals and post-conviction remedies

The possible outcomes

If convicted, the offender will receive the penalty laid out in the relevant legislation and sentencing guidelines, (which usually takes the form of fines, prison sentences or community orders).

Criminal trials require the highest standard of proof, which means the prosecutor must prove all elements of the crime beyond reasonable doubt. This is because in the UK you are considered to be innocent until proven guilty. But that is why you need a criminal litigation solicitor.

What is a criminal litigation solicitor?

Criminal litigation solicitors work with individuals accused of a crime and represent their cases in a criminal court. Much of a criminal litigation solicitor’s time is spent gathering facts, analysing information, filing the necessary legal paperwork relating to the case and attending hearings.

Who would need a criminal litigation solicitor?

In truth this has no tangible answer, in as much as anyone could one day find themselves in need of a criminal litigation solicitor, regardless of their profession, background, wealth or standing. Anyone facing or needing to defend a criminal case needs a criminal litigation solicitor.

What does a criminal litigation solicitor do?

A good criminal litigation solicitor such as those at Britton and Time Solicitors will provide strategic, sensible and practical criminal law advice, as well as keep potentially high profile cases out of the public eye.

Criminal litigation solicitors can assist clients throughout the criminal justice process, including pre-trial. Some clients choose to retain a solicitor during the investigation period of a crime too, before they are even charged.

This often happens if someone is a suspect and has reason to believe that he or she will soon be charged. In these instances, a criminal litigation solicitor can help instruct the individual while they are being questioned by authorities, to ensure the suspect doesn’t divulge any incriminating information.

A criminal litigation solicitor can also help convince a court to drop charges against you based on insufficient evidence or improper procedure. For example, in many instances a police officer must have probable cause before making an arrest.

Probable cause means a compelling reason to believe that you may have committed a crime. Criminal litigation solicitors have a nuanced understanding of probable cause as it is defined within your jurisdiction and may be able to present a challenge to the officer’s reasoning in court.

If your solicitor can show that the officer may not have had probable cause to investigate the alleged crime scene and make an arrest, charges against you may even be dropped before the trial begins.

In addition, when you are arrested for a crime, you may be detained pending trial. But you can usually be released as long as you provide a certain amount of bail money. Bail is intended to ensure you show up for trial. A criminal litigation solicitor can persuade the court to reduce your bail or waive it altogether.

If you know you will be found guilty of committing a crime, you may want to try to enter into a plea bargain with the prosecution. This is a negotiated agreement to reduce charges to a lesser crime or reduce sentencing.

Your solicitor can represent you during plea negotiations to increase your chances of receiving a reduced punishment. For example, if you are a minor and are accused of assault, some jurisdictions may wish to charge you as an adult. However, with the use of a solicitor, you may be able to negotiate a deal so you instead are charged with juvenile assault.

Your solicitor can also assist you during the criminal trial. They will analyse your case, identifying its strengths and weaknesses. From there, you can then collaborate and come up with the best possible strategy.

Your solicitor can also discuss the pros and cons of pleading guilty, especially when a plea bargain may be on the table.

The standard steps of a criminal trial, (from jury selection to providing opening statements to questioning witnesses) will be explained to you by your criminal litigation solicitor. If the result does not go in your favour, your solicitor will then assist you with the appeals process.

Why choose Britton & Time Solicitors for your criminal litigation case?

Our criminal litigation solicitors are at once discerning and supportive and will defend or pursue your case with the utmost ferocity.

By choosing Britton and Time Solicitors you can be assured you will be represented by an experienced solicitor who genuinely cares about the outcome of your case. Following an initial meeting, during which we will listen to and annotate everything you have to say, an appropriate strategy will be formulated for your case.

You will be kept informed and will be involved in every stage of proceedings, including (but not limited to) correspondence, evidence and the selection of counsel.

Britton and Time Solicitors is driven by the need to succeed, because we are very aware of the possible implications of the wrong result. Quite apart from the direct punishment, there are reputations at stake – both yours and ours – we fully appreciate the right outcome is of the greatest importance.

Why would someone need a criminal litigation solicitor?

Criminal law is a complex body of legislation. The average person, regardless of their standing or intelligence will not have an understanding of criminal law, the court system or the criminal justice process. Yet ignorance or failing to understand criminal law is rarely an adequate defence.

Although every individual has the right to represent himself or herself during criminal trial proceedings, the consequences of having poor legal representation can be far-reaching and severe. Being found guilty of lesser crimes might only result in a fine or a brief prison sentence, but more serious crimes can lead to long prison terms. This is why it is imperative to have someone knowledgeable about the law to argue on your behalf.

Many rules about criminal proceedings are buried within regulations and laws, and in some cases even prior court decisions. For example, if you were to represent yourself, you may never know if the search that the police conducted of your home was lawful or not, without understanding the many nuances and intricacies surrounding the law pertaining to such matters.

Furthermore, because no one criminal case is exactly like another, criminal litigation solicitors are trained to pick through each case And find out what makes them unique. In addition, the best criminal litigation solicitors are able to spot certain arguments and factors that could mitigate or even negate any potential crime. When all is said and done, hiring a solicitor to represent you in your criminal trial is a necessity.

How can Britton & Time Solicitors help someone who needs a criminal litigation law firm?

Our solicitors are all proud of their innate ability to investigate, negotiate, provide a technical legal defence and win at trial.

The start of the case is all about the gathering of information. It’s our job to ascertain what actually happened and how to prove it. This could include gaps in the investigation, internet and phone records, video evidence and witnesses. The latter might contradict current witnesses or even the police. It is these pieces of evidence that often mean the difference between a win and a loss.

Beyond this strong negotiation is key. Good criminal litigation solicitors such as those at Britton and Time Solicitors know everything there is to know about their client – the good and the bad. It is our job to convey the good, whilst remaining transparent and honest at every juncture.

If you need to win your case, you need the very best criminal litigation law firm. Call Britton and Time Solicitors today to ensure the right result.

  OUR CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALISMS

 

Driving Offences

 

Violent Offences

 

Money Laundering

Whatever your situation, get in touch today for a professional, cost-effective way forward.

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