Crime and Defence

Frequently asked questions

Question 1:

I have been arrested and interviewed at the Police Station. I have been released on Police bail. I did not have a solicitor at the time. What do I need to do?

There can be a number of reasons as to why you have been released on Police bail. The Police may not have completed their investigations and have released you in order for you to return on an agreed date, where they will advise you further as to how your case will proceed.

The Police may wish to speak to you again on your return to the Police Station and further interview you in respect of further evidence they have obtained.

It is always advisable to have a solicitor present at the Police Station in order to assist you and advise you. In most cases having a solicitor involved will speed the proceedings up and prevent you from being detained any further in the cells or the Police Station. We can often speak to Police Officers prior to your return to the Police Station in order to find out how your case is progressing and assist in avoiding further delays for you.

It is our experience that the sooner you involve a solicitor in your case, the better enabled the solicitor is in order to assist you in your defence.

Representation at the Police Station is free of charge whatever your means.

Please call us as soon as possible in order that we can ensure that we are available to represent your interests.

Question 2:

I have a case in the Magistrates' Court and need a solicitor. What do I do?

If you are due to appear in the Magistrates' Court you have either been to the Police Station and been charged with an offence or have been summonsed for an offence through the post.

There is significant pressure from the Court system for cases to progress as quickly as possible, this is always in a clients interests to instruct a solicitor at the earliest available opportunity.

In many cases we can apply for a representation order. This is what was known as legal aid and we can therefore represent you free of charge.

If you do not qualify for legal aid we can of course discuss with you at the earliest opportunity the best way to proceed your case and the costs in doing so.

We have a team of 8 solicitors who will be able to assist you and ensure that your interests are represented in Court.

In order to give you initial advice all we need to know is the offence for which you are charged with and the date you are due to appear in Court.

If you have already appeared in Court and are advised to get a solicitor, again we will be able to assist you.

Question 3:

I am due to appear in the Crown Court, do I need a solicitor or a barrister?

If you are due to appear in the Crown Court then we are able to assist you with both a solicitor and a barrister.

You will need to instruct a barrister and in order to do so you will need to have a solicitor who has the expertise and skills to be able to advise that barrister as to what the case is and find the best barrister available in order to represent your interests.

In many cases you may be appearing in the Crown Court after being represented by a solicitor in the Magistrates' Court and take the view that you wish to change solicitors.

You are of course entitled to change solicitors at any point if you have good reason.

At Hunt & Coombs we have a dedicated Crown Court team who will be able to liaise with you and find the appropriate barrister who will ensure that your defence is put forward in the best way possible.

Please contact Hunt & Coombs as a matter of urgency and initially speak to Simon Milburn who will be able to advise you further as to how your case should proceed.

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Simon Milburn