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Whether you are accused of stealing an apple or murder, the magistrates court is the starting point for all criminal cases once they have been charged by the police.
Magistrates’ Courts are presided over either by panels of non-lawyer magistrates or by a single District Judge. Whoever is on the bench they decide both the law and whether you are guilty or not. Because these people will have heard it all before you might expect that they will be less likely to believe you and given the conviction ratio in magistrates’ court in in 2017 was 86% you would probably not be wrong. How are people acquitted then? The answer is because of thorough preparation couple with excellent presentation of your case and that, is precisely what we offer to all our clients.
We use a robust and well-tried case analysis system to prepare our cases for trial. This ensures that we identify all the key points of the prosecution case so that we can look at how best to undermine them or use them to our own advantage. It also means that we do not miss potential legal arguments, e.g. applications under section 76 or 78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 to exclude evidence that has been improperly obtained or which it would be unfair to admit.
As part of our preparation, we will work with you to ensure that we have all the material necessary to present and win your case at trial.
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We provide a free initial consultation in criminal cases. We do not handle Legal Aid cases. We do not act on a no win, no fee basis. All enquiries are completely confidential.
Although we have talked about how to win your case so far, that’s not all we can do to help you. Sometimes client’s will say to us, “I accept I am guilty and I want to tell that to the court, what can you do to help me?” Even if you are pleading guilty there is still a lot our solicitors can do to help you.
First, we will examine the evidence against you. Frequently, we find material in the prosecutions own evidence that can assist the defence when mitigating. We will also discuss the offence with you and find the material we need to reduce the sentence you receive.
We will also want to talk about you as a person. Who are you? Do you have family? What impact will this conviction and/or sentence have upon you? What has changed within you since this offence? This is call personal mitigation and can be very effective in reducing the sentence you receive.
By adding together the evidence that mitigates the offence to your personal mitigation we aim to reduce the sentence you receive significantly.