Facing criminal charges can affect not only your personal freedom but also your future. No matter the charge, the stakes are high. If you’re found guilty, outcomes range from fines to community orders such as unpaid work through to severe consequences like imprisonment.
Beyond the immediate legal ramifications, being charged with a criminal offence can also have an impact on your personal life, job security and reputation. In such a critical situation, it's essential to get expert legal advice to navigate the complexities of criminal law and safeguard your rights.
Specialising in a range of criminal offences, the team of criminal defence solicitors at Switalskis is fully equipped to guide you through the process of defending a criminal charge. We tackle each case with the care and attention it needs, offering straightforward and compassionate advice at every turn.
Whether you're facing a minor civil charge or something much more serious, we're committed to defending your rights and minimising the impact on your life. With Switalskis, you're not just getting help from a solicitor; you're gaining a supportive team dedicated to securing the best possible outcome for you.
When you call us, we'll start with a consultation to understand your situation. We'll assess how strong your case is and walk you through what the legal process looks like, so you know what to expect, whether you’re due to be interviewed by the police at a police station or have already been charged and are due to appear in court.
Our team will be with you every step of the way. We'll make it easy for you to understand what's going on by explaining any legal terms in straightforward language, and we’ll take on the bulk of the legal responsibility. We understand that you’re likely going through a tough time, and we'll tailor our advice to meet your needs.
All our solicitors have been qualified for a minimum of 10 years under the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS) to practise as duty solicitors in the Magistrates’ court and police stations.
With Switalskis, you can rest easy knowing you have seasoned legal professionals fighting to defend your rights. We'll steer you through each stage of your case, making sure you're informed and confident about your decisions.
Our expert solicitors work across many areas of criminal law, including serious and violent crimes, as well as fraud. Collectively, the team has many years of experience and includes a barrister and two solicitor advocates who can provide the full range of services you might need. We can represent you before courts at all levels, and will always work to secure the best possible outcome for your situation.
With our strong track record, we aim to give you the peace of mind that you’ll receive consistent advice. You’ll also be able to retain our services if you need to take your case to a higher court, as our lawyers can represent clients at all levels, including the
Court of Appeal.
Facing criminal charges can be a daunting experience. Our dedicated team of criminal defence solicitors understands this, and we’re here to take on the legal burden, making sure you're informed and confident at every stage.
Although criminal defence cases can vary depending on the circumstances of the offence, here's a quick guide to how the defence process can look:
If you plead guilty or are found guilty after a trial, we can assist at your sentencing hearing to make sure that you achieve the best possible result.
Throughout this journey, we'll keep you in the loop and stay in regular communication so you can make informed decisions. We’ll also help you understand any bail conditions or restrictions that might apply and make sure you’re not at risk of facing further penalties by breaching these rules.
How your case proceeds and the length of time it can take will vary due to the wide range of factors that can impact it. These include the specific charges you’re facing, the nature of any police investigation, which court deals with it and the availability of court time to accommodate hearings.
If you’re charged with an offence by the police, you’ll typically need to attend court to enter a plea within 4 to 12 weeks.
You may also be summoned to answer charges at court by a letter known as a postal requisition. You may receive a postal requisition without warning and without any previous contact with the police. If you receive one, you’re likely to need to attend court within a similar timescale, meaning within a maximum of 12 weeks.
A guilty plea in the Magistrates’ court often results in the case being dealt with on the first occasion, but not in every case. We can provide more detailed advice on this when we have reviewed the evidence related to your case.
A not guilty plea means that there’ll be at least one further hearing. If the case remains in the Magistrates’ court, the second hearing will probably be the trial itself. If the case is sent to the Crown Court, there will probably be more hearings.
It’s impossible to say exactly how much it’ll cost to defend against a criminal offence charge, as every case is different. The only way to get an accurate estimate is to contact Switalskis for a free initial consultation. We’ll assess your case, estimate the fees and break everything down for you to make sure you understand the financial implications before you decide to proceed.
In certain circumstances, we offer a fixed-fee service. These don’t factor in outside costs, which you may have to pay separately, but are usually inclusive of our handling of your case, right up to representation in court. We currently charge VAT on all our services and third-party disbursements at 20%.
Any advice and assistance we provide at a police station interview is free of charge.
In specific cases, you may be able to rely on an insurance policy to help cover your legal fees. Some cases will qualify for legal aid and in those circumstances we can help clients to apply. However, under most circumstances, you’ll need to pay your fees yourself. If we succeed in defending your case, it may be possible to recover some of your legal costs. Whether this is possible will depend on the unique details of your case. We’ll advise you on whether this may be possible during our initial conversation, so you’ll fully understand the implications of any decisions you make well in advance.
If you’re being accused of committing a criminal offence, don’t leave your fate to chance. Even if you feel like your innocence speaks for itself, you need a legal expert to help you put it before the court. Speak to our team as soon as possible and we will begin work to build your defence and uphold your rights. To learn more, call us today on 0800 1380 458 or contact us through our website.