Facing the Crown Court is a daunting prospect. Nearly all driving cases are dealt with in the Magistrates’ Courts. Only the most serious driving cases involving either dangerous driving or deaths on the road are heard at the Crown Court. The Crown Court also deals with appeals against conviction and sentence from the Magistrates’ Court.
If you need a solicitor to represent you in the Crown Court then I can help. I specialise in dealing with trials guilty pleas and appeal cases in the Crown Court. I can also help If you want to stay with your current solicitor but you need a second opinion.
What Will a Solicitor Do for Me in a Crown Court Case?
Every case is different. Not everything on the list will happen in every case. There will be some extra things that will come up too.
- Reviewing the evidence from the police or the prosecutor
- Helping you to collect the right evidence to support your case
- Giving you detailed advice about the whole case
- Advising you about getting expert evidence
- Advising you about pleading guilty or not guilty
- Advising you about character references
- Helping you negotiate your way through the court process
- Explaining about giving evidence in court
- Representing you at court in a trial
- Putting forward arguments why you should be found not guilty
- Representing you at court in a guilty plea
- Persuading the the judge to impose the lowest penalty possible
- Providing second opinions
- Representing you in an appeal
No Substitute for Experience
I specialise in representing drivers accused of motoring offences. I have many years of experience representing clients in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. All solicitors are authorised to appear in the Magistrates’ Court but I have two extra qualifications:
- Member of the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme – an award that is only given to solicitors who have reached a required standard and level of experience in the Magistrates’ Court.
- Higher Rights of Audience – means that I am authorised to appear in the Crown Court. Most solicitors are not allowed to appear in Crown Court trials. Traditionally that is a job that only barristers are allowed to do.
How About a Barrister?
I am qualified to represent my clients in the Crown Court. I try to represent as many of my clients personally when their case is in court. Sometimes I will work with an experienced barrister. I will usually do this when:
- I have another court case that day – I can’t be in two places at once
- My client requests a barrister
- The case is particularly unusual or complex and needs a specialist in a very narrow field
Unsure If You Need Legal Representation for a Crown Court Case?
Before you decide if you need a solicitor, call me or request a call back under no obligation.