Our Criminal Defence Lawyers have an excellent track record successfully defending people who faced a criminal charge in a Magistrates Court, the Crown Court or the Court of Appeal.
Slater and Gordon’s criminal defence services are for people who do not qualify for Legal Aid or who do not want to rely on Legal Aid and expect the very best quality legal defence services from a team of specialist Criminal Defence Lawyers. See our criminal defence case studies.
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Assault allegations can range from common assault to grievous bodily harm (GBH). Generally the level of seriousness of the criminal offence depends on the extent of any injury that an alleged assault may have inflicted.
The least serious of the assault charges is common assault. No physical injury needs to have occurred for a charge of common assault which can consist of simply putting someone in fear of immediate violence. Assault resulting in actual bodily harm (ABH) is usually charged in circumstances where the injuries amount to bruising, cuts or bone fractures. GBH Charges are likely where there has been serious bodily harm such as broken bones or an injury resulting in disfigurement.
In all assault cases possible defences may include self defence, defence of another, prevention of crime and lawful arrest and apprehension of offenders.
Any person facing an assault charge faces the risk of receiving a custodial sentence and also a criminal conviction. It’s important to get expert legal advice from a specialist criminal defence Lawyer as soon as possible.
The main drug offences that our criminal defence Lawyers defend are contained in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Controlled drugs are defined in the Misuse of Drugs Act and are classified as Class A, B or C. The classification of controlled drugs is largely based on the degree of harm likely to be involved in their use.
Jail sentencing powers available to the Courts varies depending upon the classification and quantity of drugs involved with Class A drugs being the most serious. Class A drugs include cocaine, heroin and ecstasy; Class B drugs include amphetamines, cannabis and barbiturates and Class C drugs include anabolic steroids, diazepam and most recently khat which was classified as a controlled drug in June 2014.
Drug offences include possession of a controlled drug, possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and production of a controlled drug.
Any person facing a drugs charge faces the risk of receiving a jail sentence and a criminal conviction. In addition the majority of offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act are deemed “lifestyle” offences for the purposes of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and confiscation proceedings in the event of conviction are inevitable.
Public Order offences range from allegations such as being drunk and disorderly through to the most serious type of offences which include violent disorder and rioting. In general these offences are aimed at the use of violence and/or intimidation either by an individual or a group and involve the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words and/or behaviour.
The level of sentencing powers available to the Courts varies depending on the type and seriousness of the allegation charged, and range from a financial penalty through to a custodial sentence.
For some less serious public order offences it may be possible to obtain an alternative disposal which does not amount to a criminal conviction, such as agreeing to be bound over to keep the peace.
Dishonesty offences include theft, fraud, handling stolen goods, money laundering, false accounting and fraudulent trading. Such offences cover a wide range of activity from shoplifting small items through to multi-million pound investment scams.
In England & Wales sentencing powers available to the Courts vary depending on the type and seriousness of the allegation charged and can range from a financial penalty through to a lengthy custodial sentence. Custodial sentences will be considered by the Courts in cases which involve a breach of trust and deception. The Court will consider factors such as the amount of money involved, the number of victims and the length of time the dishonesty has been on-going when assessing the seriousness of the offence.
Anyone facing a dishonesty charge faces the risk of receiving a custodial sentence. However a criminal conviction can also have devastating consequences that go beyond any sentence imposed by the Court, particularly for someone who is employed and has never been in trouble before. In addition confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in the event of conviction are inevitable.