Criminal Law

Everybody, regardless of their financial situation, has the right to free and independent legal advice at the Police Station. This is the case whether you have been arrested or if you are attending voluntarily for a Police interview.

The initial stages following an arrest can be the most critical part in the criminal process. It is absolutely essential that you obtain professional advice if you ever find yourself in a Police Station suspected of a criminal offence. What you say or agree to at this point may dictate future events, including whether or not a prosecution is brought.

At Fountain Solicitors we have a team of highly qualified and experienced solicitors, led by Natasha Bournes, (Solicitor Advocate) and accredited Police Station representatives on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide expert advice and assistance to our clients at the Police Station.

On arriving at the Police Station you must be told of your right to free and independent legal advice. You should tell the Police that you want to speak to Fountain Solicitors. We will make sure that someone attends swiftly to avoid you being detained for any longer than is necessary.

Remember that by having a top criminal solicitors like Fountain Solicitors gives you a major advantage in the Police Station and could ultimately have a huge effect on the eventual outcome.

Our emergency 24 hour’s number for Criminal Law is 07748 306 774 or you can contact our office number  on 01922 645 429.

Below is a list of the general criminal offences which we deal with on a regular basis:

The outstanding client service we provide extends to every individual whether undertaking private or legal aid work.

Murder/Attempt Murder/Manslaughter

These are the most serious offences a person can be charged with. We have the expertise and experience to properly prepare trials for the Crown Court, giving our clients a fighting chance.

S18/S20 Wounding With/Without Intent to Cause Grievous Bodily Harm

This is the most serious assault charge a person can face and is dealt with seriously by the Courts. Most people are not aware of this, but the intention to cause GBH actually forms part of the offence of Murder which highlights the gravity of this offence. Only when severe injuries are sustained by the victim is this charge applied.

Rape/Sexual Assault

Rape cases are hard fought from both sides, however more often than not the reliability and truthfulness of the victim’s evidence can be genuinely challenged in Court. Also the rise of malicious and historic allegations have led to more and more people being charged with sexual offences which if proved true could be devastating to their lives.

Armed Robbery

Robbery itself is an Indictable offence, which means that the case is so serious it can only be heard in the Crown Court and Armed Robbery is a more serious offshoot of Robbery. If convicted this can lead to a long prison sentence.

Possession of Firearms

Kidnap/False Imprisonment

Kidnap is holding any individual child or adult against their will. The offence of Kidnap has a broad sentencing range with a prison sentence of 2 years being common for the less serious offences and sentences in excess of 10 years being handed down for the more serious offenders.

Conspiracy to Supply Drugs

Conspiracy offences are deemed as serious by the Criminal Courts as a degree of planning is involved in the commission of the offence and it indicates that the accused recognised they were breaking the law and set about planning to do so

Arson

The maximum penalty which can be handed down is a life sentence but this is reserved only for the most extreme cases where many were injured.

Perverting the Course of Justice

This offence deals with any individual who intentionally perverts the course of justice either by giving false testimony, interfering with witnesses, concealing evidence and making false allegations amongst other acts.

Bribery/Misconduct in Public Office

Domestic Violence

 Malicious allegations of domestic violence are becoming ever more commonplace and can impact hugely on the accused’s family life.

Theft

Thefts of high value can be dealt with by the Crown Court and can attract a custodial sentence depending on the circumstances.

Criminal Damage

Criminal Damage can occur in a wide range of situations and people can often be charged with it even when they did not intend to cause criminal damage. If the value of the damage caused is over £5000.00 the case may be heard in the Crown Court.

Handling Stolen Goods

Racially Aggravated Offences

There are many offences which, when racially aggravated, can attract longer sentences and so all racially aggravated offences should be regarded as serious and advice from a Solicitor must be sought out as a priority.

Harassment

With the advent of technology, what was usually a rare occurrence has become increasingly more common as this offence can now be committed in a variety of ways, including online on social media, telephone and through SMS.

TWOC (Taking Vehicle Without Consent) 

This offence is usually committed by youngsters who have taken their parents car out for a joyride but can also be committed by a person who has assumed consent of another and driven their car. The consequences can be severe for a person who does not hold a licence and legal advice is strongly advised from the outset

S47 Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

Careless Driving

 Another driving offence which can cover a whole array of situations and can be applied by the Prosecution very widely. However, to secure a conviction the Prosecution must prove that the individual’s driving fell below the standard of a reasonable and competent driver.

We recognise individual needs and requirements and act promptly to ensure we meet your expectations. Our emergency 24 hour’s number for Criminal Law is 07748 306 774 or you can contact our office number  on 01922 645 429. We can attend a police station in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell (Black Country) or any part of England and Wales and represent in courts in any court in England and Wales.

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