Criminal Damage Solicitors
Specialist criminal solicitors and barristers at representing clients facing investigation Criminal Damage
The offence of Criminal Damage is contained within Section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971. If you have been asked to attend the Police Station for a voluntary interview under caution or have recently been charged with this offence, it is important to appoint expert legal representation at an early stage. If convicted, a person could receive a prison sentence and a criminal record. Our specialist Criminal Defence Lawyers have successfully represented many clients on a private fee-paying basis for this offence. Our competitively priced fixed fees start from £2,500+VAT which includes initial legal advice and representation at the First Court Hearing. If you require expert representation, please call us on 03308189837 or complete our Contact Form.
What is Criminal Damage?
To commit this crime a person must:
- Without lawful excuse;
- Destroys or damages property;
- Belonging to another;
- With the intention to destroy / damage property or if the person is reckless as to whether property would be destroyed
Examples of criminal damage include breaking windows, doors or damaging motor vehicles. It can be an isolated offence which may arise due to an argument / dispute or it can be in addition to offences of assault which also result in property damage.
Our law firm is ranked amongst the top tier of law firms in the United Kingdom with a top ranking in the category of Crime (which includes Driving Offence), the highest ranking that can achieved in the Chambers Guide.
The Legal 500 guide describes Kang & Co Solicitors as being “well adept at tailoring its resources to an individual case and investing heavily for the client. Legal advice is honest and the team always takes into consideration the views of the client.”
Criminal Damage Defence
Whether a charge of criminal damage can be successfully defended in Court will depend upon the evidence available to the prosecution and the circumstances surrounding the incident therefore, it is important to secure expert legal representation at an early stageof proceedings so that you have the best possible chance of attaining a successful outcome.
A charge can be challenged on the following:
- Identity: The police may have prosecuted the wrong person.
- Intention: The intention to destroy / damage property may not have been present, and the actions were not reckless.
- ‘Lawful excuse’
Paying Privately for Representation
We have been covering only private client criminal cases for many years and the benefits to our clients are clear. Our clients receive a much higher level of legal expertise and attention, because they are funding their cases privately. This enables us to dedicate more time in preparing the case, compared with firms that may also offer legal aid. Legal aid lawyers (Duty Solicitors) are often over-worked and are covering more cases than they should, as the nature of their work is reactive, and this can result in your case not receiving the time and attention it deserves.
Our private client solicitors are specialists in their field, have significant experience and will have dealt with other cases like yours in the past and will know the best strategies to achieve a not guilty verdict.
Advantages of Paying Privately for a Specialist Criminal Defence Lawyer
- Expertise: There are very limited number of law firms throughout the country that only accept criminal cases on a private fee-paying basis, these lawyers will usually only accept such cases because they possess superior legal knowledge and expertise.
- Communication: Paying for legal representation privately will usually result in better and more frequent communication with your Solicitor and Barrister. Lawyers paid privately will usually respond to e-mails and phone calls quickly.
- Preparation: The amount of time a lawyer spends preparing a case and considering the evidence will have an impact upon the result. Paying privately will ensure that the lawyer can spend enough time on case preparation, which will have a positive impact on the overall outcome of the case. We prepare thoroughly for each case.
- Service: Clients that instruct lawyers via private funds will receive a substantially better service than those using legal aid.
- Quality: The overall quality of legal representation from private client solicitors is significantly superior.
- Consistency: We provide all our clients with consistency and continuity, the lawyer dealing with your case will be the same person from start to finish.
What is Lawful Excuse?
A person charged with criminal damage can defend the prosecution if at the time of the offence;
- The person believed that the person or persons whom he believed to be entitled to consent to the destruction of or damage to the property in question had consented, or would have consented to it if he or they had known of the destruction or damage and its circumstances; or
- The person destroyed / damaged the property in question in order to protect property belonging to himself or another or a right or interest in property.
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
Our top-rated criminal defence team understand that being prosecuted will have a devastating impact upon your career, future income and your professional profile. For that reason, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to scrutinising the evidence and planning a strong defence strategy.
We appreciate that for many white-collar workers and regulated professionals a conviction for criminal damage could result in a professional regulatory body such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority, General Medical Council or Financial Conduct Authority assessing whether you remain suitable to continue in your profession given the criminal conviction on your record. We aim to secure the best possible outcome for all our clients, as a conviction could result in life changing consequences or prevent you from continuing your chosen career path.
It is important to appreciate that even relatively minor convictions may not result in a custodial sentence (prison) however, a conviction could potentially result in the end of your career or issues with other aspects of your life, such as travelling to other countries for holidays or work. Our lawyers understand that being prosecuted can be a tough time and your case is a priority for us. Instructing our specialist top-ranked criminal lawyers to represent you will give you the best possible chance of a successful outcome and we will fight your corner to win.
Our solicitors appreciate that if you are a public figure or sports personality, a criminal conviction or even investigation could potentially result in suspension from public office or cancellation of sponsorship/advertising deals. It is, therefore, crucial that you instruct a qualified and experienced criminal defence law firm that has previously represented many high-profile clients and professionals, as this will provide you with the best chance of a not guilty verdict.
A criminal record for an offence such as criminal damage could also cause difficulties in family law / care proceedings as a criminal conviction will create a further obstacle to overcome in those proceedings. The lawyer you choose to instruct to defend your case will have a significant impact upon the direction and outcome of the case, therefore you should take serious consideration when choosing the law firm.
Sentence for Criminal Damage
This is an offence which can be heard before the Magistrates’ or Crown Court. The value of the property alleged to have been damaged is the factor which will determine whether the case remains at the Magistrates’ Court or is sent to the Crown Court.
If the value of the property alleged to have been damaged is below £5,000 the offence is regarded as ‘summary only’ and will remain in the Magistrates’ Court where the Court can impose a prison sentence of up to 3 months. In cases where the value of the damaged property is above £5,000 the offence becomes and ‘either-way’ offence and will usually be transferred to the Crown Court where the Court can impose a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Whilst criminal damage is an offence where the Court has the power to impose a sentence of up to 10 years, the sentence impose will depend upon the individual circumstances of the offence, the value of the property and the quality of legal representation you have secured.
We represent the full range of clients from ordinary people, through to high-net worth individuals, business owners, sports personalities and actors. We are instructed by individuals that are in a financial position to pay privately for legal representation and those that appreciate the benefits of doing this, as opposed to using public funding.
We have significant experience in successfully defending:
Do you Need a Solicitor for Criminal Damage?
If you are in a position to appoint a skilled law firm to advise and represent you for criminal damage, then you should certainly appoint a solicitor to advise and represent you, as this can in certain circumstances result in the prosecution deciding not to charge. Our lawyers have represented many clients on fixed fees for representation at the police station which has resulted in no charges being brought against our clients. Securing representation at an early stage such as attending the police station for an interview, can often provide a favourable result.
If you have already been charged or have received a postal requisition, if appointed our lawyers will scrutinise the prosecution evidence to identify any weakness and will advise you on whether you ought to progress the matter to trial. If the evidence is strong and you decide to enter a guilty plea, our experienced barristers can put forward strong and compelling mitigation which will result in you receiving a far more lenient sentence than attending Court without legal representation. Attending Court with legal representation can often be the difference between receiving a community order as opposed to a prison sentence.
If you are facing a criminal investigation or prosecution, you should seek out the very best lawyers to defend your case, so that you have the best chance of a successful outcome. Our solicitors and barristers are highly experienced and recognised nationally for successfully defending a significant number of high-profile criminal prosecutions throughout England and Wales.
As a specialist private funded criminal defence law firm, we represent clients that are in a financial position to fund their cases privately, as a result our clients do not qualify for Public Funding (Legal Aid) and for that reason we do not undertake any work on Legal Aid.
Our Private Legal Defence Lawyers accept new cases on a Fixed Fee basis, ensuring that our clients know exactly how much their case will cost from the outset.
Private legal representation is not only reserved for the wealthy, many of our clients are ordinary people that require a robust defence team to provide them with the best chance of protecting their reputation and career. If you require more information on the cost of defending your case, speak to one of our solicitors for a free no obligation fee estimate.
We are a Leading National Private Client Criminal Defence Law Firm, that frequently receives 5-star reviews and positive feedback from satisfied clients on Trustpilot, Google Reviews and Yell.
We are also recognised as a Best Rated law firm in Birmingham and Milton Keynes. This reputation has been developed by providing unrivalled expertise, practical advice, communication and court advocacy.
Our ever growing law firm is ranked as a leading firm in the field of Criminal Law by the prestigious Chambers UK Law Firm guide and The Legal 500. This reputation has been developed by providing unrivalled expertise, practical advice, communication and court advocacy.
If you choose to appoint us to defend your case, we guarantee that you will be provided with the best legal representation available, which in turn will provide you with the best chance of a successful result at Court.
AGREED FEE CRIMINAL LAWYERS
Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;
£2,500 + VAT
Birmingham Head Office
1 Victoria Square
330 High Holborn
Milton Keynes Office
Milton Keynes, MK9 1BP