Solicitors for Criminal Trials
Expert solicitors and barristers for Criminal Trials
Our Specialist Private Client Criminal Defence Solicitors have a wealth of experience at successfully defending professionals, business owners and public figures at trials in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.
If you are looking for the best possible legal representation available because you have been charged with a criminal offence, call our lawyers on 0330 818 9837 or complete our contact form at the bottom of this page and one of our lawyers will call you to provide details on how we can help and information on the cost of legal representation.
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Expert Trial Lawyers
If you choose to appoint our lawyers for your criminal defence case, as part of the fixed fee you will have a highly experienced and skilled solicitor working on your case to advise and guide you through the prosecution from start to finish. If appropriate as part of the fixed fee you will also have an expert criminal defence barrister assigned to your case.
We understand that even a minor criminal conviction such as common assault could result in difficulties with your career or damage to your reputation, and for that reason our lawyers leave no stone unturned when preparing your defence case.
The barrister we use at trial will depend upon the type and the complexity of the case.
What is a Criminal Trial?
A ‘trial’ is a contested Court hearing. Trials will take place if there is an allegation against an individual or company, and that individual or company denies the allegation made against them, such matters will usually progress to a ‘trial’ because the allegation is not accepted by the defendant.
As an example, a person (the Defendant) is charged with a criminal offence such as assault however the allegation is untrue or there might be a defence available, for example self-defence in such circumstances the defendant may wish to plead ‘not guilty’ and challenged the prosecution case. Once the defendant has attended Court and pleaded ‘not guilty’ the case will be adjourned (delayed) for a trial hearing.
What is The Purpose of a Trial?
The purpose of a trial is to establish whether the person or company being prosecuted (the Defendant) is guilty of the offence they have been charged with. Using the example mentioned above (assault), the purpose of the trial is for the Court to consider all the evidence and then to establish whether the Defendant is guilty of the alleged offence. Simply because a person pleads not guilty it does not mean that the case is concluded. Trials are a mechanism used to determine the outcome (guilty/not guilty).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Private Funding for Criminal Trials
As a specialist high end law firm, we only accept cases on a private funded basis. We offer legal representation for the full range of criminal offences on a fixed fee basis which is paid as the case progresses. If you would like a cost estimate of the likely total cost to take your case to trial, please call us and we will be able to provide you with an accurate quotation.
The cost of defending each case to trial is individual and will usually depend upon:
- The type of Criminal Offence you are being prosecuted for
- The number of offences on the Charge Sheet / Court Summons
- Whether the trial takes place in the Magistrates’ or Crown Court
- The number of witnesses in the case
- The duration of the trial
Paying Privately for Court Cases
We have been covering only private client criminal cases for many years and the benefits for our clients are very 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 not profitable, 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.
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AGREED FEE CRIMINAL LAWYERS
Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;
£2,500 + VAT
Our lawyers are available to defend all clients at trial however, we are frequently 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:
What Evidence Will the Court Consider at Trial?
The evidence considered by the Court will depend upon the type of offence and the evidence available to the Prosecution or Defence Lawyers. A criminal trial may include the following evidence:
Cell Site Evidence
Should you Have a Trial?
The question of whether a trial is the right choice for you will require a detailed analysis of the evidence, your version of events and the appropriate law. If you are considering this as an opinion you should seek expert legal advice from a criminal defence solicitor. If you would like more details, please call us on 0330 818 9837 and we will be able to give you some general points to consider before making your decision.
When is a Trial Suitable?
- A trial could be suitable if the allegation made against you is false and you vehemently deny committing the offence;
- If you have evidence which supports, your innocence;
- If there is a legal defence applicable to your circumstances.
Magistrates’ or Crown Court
Whether your trial takes place in the Magistrates’ or Crown Court will largely depend upon the type of offence you are being prosecuted for. If the criminal offence is less serious it is more likely to be heard in the Magistrates’ Court and if the offence is of a serious nature, it will usually be heard before the Crown Court.
In certain types of offences, a defendant can choose which Court the trial takes place in because the offence is a ‘either way offence’. There are many advantages and disadvantages of each Court and this is a topic which requires a detailed meeting with a specialist criminal defence solicitor before you decide.
What if a Defendant pleads Guilty?
If a person facing prosecution pleads guilty to all the charges, then a trial will not take place. A trial is not necessary when a guilty plea is entered because the Defendant accepts the wrongdoing.
If a Defendant is being prosecuted for several offences, a Defendant may decide to plead guilty to some offences and not guilty to others. In such circumstances, it will usually be necessary for a trial to take place in respect of what the Defendant pleaded not guilty.
How a Decision is Made at Trial
If a matter is progressing to trial, this would usually mean that the Defendant denies the allegation placed against him/her by the prosecution. The onus will be upon the prosecuting authority (CPS/ Police) to prove (beyond all reasonable doubt in Criminal prosecutions) that the offence has been committed.
The Court will hear evidence from the Prosecution and Defence. Evidence will usually be heard in the form of oral testimony from witnesses, expert witnesses, video evidence and photographic evidence. The prosecution lawyer will seek to undermine evidence adduced by the Defence and the Defence lawyer will seek to identify weaknesses in the prosecution evidence/case.
The Court may also hear legal submissions from the defence as to the admissibility of evidence (if appropriate) along with closing submissions which are carefully crafted to assist the case.
The Court will then consider the evidence which was presented during the trials along with the appropriate legislation to determine whether the offence has been committed.
Why You Need Legal Representation at Trial
In short, without a lawyer defending your case at trial, the likelihood is that you will be convicted. Attempting to defend yourself at trial is not recommended. If you are considering pleading not guilty, and progressing your case to trial, you should instruct a specialist lawyer to represent you at Court so that you have the best possible chance of being acquitted.
Below are some reasons why you should instruct a lawyer to defend you at trial:
- The prosecution has a qualified lawyer to prosecute you. A prosecutor will undertake his / her role to the best of their ability and will not ‘take it easy’ because you are not legally represented.
- If you decide not to instruct a lawyer to defend your case, you have made the job to prosecute you far easier for the prosecutor.
- Because you are not a lawyer, the prosecutor may seek to ‘push the boundaries’ when in Court as you will not be aware of what they can and more importantly can’t do.
- Your individual circumstances may have contained a defence which was not raised by you, as you were not aware that the defence existed.
- You may decide to plead guilty to something when there was a defence available.
- You will not possess the appropriate skill and experience to cross-examine prosecution witnesses. This is a skill which takes qualified lawyers several years to master.
- There could be procedural errors in the prosecution case which could potentially make the prosecution invalid. Without the assistance of an experienced lawyer, you will be unaware of these potential errors.
- A conviction could potentially be detrimental to your liberty or business.
- A litigant in person will not possess the skill on how to properly prepare a case for trial.
- A litigant in person is unlikely to possess the confidence to present a case in Court.
If you are pleading not guilty and wish to stand a reasonable chance of being acquitted (found not guilty) you should certainly instruct a suitably qualified Solicitor / Barrister to present your case before the Court.
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