Crown Courts deal with serious criminal cases, as well as Magistrates court appeals for conviction or sentencing. These are known as “indictable only” and can only be dealt with in the Crown Court, although they start in the magistrates’ court.

Our Crime & Prison Law department has a long and proud history of representing individuals in all kinds of criminal matters. We can assist at all stages of the case including:

  • Obtaining the prosecution’s evidence
  • Applying for bail
  • Dealing with the appeal against the refusal of bail
  • Preparing your case for trial, including interviewing witnesses
  • Representing you at a trial or other contested hearing
  • Cross-examining prosecution witnesses on your behalf
  • Liaising with the Youth Offending Team/Probation Service
  • Sentencing hearings
  • We can advise you on appeals for pre-existing convictions or sentences to the Court of Appeal

If you do not qualify for Legal Aid, we can discuss the work involved, please bear in mind it is difficult to provide any estimate of costs without knowing more about your case and the evidence against you. 

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What type of cases do Crown Court lawyers take on?

Criminal cases in England and Wales are heard in the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. While every case begins in the Magistrates’ Court, only the more serious will be heard at the Crown Court.

Our specialist and dedicated Crown Court team are comprised of barristers, solicitors and paralegals experienced in dealing with a wide range of cases including:

  • Murder
  • Attempted murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated burglary
  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Grievous bodily harm (GBH)
  • Conspiracy offences
  • Rape and other sexual offences
  • Possession with intent to supply drugs
  • Serious Fraud
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Regulatory Crime
  • Firearms and other weapons offences

Our department is supported by a strong team of in-house Crown Court experts who are available to help you with advice and representation at the Crown Courts.

We can also help you apply for legal aid or work with you on a private client basis, whichever best suits your individual years’ financial circumstances.

What happens if I am convicted in Crown Courts?

Our experienced Criminal Lawyers will advise you on the merits of an appeal and if appropriate will take the necessary action on your behalf if you wish.

We also provide a full legal service to prisoners across the country. Going to prison can be a traumatic experience, and we do all we can to help prisoners work their way through the system and out.

If you or a loved one is in prison, it is crucial to seek out legal support to ensure your best interests are being upheld and your human rights are not violated.

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And if I am acquitted?

If you are acquitted, we will refer you to our specialist Actions Against the Police Department. They will then advise you on the merits of a civil claim for compensation.

Legal Aid for Crown Court Cases

Legal Aid is automatic for most Crown Court cases. Currently, though, there is a means test and you may have to pay a monthly contribution to the Legal Aid Agency. If you are acquitted, this is repaid.

Private Representation for the Crown Court

The Prosecution will always be represented by an experienced barrister or higher courts advocate; therefore, we recommend that you are represented by an experienced legal advisor.

Broudie Jackson Canter are expert in Crime & Prison Law. Established in 1960, Broudie Jackson Canter’s Crime & Prison Law department has a long and proud history of representing individuals in all kinds of criminal matters.

If you are in urgent need of a criminal law solicitor to represent you, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us on 0151 227 1429.

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