If you have been accused of a criminal offence you should seek expert legal advice to ensure your rights are protected. Getting access to the right legal representation at the earliest opportunity will not only give you much needed reassurance at a challenging time but will give your legal team time to plan the best possible defence strategy.
Our Criminal Defence Team has extensive experience in navigating the criminal justice system, from attendance at police stations to representation in court. We provide high quality, specialist legal advice as soon as you need it. Wilford Smith’s criminal defence experts take instructions from individuals and businesses, and provide representation in all types of court proceedings – including in the Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. If you have been accused of an offence, have been charged or are on bail, contact Wilford Smith for advice today.
Our Criminal Defence Team provides legal representation in relation to all types of criminal cases. We use our skill, hard work and determination to develop a robust defence case for our clients. We are experts in the following areas:
Serious and general crime
- Drugs offences
- Firearms offences
- Sexual offences
- Internet crime and cyber crime
- Corporate manslaughter
- Perverting the course of justice
Road traffic offences
- Drink driving
- Driving while using a mobile phone
- Drug driving
- Dangerous driving
- Careless driving
- Driving while disqualified
- Driving without insurance
- Removal of driving disqualification
- Totting up
- Exceptional hardship cases
- Money laundering
- Proceeds of Crime Act
- Cash seizures
- Civil recovery
- Tax and VAT fraud
- Internet and copyright fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Pension fraud
- Benefit fraud
- Banking fraud
- False accounting
- Fraudulent trading
- Bribery and corruption
- Confiscation proceedings
- National Crime Agency (NCA)
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- Financial Crime Agency (FCA)
- Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
- Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
- UK Border Agency
- Private prosecutions
Why is it important to appoint a solicitor at the earliest possible stage?
A police officer can arrest an individual if they have reasonable grounds for suspecting that someone has committed, is going to commit or is in the process of committing an offence. Following an arrest, the individual will then normally be taken to the nearest police station for a police interview.
However, in many cases an individual will attend a police station for interview without having been subject to arrest. This is known a voluntary interview. If you attended for a voluntary interview, you are not under arrest, you will have the right to leave at any time and you are entitled to have a lawyer with you. While this may seem like a more informal approach, there is still the threat of arrest if the police believe it is necessary, and information gathered during an interview under caution can be used in the same way as in an interview following arrest.
The events that take place during a police interview will play a significant role in how a criminal case is decided, so it is important that you receive the right legal advice at this time. Interviews conducted at a police station are recorded and will be relied upon at later stages in proceedings. The skill and advice of an experienced criminal lawyer are essential in negotiating this stage in the criminal process. Your lawyer will help you present your defence in the best way possible, in relation to the charges made against you.
At Wilford Smith, our elite Criminal Defence Solicitors are experts in establishing detailed strategies under pressure so you can be sure that you are receiving the best possible advice at this time.
Contact our Criminal Defence Solicitors Sheffield, Rotherham and London
Wilford Smith’s experienced Criminal Defence Solicitors are committed to providing a high-level service for our clients and achieving the best possible outcome in every case. Our team appears in court regularly, providing representation from the first hearing through to trial, and deals with a full range of cases including serious crime, road traffic and financial crime. We are available to our clients at all times – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – so you can receive the best possible legal advice as soon as you need it. Wilford Smith’s Criminal Defence Team takes pride in its reputation for unique representation, giving its clients a service that is exceptionally strategic and results driven. We attract the highest calibre barristers to provide support when necessary. We know how distressing a criminal investigation can be and will ensure that you are given sympathetic, straightforward advice as part of our client focused and highly personal service.
Contact our specialist Criminal Defence Team today on 01709 828044 to find out how we can help.
I would not hesitate to use Wilford Smith again and recommend their services to anyone - Mark W