We're focused on your case being dismissed wherever possible before it reaches trial.
An assault case is an aggravation you do not need. But with the right approach, our assault solicitors can get the result you want.
This can mean being aggressive or even diplomatic on your behalf, but always being ready to cut through the prosecution case in court.
Why are assault cases so unpleasant?
Being accused of assault can be frustrating and even distressing if you’re on the receiving end. There is the worry about a police record or even a criminal conviction, and even whether you may risk going to prison. If any of these things can happen it can have an effect on your family, career or reputation.
Having to justify your actions or persuade people that you’re not to blame can lead to frustration. Just being accused of assault can also carry with it a stigma which is often completely undeserved. But most of all the stress of having to deal with this situation can be difficult. Not knowing the process, how you should behave towards the police, or what decisions to make at the police station interview or at court are all things which add to the burden.
Police mistakes and unfairness in the process
An assault allegation can be difficult to deal with because by the time the police have been called and the finger is pointed at you, it can seem like they have already made their minds up about what happened. This is a problem because it can result in the process starting and continuing against you in a way which is unfair. This can mean you end up trying to prove your innocence to a police officer who is working actively to get you charged and convicted.
From the time the police are called in, the odds are usually stacked against a suspect. People who are interviewed often don’t realise that the police aren’t simply neutral and independent as they sometimes claim. You discover that instead you need to be proactive in defending yourself, and not just rely on the professionalism and goodwill of police officers.
What steps should I take and who should I speak to?
With the right advice, a lot can be done to turn the odds in your favour. If you know at the interview stage whether you should be giving a full response or saying nothing, you will be able to improve your chances as a whole. Should I put forward an alibi? Should I disclose that it was self-defence? Should I say nothing until I know more? These are questions that specialist assault solicitors will be able to answer. With an expert legal team in place, your case can be presented at the police station or at court in a powerful way that puts you in a strong position. Having assault solicitors and barristers to prepare the case makes a difference. They will have excellent understanding and experience of the legal rules relating to, for example, ID, self defence, unintentional injury, and they will be able to discuss these with you, but also explain them clearly and effectively in court on your behalf so you have the best chance.
A selection of some of our solicitors' cases:
Not guilty verdict - client exonerated
Businessmen cleared after case thrown out of court.
Our clients were two local businessmen who were accused of attacking a taxi driver after an argument over the fare. They were found not guilty after trial. The case was thrown out by the judge after Mary Monson cross-examined the prosecution witness.CriminalAssault
How our assault solicitors get cases dropped and won
Our approach in an assault case is to provide extreme focus and care to your case from the very beginning. The advice we give you at the police station investigation stage is considered with you in detail. This gives you the best chance of the case getting dropped early, and if it continues, the best chance of a not guilty verdict. This is tailored to what you tell us you need, whether it is avoiding conviction, avoiding prison, or protecting your career.
From the beginning of the case until the end we’re the ones working to bring the pressure to the other side, not the other way round. They know that they are dealing with a properly prepared, expert team, and this can be an advantage when we negotiate with them for you. For trial we assemble a team of assault solicitors, barristers and if we need them forensic expert witnesses. If the money is available we are able to bring in a QC or the top level of barrister, in order to help put the result beyond doubt.
Dos and don'ts if you're facing an assault allegation
Do speak to one of our assault solicitors as soon as you can. We’re available 24/7 if you’re wanted by police or if you’re calling on behalf of someone in the police station right now. That includes weekends. One of our assault solicitors can speak to the officer to delay any interview until we’ve been able to meet with you and properly discuss what’s going on. If the case is already ongoing, phone us straight away or send us a message, and we can usually set up a call or meeting the same day to help you understand the next steps.
Don’t discuss it with anyone who could be a witness against you, especially the police. If you can, share the situation with a friend or family member who is unconnected with what’s going on so that you’re properly supported and have good advice throughout.
Don’t send any text messages which potentially create more evidence which could be used against you.
Don’t post anything on social media.
Exceptional win rate - 72% of our clients win their cases
Our criminal solicitors fight to win our clients’ cases and the proof is our results. Where a client doesn’t admit the allegation we win at trial or get the case dropped beforehand in 72% of cases.*
We listen carefully
We listen to you and treat your situation as if we were in your shoes. We don’t hire staff unless they have this mindset. Every case is supervised by one of the firm’s directors.
We investigate thoroughly
We do our own thorough investigation and find the best way to present your case to the police, to the prosecutor, or finally to the jury. This means phone, letters, and aggressive advocacy on your behalf at every stage.
Our criminal solicitors never give up
We never give up, and we fight until we get the result. That can mean early mornings, late nights, and commitment to go the extra mile.
* 72% of clients' cases resulted in case being discontinued at investigation or court stage, or not guilty verdict after trial. Data from all criminal clients between 02.2017 and 08.2019 - excludes cases where the client admitted the offence and chose to plead guilty.
No-tricks fixed-fee pricing
We can usually offer a fixed fee instalment plan so you can plan for the expense, and so you can fund your case in stages while it is continuing.
Once we have an idea of what kind of case you are facing and what work that will be necessary, we will then be able to provide you with a fixed fee quote. This means that you know before you commit how much your case will cost.
Representation at interview or court hearings
Analysing the evidence & investigating
Conferences with your lawyers
Negotiating with police or prosecutors
Free case review - what do I get and how does it work?
Free time with a lawyer
You get dedicated time with one of our specialist criminal solicitors on the phone or in person, with no obligation, for free.
When we’re talking with you, we promise to be always non-judgmental and sensitive to what you’re going through.
Our criminal solicitors start by asking you questions so we can understand what’s going on, and we listen carefully to what you tell us.
How long will my free case review last?
In more serious or difficult situations we may need an hour or two in person to go through things with you properly.
Less serious cases
In some cases which are less serious or complex, it may be ten or twenty minutes on the phone.
Unable to help
If it’s obvious straight away that we wouldn’t be able to help, we’ll tell you straight away and point you in the right direction to find lawyers who can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Will I have to go to court?
If the case is still being investigated by the police, it is not a foregone conclusion that it will go to court. You should be proactive to get a solicitor to try to stop this from happening before the decision is made. It is important not to just rely on the police seeing things in your favour.
Will I go to prison?
It depends on several factors. This may include how strong the evidence is, the seriousness of the offence, and any previous convictions. We would encourage getting in touch to discuss this.
Can I claim self-defence?
The law allows you to use reasonable force to defend yourself or someone else. Self defence must be proportionate, so it must not go further than is required by the situation. It also must be the only option. If you can avoid a situation by leaving, the law says that is what you must do.
I didn’t touch the person/didn’t cause any injury - how is that an assault?
An assault is behaviour that causes another person to fear that they will suffer immediate violence or ‘unlawful force’. Unlawful force can be as low level as unwanted contact and the contact doesn’t have to be made. Waving your fist so someone fears they are about to be assaulted is actually already an assault. ‘Assault by beating’ just means assault by touching. Spitting is also classed as an assault.
What is the difference between GBH and ABH?
GBH or Grievous Bodily Harm is a more serious offence, usually dealt with in the Crown Court (s.20 cases can also be heard in the Magistrates’ Court). GBH is split into s20 (without intent and less serious) and s.18 (with intent and more serious). ABH is assault resulting in Actual Bodily Harm, which means any injury however minor, and is less serious. It can be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, and is less likely to result in prison if the person is convicted.
Will the case be reduced to a lesser offence?
The prosecution will often charge a person with a more serious offence than there is evidence for. This is so that they have the option of reducing the charge later if the case reaches court.
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