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No previous convictions solicitors

Being investigated for a criminal offence is often a shock, but if you have no experience of the criminal justice system you are at an even bigger disadvantage.

We believe that someone who has never been convicted should not be more vulnerable than anyone else because they're inexperienced in this situation.

Our lawyers provide a tailored approach to each client, making sure they are supported, respected, fully in the loop, and get the best possible result to protect their career, reputation and liberty.

People with no convictions have a lot to lose and can feel more stress

Being accused of a criminal offence when you have no experience of the justice system is especially difficult.

One reason for this is that you find yourself in an unknown situation which the general experience you have in life doesn't prepare you for. It can seem as if everyone around you is acting as if this is a completely normal situation. Police often casually use words in connection with your actions that you may never have thought you would experience, such as 'suspect', 'crime', 'offence' or 'victim'.

On top of all that, if you've never been accused of an offence before, the fear of being convicted can hit you much harder.

People can be worried about career and future job prospects. This can lead to worry about supporting family members or about letting them down by being convicted.

The reputation damage caused by a case can't be measured in years or in financial terms, but it is still very real, and if prison is a possibility, the stress can be even worse.

The system doesn't make allowances for first timers - but it should

Everything is harder if you face a criminal case for the first time. The emotions are just more intense. Anger, disbelief, shock, vulnerability, fear - these can all lead to frustration and a feeling of helplessness.

Not understanding a problem can lead a person to speculate that it might be worse than it is. This is unhealthy and also illogical, but when it combines with all the other negative emotions it can cause sleepless nights or interfere with mental health.

Knowing what exactly you should tell family so they don't suffer unnecessarily, or employers or other people you have a responsibility to are also not straightforward questions.

Professionals and other vulnerable people often don't get treated appropriately for the first time in the justice system, but being sensitive with people isn't special treatment. It's just fair.

Even lawyers sometimes don't understand that a person with a reputation to protect can be more vulnerable than someone who has been in trouble before.

There are ways through that won't harm you if you know what to ask for

You don't have to feel like you are stuck in a process which is headed towards you being convicted. Experts who specialise in defending people with no previous convictions are available to you.

First, they will listen to you to find out what is going on. This also means understanding your concerns, and your exact professional and personal worries.

They will be able to advise you on which possible outcomes in the case will damage you, and which kind will not harm you. Some professionals will be badly affected if they receive even a police caution, whereas others such as those working in finance have to avoid convictions for dishonesty.

A criminal lawyer who advises professionals and people with no previous convictions will know what advice to give to different clients, and how to successfully negotiate the outcome with police, with prosecutors and with the court. This way the person's livelihood and reputation can be kept intact.

We offer a tailored approach which gets results and protects clients

If you come to us and you have no previous convictions, we class your case as high-priority. This means that you are treated as a special case until your case is over.

This automatically means that extra care will be taken to explain what's going on, and also what's likely to happen so you aren't at a disadvantage over others in this situation.

We tailor our strategy to you and what you tell us needs to happen for the result to feel like a success. If this means a non-criminal outcome such as a community resolution so that your career is intact then we aim for that. If it means a not-guilty verdict so that your name is cleared then our investigation and preparation are focused on that outcome.

We also bring in key members to the team to improve your prospects. This can mean bringing in a QC barrister to proactively advise on strategy and to speak in court.

We take every opportunity to bring an early end to the case, pushing for your case to be discontinued by the police or CPS.

Do's and don'ts which will help you make the right decisions

  • Don't assume that everything will be fine just by trusting the police. Police don't usually have the time or motivation to go out of their way to help you. At best, they will only process you, and they are often focused on trying to get a suspect convicted.

  • Don't under any circumstances discuss the case with police officers except through lawyers. Whatever you say, even on the phone, could be noted down as evidence against you, even if you don't agree that this is what you actually said.

  • Do call us and speak for free to one of our specialist lawyers who defend clients with no previous convictions. At the very least you will understand more about what is going on.

  • Don't try to contact the complainant for any reason. This can backfire and result in a more serious case against you.

  • Do your research and find a lawyer who you think will treat your case seriously and want to help.

  • Don't despair. With the right advice and representation, many cases can be beaten before they reach court.

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.

Private representation

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.

What's included

  • Representation at interview or court hearings

  • Analysing the evidence & investigating

  • Conferences with your lawyers

  • Negotiating with police or prosecutors

Fixed fee from

£4000+ VAT

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.

Non-judgmental listening

When we’re talking with you, we promise to be always non-judgmental and sensitive to what you’re going through.

Expert opinion

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?

Serious cases

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.

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