Getting the case dropped requires a specialist approach
In public order cases where there has been no injury or property damage, it is very often a possibility that the police or the prosecution can be persuaded to drop the case. The public order act solicitors need to have a perfect handle on the evidence, including where the gaps are in the prosecution case. The prosecution are more likely to negotiate when they have been persuaded that they have a weak case.
The defence team also needs to know if any aspect of the client’s personal or professional life makes him or her more vulnerable if convicted. This can be a powerful tool in getting the case dropped.
If the case reaches trial
The defence team need to have already discussed in detail with the client exactly what happened and have considered why prosecution witnesses or police may be lying, and how the client’s behaviour at the time could be considered proportionate and reasonable. The public order act solicitors will need to have witnesses ready to give evidence.
This includes the client, who must be aware of the areas in his or her evidence that the prosecution will focus on. It also includes defence witnesses who were there and who can say what happened, and character witnesses who can say that the behaviour that has been alleged is not consistent with the person they know, especially if racism is alleged. A client with no previous convictions should be given the benefit of the doubt. The public order act solicitor has to make that point forcefully.