• Criminal Law

    CRIMINAL LAW

    When it comes to defending criminal charges, our solicitors are known for their diligence in work carried out following instructions from clients. We understand that in matters such as these, the stakes are often high, and as such constant reassurance is needed by clients, and to that effect, our success rate speaks for itself.

    Police station representation

    We regularly represent our clients at Police Stations. We know how important it is that you are well represented. Prime Solicitors has a reputation for well-prepared, high quality work. Our case building excellence is based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system and the ability to assemble first-rate evidence and documentation. We also secure the services of experts of the highest quality to ensure that we get the best possible outcome for our clients. We are also able to advice on appeals against conviction or sentence.

    Representation at court

    We regularly represent our clients at Magistrates Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Our clients know they can rely on a prompt and effective service, and many use our services time and again.

    We are highly experienced in the often very technical issues raised in road traffic offences, serious and minor cases and aim to achieve the best po0ssible outcome for you.

    Confiscation

    A confiscation order is made after a person has been convicted. The legislation is probably the most draconian ever. The relevant legislation is Part II of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 referred to as POCA, as to all cases post 24 March 2003. Prior to this the law is slightly more favourable and is still sometimes relevant. A confiscation order is made after conviction, the purpose being to ensure a defendant cannot benefit from the proceeds of crime. The legislation is draconian insofar as assessing the amount of benefit a defendant has obtained the court is entitled to make a number of assumptions, for example in some circumstances the court may conclude that all income and expenditure in the preceding six years amounts to the proceeds of crime. Once the court has assessed the amount of benefit received from the offence – which can often lead to a form of double accounting – it must make a confiscation order for that amount unless the defendant satisfies the court that the value of their realisable assets is lower than the benefit figure.