- How can my case be funded?
Fortunately HBJW has a criminal franchise contract with the legal services commission. This means provided you are eligible, all of our work can be funded by legal aid. Legal aid is means tested and your eligibility will depend upon your financial circumstances. It may sometimes be the case that legal aid is granted but the applicant must contribute towards it with monthly payments.
- Who will represent me at court?
In the magistrates court members of our criminal team will represent you. In higher courts the head of our criminal team David Coles is able to represent you. That said HBJW maintain close professional links with local barrister’s chambers and are ably assisted by barristers of the highest quality who are able to represent you. If you are legal aid funded the barristers fees will also be covered.
- Why do I need a solicitor in the police station?
This is a question the criminal team often face. When an individual is arrested the police and custody staff must perform their duties in accordance with a set of rules contained in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act Codes of Practice. This sets out such details as the amount of time someone can be held in custody and the treatment that they should receive whilst in custody. Our accredited representatives have an excellent knowledge of these vast rules and are able to ensure that you are dealt with properly and fairly whilst detained at the police station.
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