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Police Station

Abbey Solicitors are able to defend you in the event you are remanded in Police custody. We are able to provide guidance 24/7 and our Lawyers can be contacted at any time to ensure immediate expert legal advice when you need it. Our client portfolio ranges from the homeless to high net worth individuals. We place our clients best interests at the heart of everything we do, using our wealth of strategic experience to get the best result from the worst situations.

We can provide advice while you are under arrest at a police station and support and assistance during any criminal proceedings which might follow. You will have the benefit of being represented by a first class defence team who has access to highly qualified experts. We will be meticulous in examining the prosecution case and preparing your defence. In the event that we wish to offer a ‘guilty’ plea we will prepare detailed mitigation on your behalf.

Magistrates/ Crown Court

Criminal cases can be heard either in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court. Every case starts in the Magistrates Court and the most serious cases end up in the Crown Court. It’s important to have expert representation as early as possible and the Solicitors at Abbey are able to provide you with this at the outset, guiding you through the legal proceedings and building a strong defence for you.

The most serious cases then end up in the Crown Court. Our Solicitors have experience defending a range of highly serious cases

Our services involving serious and complex crime include advice and representation on the following:

Asset Forfeiture, Confiscation Procedures & Restraint Orders

If you become the subject of asset forfeiture and seizures under the Proceeds of Crime Act, as an individual or a company, your affairs will be seriously affected. Furthermore, the assets of your business partners and family members may also be subjected to similar restraint or forfeiture.

This is to ensure that criminals do not benefit from their crimes. If you think you may be subject to such procedures or, as a third party, caught up through the action of others, it is important to seek legal advice if your interests are to be protected.

The penalties and consequences for the defendants and their associates can be as serious as the criminal proceedings. If you are subject to a pre-charge restraint order or your assets have been restrained while criminal proceedings take place, we can negotiate with the authorities to vary the order or apply for it to be discharged.

Our services include advice on the following:

Private and Legal Aid work

We undertake both private and legal aid work. After the initial consultation, if you decide to use our services, we can determine whether you are eligible for legal aid or if you must pay on a private fee basis.

If eligible for Legal Aid you will not be required to pay for your defence. The court will consider both your income and the seriousness of the offence in order to determine whether Legal Aid should be granted.

To acquire Legal Aid you must first make an application to the Magistrates Court. This can be broken down into the following two tests:

If you or your partner receive and income which is above £21,000 then you will not be eligible for Legal Aid. If you are single and your income is above £11,590 you will also not be entitled to Legal Aid. However, for both cases it may still be possible to make a claim, taking expenses into account.

If you require help applying for Legal Aid or are unsure if you qualify, get in touch with a member of our Criminal Defence team who will be able to work with you to support your claim.

Click here to speak to our experts in Criminal Defence to see how we can help you