Criminal Litigation

Facing criminal charges can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Uncertainty, fear, and a sense of injustice can cloud judgement, making it crucial to seek expert legal guidance. At Richardson Lissack, we understand the complexities of criminal litigation and are committed to standing by your side every step of the way.

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What is Criminal Litigation?

Criminal litigation encompasses the legal process involved in defending individuals accused or under investigation for a criminal offence(s). This process usually begins with a police investigation and sometimes arrest, and extends through court proceedings, potential appeals, and post-conviction matters. Our team of experienced criminal lawyers possesses the knowledge and expertise to navigate this complex legal landscape, ensuring your rights are protected and your best interests are served.

Our Approach to Criminal Defence:

We believe in a client-focussed approach, building trust and understanding your individual circumstances. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and explain the legal options available. Our core values of transparency, communication, and unwavering commitment guide us throughout the process.

Stages of Criminal Litigation:

  • Pre-charge: If you are suspected of a crime but haven’t been formally charged, our lawyers can advise you on your rights and ensure you are treated fairly during police interviews.
  • Police Station/formal interview under caution: We can accompany you to the police station and ensure your rights are respected throughout the questioning process. We can also advise you on whether to answer questions and how to protect your interests.
  • Magistrates’ Court: Although all criminal prosecutions start in a Magistrates’ Court, if charged with a lower/less serious offence, your case will probably continue to be heard and conclude in the Magistrates’ Court. We will represent you in court, advise on plea, and negotiate with the prosecution for the best possible outcome.
  • Crown Court: More serious offences are heard in the Crown Court, and if contested, a trial is before a jury. We can build a robust defence strategy based on your instructions, gather evidence, instruct a barrister where necessary, and represent you throughout the trial process.
  • Sentencing: In the event of a guilty plea/conviction, we can help mitigate the sentence and explore a potential appeal where applicable or alternative sentencing options.
  • Post-conviction: We can assist with matters such as parole applications, sentence reviews, and challenges to wrongful convictions.

Our Areas of Expertise:

  • Violent Crimes: Assault, murder, manslaughter, robbery, and other violent offences.
  • Drug Offences: Possession, supply, and production of controlled substances.
  • Fraud and White-Collar Crime: Fraud, money laundering, and financial crime.
  • Sexual Offences: Rape, sexual assault, and other sexual offences.
  • Driving Offences: Speeding, drink driving, and other driving offences.
  • Youth Offenses: Representing minors charged with criminal offenses.

Why Choose Richardson Lissack?

  • Proven Track Record: We have a history of successful outcomes for our clients, achieving dismissals, reduced charges, and favourable sentences.
  • Experienced Team: Our team of dedicated and passionate lawyers possesses extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and a commitment to achieving the best possible results for our clients.
  • Client-Centred Approach: We prioritise communication and transparency, ensuring you are informed and involved throughout the process.
  • 24/7 Availability: We understand that legal emergencies can arise at any time, and we are available 24/7 to provide immediate assistance.

Facing criminal charges can be stressful and complex. Don’t navigate this storm alone. Contact us today for a consultation and let our experienced team stand by your side every step of the way.

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