Following charge, you will be given a court date and either granted bail, which means you will retain your freedom but may be subject to bail conditions, or remanded in custody to prison.
If you are remanded in custody you will be entitled to a bail application. We can ensure that experienced counsel attends court, and presents an application, to the judge on your behalf. This may be done in open court but is often done ‘in chambers’ and referred to as ‘a judge in chambers’ bail application.
Even if you choose to plead guilty to the allegations you face, you will still need to be represented at your sentencing hearing. We can arrange for experienced counsel to mitigate powerfully on your behalf, and to seek to persuade the court to pass the least serious sentence possible.
In both the Magistrates’ and the Crown Court, if you plead not guilty then your case will proceed to a trial. Once you are informed that you are to face criminal trial, the reality is that you will probably feel overwhelmed, and that the whole experience will be daunting and traumatic. You will need a great deal of support, that we can provide, and you will need the input of an experienced trial advocate. We can find you a Barrister who can assist with every aspect of the trial process, from the law and procedure, to evidence, and tactical considerations.
We will arrange for experienced trial counsel to assist you with matters such as the drafting of your defence statement, the admissibility of evidence, the drafting of written skeleton arguments for the court, interview editing proposals, dealing with hearsay applications and/or bad character applications, potential abuse of process arguments, obtaining statements from defence witnesses, obtaining documents in support of your defence, and gathering evidence generally, issues relating to expert witnesses, helping you to prepare to give evidence and working with you to prepare cross examination of the prosecution witnesses.