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Criminal Investigation Solicitors
Our Criminal Investigation Solicitors are qualified professionals, with a proven track record when it comes to defending criminal allegations.
The stress and strain of a criminal investigation can be immense but you do not have to face it alone.
Clifford Johnston and Co. advises clients on how to respond to investigative interviews and helping with, what can often be, a confusing and complex legal system. With an incredible team of criminal defence solicitors ready to provide you with expert legal advice and support, we are here to represent your interests and your rights, every step of the way.
In the event that you are facing a criminal investigation, engaging the services of Clifford Johnston and Co. offers you the optimum chance of securing a positive outcome. Our Criminal Investigation Lawyers obtain results that speak for themselves, having seen us shortlisted as finalists for Crime Team of the year at the Manchester Legal Awards in both 2019 and 2020.
I’ve been asked to speak to the Police, do I need a Solicitor?
If you are suspected of committing a criminal offence, you will be interviewed under caution by the police and/or other relevant authority, including:
- Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
- The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
- Trading Standards
- The Environment Agency
When asked to attend an interview by the police or another investigating body, it is essential that you immediately instruct an experienced police investigation solicitor to help you prepare. Thorough and comprehensive planning is key and could make all the difference to the outcome of your case. Our solicitors will be able to advise you on the best way to respond to questioning and whether we advise you to answer questions, submit a prepared statement setting out your case or to remain silent and answer ‘no comment’ to all questions, will be based on your individual circumstances and the specific complexities of your case.
Although these interviews do not always result in criminal charges, it is important to realise that you are still under caution, that the interview will be recorded and that it may be used to gather evidence that could form part of a prosecution against you. It is vital therefore that you take swift and immediate action to ensure that you have a capable and skilled legal representative advising you from the outset.
What will happen after a criminal investigation interview?
Following your initial police interview, you will usually be released under investigation or bailed, which will give us the opportunity to work with you to analyse and consider further the case against you and to assess whether any of the points not already addressed can be resolved before criminal charges are brought.
We will examine and present any evidence and supporting material in your defence including:
- Communications such as texts and emails
- Online activity including social media
- Any available CCTV footage
- Medical notes
- Supporting witnesses
- Chronology and timeline of events
This is an essential stage in the work that we carry out on your behalf with the aim of protecting you from prosecution.
How does the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) decide whether to charge someone?
The Code for Crown Prosecutors, issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions, sets out the general principles Crown Prosecutors should follow when they make decisions on cases.
Is there enough evidence against the defendant?
When deciding whether there is enough evidence to charge, Crown Prosecutors must consider whether evidence can be used in court and is reliable and credible, and there is no other material that might affect the sufficiency of the evidence. Crown Prosecutors must be satisfied there is enough evidence to provide a “realistic prospect of conviction” against each defendant.
Is it in the public interest for the CPS to bring the case to court?
A prosecution will usually take place unless the prosecutor is sure that the public interest factors tending against prosecution outweigh those tending in favour.
Clifford Johnston’s involvement from the outset may make the difference between you being prosecuted and not, whether your criminal case may be facing a Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court hearing.
What happens if I am charged with an offence?
If criminal proceedings do take place, you can rest assured that you will have a team of solicitors in place who are able to provide you with the very best legal representation.
We possess an unrivalled commitment and dedication to ensuring that we build a strong and robust defence. We will liaise with all the relevant authorities on your behalf and will ensure that you are fully informed and updated throughout the process. We take a straight-forward and honest approach providing you with clear advice and a comprehensive understanding of your situation and the potential, subsequent implications.
We will use our in-depth technical knowledge and our impeccable attention to detail to skilfully formulate a strong and robust defence strategy.
We will firmly and vigorously represent you in court, to give you the best possible chance of a successful outcome.
How can I fund legal support for an investigation?
Access to high-quality legal support should not be limited by finances. We believe that everyone should have the right to the expertise of lawyers who can defend your right. Clifford Johnston & Co. offer the same, industry-leading expertise to all clients, whether they choose to use publicly and privately funded legal defence.
Depending on your specific situation, it’s possible we may be able to act for you under legal aid. If you’re unsure whether you are eligible for legal aid, or how to apply, contact us today.
Contact our Criminal Investigation Solicitors
At Clifford Johnston & Co. we have an impressive record of success which rightly brings us national recognition with regards to the ability of our Criminal Solicitors in helping clients avoid prosecution.
Our team of specialist Criminal Investigation Solicitors represent clients across the UK. Our results have made Clifford Johnston & Co. renowned by many as the criminal law firm of choice for all types of criminal defence, including a number of high profile cases.
We will work tirelessly to protect your livelihood, reputation and liberty.
We have offices across Stockport and Manchester. For affordable and cost-effective legal advice, contact us today.
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