Serious Crime Solicitors
When it comes to defending allegations of serious crime, Clifford Johnston & Co. has a proven track record of success.
Renowned across the industry for achieving consistently excellent results, we will provide you with exceptional legal representation, working diligently to build a strong and effective defence. Our Serious Crime team form an integral part of our Manchester Criminal Defence Solicitors team
This may be an overwhelming and anxious time but we are here to offer our support and expertise and will treat you with the utmost respect and understanding at all times. We will work tirelessly on your behalf with a dedication that is second to none.
We are aware that a criminal conviction may have life-changing consequences. We have the knowledge and skills to help. No matter how serious the offence, we are well equipped to defend your rights. We will guide you through each stage of the process and discuss your options, defence strategy and advise you on the possible outcomes.
For cost-effective, legal advice contact our criminal defence experts today.
Our considerable expertise in criminal defence has seen us shortlisted as finalists for Crime Team of the year at the Manchester Legal Awards in both 2019 and 2020.
Serious Crimes and their penalties
Serious crimes tend to incur more severe penalties than other crimes including significant custodial sentences and large fines. It is imperative that, if you are facing such an allegation, you seek immediate legal advice.
Serious crimes include:
Drugs offences including supply, production, importation and exportation are taken extremely seriously and often result in significant custodial sentences. The maximum sentence, for example, for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply is life imprisonment.
Serious Fraud Convictions generally involve large custodial sentences and may also involve the freezing of assets belonging to the accused, or confiscation orders being issued as part of the legislative process laid out by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). This act allows enforcement agencies to recover money accumulated as a result of the crime.
Serious Fraud cases are usually investigated by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), but other agencies such as the National Crime Agency (NCA) or even counter-terrorism teams could be involved. SFO investigations are extremely robust and thorough. Investigations (and court cases for that matter) can endure for prolonged periods of time. This is often due to the complex nature of the fraud committed which may include transfers and movements of large amounts of monies (often cross border), hence Fraud investigations can be particularly sophisticated. Find out more about our Serious Fraud Solicitors.
Human trafficking offences are covered by the Modern Slavery Act (2015) and can result in lengthy custodial sentences, including life imprisonment along with large financial penalties.
Manslaughter and Murder
Causing the death of another person carries serious consequences including lengthy prison sentences with the sentence for murder being life imprisonment.
This is a serious crime. A person is guilty of robbery if he steals, and immediately before or at the time of doing so, and in order to do so, he uses force on any person or puts or seeks to put any person in fear of being then and there subjected to force. It includes everything from street robbery/mugging to business and commercial robbery The maximum penalty for robbery is life imprisonment.
Assault and Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)
Most serious assault offences are committed contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act (1861) and can carry severe penalties, the maximum of which is life imprisonment. Depending on the severity of the assault it can be dealt with either in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court.
The term sexual offence encompasses many crimes including sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, grooming and exploitation. Offences of this nature are taken extremely seriously by the police and the courts and may attract significant sentences of imprisonment including life in prison.
Speak to one of our Sexual Offence Solicitors if you are facing allegations of current or historical sex crimes
This is a complex and ever-changing area of law and includes a wide range of offences including the promoting, funding and preparation of terrorist acts, training for acts of terrorism, the making or possession of devices or materials and making terrorist threats all of which can attract lengthy custodial sentences.
How can our Serious Crime Solicitors help?
If you have been accused of or are under investigation for a serious crime, we urge you to contact us without delay. We are here to secure you the best possible outcome and have the expertise and specialism necessary to build an effective and robust defence on your behalf. We possess an attention to detail that ensures that we gather all the necessary evidence and documentation to support your case. We will provide you with tailored advice based on your individual circumstances. We take a straight-forward, jargon-free approach and will provide you with a clear and comprehensive understanding of your situation.
We can represent you at all stages of the proceedings including:
- Police station attendance and investigations
- Securing bail on your behalf
- Thorough preparation of your defence for trial at Court
- Providing you with first-class representation in both the Magistrates and Crown Court
- Helping with the appeals process where necessary
We take great pride in working towards a successful conclusion for all our clients and will do everything in our power to achieve the very best result.
Contact the Serious Crime Defence team today
By choosing to work with us you will have an exceptional team fighting your corner.
For affordable and cost-effective legal advice contact our Criminal Solicitors in Manchester or our Serious Crime Lawyers in Stockport today.