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Being arrested, prosecuted, or investigated for a criminal offence can have a huge impact on your personal and professional life. Even relatively minor allegations can have enormous and long-lasting consequences on your career, private life, and liberty so it is important to have a good criminal defence. Our experienced criminal defence lawyers can help.
If you are charged or under investigation for a criminal offence, then it is important to get the right legal advice early.
Our criminal defence lawyers provide professional advice so that you know your rights to best defend any claim brought against you. We provide the highest service in all aspects of your case for any offence you may face.
At Oracle Solicitors, our specialist criminal lawyers in Belfast have worked on many high-profile cases. They have earnt an excellent reputation and track record of success in defending clients at the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court and Crown Court.
We have a strong record of securing early acquittals and winning not guilty verdicts in court. Where convictions cannot be avoided, we achieve reduced penalties.
Our experienced criminal defence experts understand that an arrest can be extremely stressful. We offer support and guidance to navigate this emotive time.
Our criminal justice experts provide clear and sympathetic advice.
Whether you have been charged with something serious or minor we work diligently to defend your best interests and reputation
Our highly experienced criminal defence team offer:
So, whether you are being accused of an offence, have been arrested, charged, released on bail or under investigation, or if you are simply worried about your legal position, please get in touch with our specialist criminal defence solicitors as soon as possible.
For a free initial consultation on your legal position and the available options, please call 028 9002 2371.
Whether you are at the police station or in court, we know that it is vital you receive the right advice and support from specialised criminal solicitors at the earliest possible opportunity.
You are entitled to free legal representation if you are arrested or interviewed under caution by police.
You have the option of being represented by a ‘duty solicitor’, who is available to represent anyone. However, a duty solicitor may not have specialist expertise in the specific offence you are suspected of committing.
We recommend choosing your own legal representative, allowing you to select an experienced criminal defence solicitor with particular expertise in dealing with the types of charges you are facing. This gives you the best chance of defending your case.
Our dedicated criminal defence lawyers are ready and available to act in your defence.
We guide you throughout the process with clear, straight forward advice that helps you understand your situation, rights, options and possible outcomes.
We work hard to provide the best defence strategy to ensure your rights are defended.
As a testament to our strong commitment to client care and focus, much of our work comes from referrals and recommendations from clients who have been satisfied with our legal services.
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When you are arrested, the arresting officers must tell you:
They must also caution you using the words:
“You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”
Following an arrest, you are normally transferred to a police station, held in custody (in a cell) and interviewed.
Following a police interview, one of the following happens:
If you are charged with an offence, a hearing date is set.
You either are:
Please note, if you are released under investigation or with no further action, you can be rearrested or summonsed to attend a court hearing.
When applying for jobs, you are normally asked to provide information about your criminal record. If you are required to take a DBS check as part of your application, certain criminal convictions may affect your employment.
If you are unsure about your legal responsibility for disclosing a criminal conviction to an employer or potential employer, please take a look at the government’s guide to telling people about your criminal record. Or alternatively, contact us today for legal advice.
We offer an initial free consultation. Once we have examined your case, we provide a detailed action plan with a quote for our fees. Every case is unique and therefore we cannot quote until we have analysed your specific situation. Please see our fees for motoring offences here.
You may qualify for Legal Aid funding but if not then we offer options of fixed fee or hourly rates.
If a fixed fee, the criminal defence specialist set out the work covered within that fee.
If you are in receipt of benefits or your income means that you are unable to afford to pay for a lawyer, you may qualify for Legal Aid. Contact us if you think you may qualify for legal aid and we can apply on your behalf.
Where Legal Aid is not available, we quote a competitive fixed price or hourly rate for our work.
We can also advise on charges of:
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