#1 Criminal Defence Solicitors in Belfast

Have you been accused of a criminal offence? Were you arrested or face criminal charges? Being faced with accusations or charges can be extremely stressful. Our experienced criminal defence lawyers can help.

Being arrested, prosecuted, or investigated for a criminal offence can have an enormous impact on your personal and professional life. Even relatively minor allegations can have enormous and long-lasting consequences on your career, private life, and your liberty so it is important to have a good criminal defence.


How do our defence lawyers help?

Our criminal defence solicitors help to ensure that you get the best possible outcome. If you are charged or under investigation for a criminal offence then it is important to get the right legal advice early.

If you need to speak to one of our team then call us as soon as possible on 028 9002 2371 or contact us and we can call you back.

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Criminal Defence Expertise

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, Crown Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

We have a strong record of helping clients avoid charges, secure early acquittals, and win not guilty verdicts in court. Where conviction cannot be avoided we achieve reduced penalties.

Our experienced criminal defence solicitors understand that an arrest can be extremely stressful. We offer support and guidance to navigate this emotive time.

With Oracle Solicitors, you are in safe hands, we have a reputation as a leading criminal defence specialist.

Our criminal justice experts provide clear and sympathetic advice.

Whether you have been charged with something serious or minor we work tirelessly to defend your best interests and reputation.

Our highly experienced criminal defence solicitors offer:

  • 24/7 legal support
  • Representation across Northern Ireland, England and Wales
  • Accredited duty solicitors to support you during an interview
  • Clear, effective legal advice


Speak to our criminal defence lawyers in Belfast now

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.

You can also email:info@oraclesolicitors.co.uk or fill out our quick online enquiry form and we will get back to you quickly.

Frequently asked questions about criminal investigations and prosecutions

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 is unlikely to have specialist expertise in the specific offence you are suspected of committing. They are often less experienced lawyers.

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:

  • That they are police officers
  • That you are being arrested
  • What specific offence or offences you are believed to have committed
  • Why it is necessary for your arrest
  • That you are not free to leave

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.”

When arresting you, police have the power to:

  • Search you
  • Use 'reasonable force' if you resist arrest, try to escape or become violent
  • Handcuff you if the arresting officer feels this is appropriate

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:

  • You are released with no further action
  • You are released under investigation
  • You are detained in custody
  • You are charged with a specific offence

If you are charged with an offence:

  • A hearing date is set
  • You either are:
    • Released on bail
    • Kept in custody until your court hearing

Please note, if you are released under investigation or with no further action, you can be rearrested or summonsed to attend a court hearing.

Under current UK law, the police have the right to access the data in your phone where they have reasonable grounds to believe it contains evidence related to an offence.

The Information Commissioners Office has recently released a report into Mobile Phone Data Extraction by the Police in Northern Ireland. The report outlines a series of recommendations for changes in the use of mobile phone data extraction.

The report does not state that the police should not use data extraction but does outline that assessments on cases should be made.

If you have had your mobile phone data extracted during arrest our solicitors can advise you on your rights.

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 responsibly 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.

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.

You may qualify for Legal Aid funding but if not then we offer options of fixed fee or hourly rates.

If a fixed fee, then the criminal defence specialist sets out the work covered within the 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 for our work.

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At Oracle Solicitors, our criminal defence team provide expert legal advice and representation for both individuals and businesses.

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