People who are arrested are automatically entitled to free legal advice and representation from a criminal defence solicitor during police interview under caution.
Legal Aid is not granted automatically to pay for legal costs if a case goes to a Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court – the Legal Aid Agency will only grant public funding for a criminal case automatically if the defendant’s income is £12,475 or less.
Legal Aid is means tested – and public funding for a criminal case will also depend on the merits of a case and whether the defendant is likely to receive a custodial sentence. Generally, the more serious the charge and the higher the risk of a defendant being convicted and given a jail term, the more likely it is that Legal Aid will be awarded.
Duncan Lewis believes that everyone should have access to affordable legal services –and in cases where a client is not eligible for Legal Aid to pay for the costs of defending criminal charges, Duncan Lewis offers several options to make defending a case affordable.
Fixed Fees for criminal defence – Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can discuss a fixed fee arrangement with clients for certain types of criminal cases
Competitively priced hourly rates for criminal defence – In criminal cases where it may not be possible to offer a fixed fee arrangement, Duncan Lewis will agree an hourly fee with a client, which will usually be a highly competitive rate
After the event insurance for criminal defence – In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
It is always advisable to contact Duncan Lewis as soon as possible to discuss any criminal charges which may be brought, so that the options for private fee paying clients can be discussed and funding put in place as early as possible.
Duncan Lewis criminal defence solicitors always advise clients in advance of any fees or additional costs.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in criminal cases, including highly technical and complex road traffic cases, as well as serious crime.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious matters such as murder and rape.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing criminal charges from the pre-investigation stage of a charge onwards – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on criminal charges.
For 24/7 help at a police station in England and Wales, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
All Duncan Lewis crime lawyers are police station representatives and can advise on criminal charges even before a charge is brought, when errors or misjudgements may occur and prejudice the outcome of a case for a client.
Clients should get in touch as soon as possible if it is likely they may face criminal charges or a criminal investigation, including charges relating to mooring offences, theft, sexual offences, serious crime and white collar crime or fraud, violent crime and criminal charges relating to terrorism offences.
Once a hearing is scheduled at a Magistrates’ Court, Duncan Lewis will prepare a case thoroughly to make sure that the outcome is in the client’s best interests whenever possible, including advising defendants on Crown Court representation for indictable offences.
Duncan Lewis can advise even before a police investigation is launched or charges brought – call us now on 020 7923 4020 to discuss funding options for private client criminal cases.