Frequently asked questions
What does a criminal lawyer do?
A criminal lawyer helps defend individuals or businesses suspected or charged with a criminal offence. It is their job to gather the facts of the case, advise you on the best strategy and likely outcomes, protect your legal rights, and support you through every stage of the legal process.
When do I need a criminal lawyer?
If you are accused of a criminal offence by the police, you should immediately seek advice from a solicitor. It’s crucial to speak to a solicitor before a police interview and to have a solicitor on hand to represent and support you throughout the interview. This helps to protect your rights and ensures you have access to legal advice specific to your case.
What classifies as a criminal offence?
Any act that violates the law can be classified as a criminal offence and punished by the justice system. In the UK, criminal offences are split into three types: summary offences, either way offences, and indictable only offences. They differ based on the severity of the crime, ranging from the minor (summary offences) to the most serious (indictable only).