Criminal Defence Solicitors

Our criminal defence solicitors are here to fight your corner and to ensure the best possible outcome for you in police or court proceedings. Based in Manchester, and with several offices in the city centre, Sale, and Altrincham, we can help any individuals all across the North West.

Being investigated or charged by the police for a criminal offence is a daunting prospect for anyone – regardless of the circumstances.

We have successfully represented thousands of defendants, always offering straightforward legal advice at every turn.

Many of our clients have no prior experience in dealing with the police or court proceedings and are therefore looking to rely on the support of a senior lawyer, making us a natural choice for those who do not wish to rely on legal aid.

The personal service and technical expertise offered by our criminal defence solicitors is second to none.

We’re here to listen to your situation and weigh up every available option before moving forward on your best course of action.

You can rest assured that your case will always be handled by an experienced lawyer.

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A complete range of criminal law support

As a full-service department, our criminal defence solicitors in Manchester advise on all aspects of investigations and the criminal justice system. We have seen it all, and so you can rest assured that you are in capable hands.

We have worked with clients across the whole spectrum, and there is no allegation too big or too small for us to help you through. Our team’s experience spans from minor speeding and motoring offences to the most serious of allegations, including assault, robbery, fraud, money laundering, extradition, drug-related offences, sexual offences, GBH, murder and manslaughter.

Whether you have been invited to a voluntary police interview, are facing arrest, or are unsure whether to plead guilty to an allegation, you can trust our team to weigh up all options and fight for the best possible outcome for you.

Peace of mind when you need it most

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service for every client we represent and easing the burden of stress wherever possible. Our solicitors are more than happy to arrange an initial consultation at our offices across Greater Manchester, or from another location that suits you. We also offer a call-out service for those detained in police custody.

Please note that we do not offer our services through legal aid. There are several reasons, which are explained in our FAQs below.

Contact our specialists

If you’re facing police investigation or criminal charges then it’s essential to seek the advice from an experienced criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible. By acting early, we can build the strongest possible case in your favour.

Our criminal defence team comes highly recommended by our clients. Check out what they have to say on Review Solicitors. Rachel Fletcher, who heads up the team, is brilliant at getting results for her clients, all while being approachable, understanding, and going above and beyond.

You can contact our team today on 0161 969 3131, or simply fill in our online contact form to arrange an initial consultation.

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  • What is legal aid and am I entitled to it?
  • Should I apply for legal aid or fund my case privately?
  • What happens to fees if I am found ‘not guilty’?

Client Satisfaction

“Rachel, with her passion and knowledge, worked commendably to uncover the falsity of allegations against me. She got transcripts from the Police and then began compilling all the evidence and witness statements in order to disprove the allegations.

She raised insurmountable defence and prepared me for the trial. I was totally impressed that no stone was left unturned to fight my case. Moreover, with Rachel’s proficiency, I was found not guilty at the first trial. Rachel was not just focused on the case but was very empathetic, for which I will always be grateful!

If it was not for Rachel then I may have lost my job and my otherwise spotless record may have been tarnished. Most importantly winning this case will greatly enhance my ability to establish contact with my son sooner than expected.”

Rebecca Penfold successfully defended two clients facing multiple allegations of assaulting emergency workers (police officers) before Manchester Crown Court. Rebecca argued that the Police had unlawfully entered the family home, in breach of PACE. The CPS did not resist the application to dismiss, offering no evidence on all counts. It was noted that the accounts in the Police witness statements were not supported by defence video footage, and that the defendants had the right to take action to end the trespass and respond proportionately to the assault and false imprisonment that they were unlawfully subject to by the Police. One defendant has suffered ‘life-changing injuries’ and Police complaint proceedings are ongoing before the IOPC.

Rebecca was instructed by Rachel Fletcher and Hannah Costley of Slater Heelis solicitors.

Meet the team

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members on 0161 969 3131

Related Services

Police Station Representation

If you’ve been summoned to a police station or arrested by a police officer, we can provide valuable, straightforward advice and representation throughout any interviews or questioning. Our team is available 24 hours a day.

Cyber Crime

The rise of digital technologies has led to an increase in cyber crime, which are often prosecuted with new and complex laws. Our team can help.

Business Crime

If you or your company is under scrutiny for business-related crime, such as fraud or health and safety breaches, then find out more about how we can defend your case.

Useful Resources

Legal fees & court costs Learn more about the costs associated with criminal proceedings.

You have been caught speeding, what happens now? – If you’ve been caught speeding, this guide explains what you can expect to happen next and what the defence process will entail.

Should you tell your lawyer if you’re accused of a criminal act? – If you’re wondering whether you’re obligated to tell your employer once you are accused of committing a crime, this guide has the answer.

Should I plead guilty or not guilty to an allegation? – We explain what happens when you plead guilty or not guilty in court, and the impact each plea has.

What to do if you are arrested – We review the steps you should follow immediately after being arrested.