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Criminal Defence Solicitors in Leicester

Being accused of a crime is highly distressing and confusing, especially if you have never been in trouble with the police before. Having expert advice and representation from the earliest stages of criminal proceedings is therefore essential to ensure your rights are protected and that you can achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

With decades of experience across our team, we are able provide expert advice and representation to ensure you have the best possible criminal defence at every stage of criminal investigation and any subsequent proceedings, from the initial police interview, through investigation, prosecution and appeals where required.

We regularly defend clients accused of everything from minor driving offences to the most serious types of criminal offences, including sexual offences, drug offences, fraud, child neglect, violent offences and terrorism offences.

We take a pragmatic and empathetic approach, making sure no detail or possible angle of your legal defence is overlooked, while also providing the personal support you need to deal with the emotional impact of facing criminal charges. In many cases, we are able to get charges dropped or negotiate a way of resolving the matter by a plea to a lesser or alternative offence or by an alternative disposal which avoids court proceedings altogether.

Our specialist Advocates regularly appear at the Crown Court defending matters before a jury as well as appearing at the Court of Appeal. In addition, our Advocates regularly advise clients on a range of civil hearings and appeals, including school admission and exclusion appeals, taxi licence appeals and defending trading standards investigations and prosecutions.

For advice and representation from our expert criminal defence solicitors in Leicester, please call now on 0116 255 4855 or 01530 610 312  or for general enquiries you can email

Our Leicester criminal defence solicitors’ expertise

We regularly advice clients in relation to the full range of criminal offences, including:

  • Driving offences
  • Fraud
  • Sexual offences
  • Drug offences
  • Child cruelty & neglect
  • Violent offences (e.g. assault, murder, manslaughter)
  • Public Order offences
  • Theft & burglary
  • Pervert the Course of Justice and other offences against public justice
  • Terrorism offences
  • Health & Safety Prosecutions
  • Trading Standards Prosecutions

Our criminal defence lawyers in Leicester have particular expertise in defending vulnerable people, including those with learning disabilities and autism.

Our Criminal Defence team includes:

  • Accredited police station representatives
  • Duty Solicitors (Police Station and Magistrates Court)
  • Members of the Solicitor’s Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)

We are accredited by the Law Society for Criminal Litigation.

Our criminal defence services in Leicester

Police station representation in Leicester

Our Criminal Defence team includes a number of Accredited Police Station Representatives, allowing us to offer 24/7 support for anyone arrested or interviewed by police in relation to all levels of criminal offences.

Legal representation for Magistrates’ Court proceedings

We regularly represent clients during hearings at Leicester & Loughborough Magistrates’ Court as well as other magistrates’ courts throughout England and Wales, so can provide experience, expert guidance through every stage of a proceedings.

Legal representation for Crown Court proceedings

With expert Advocates on our team we can represent clients at Leicester Crown Court and other Crown Court throughout England and Wales as well as at the Court of Appeal

Youth Court representation

We have specialist expertise in representing clients in Youth Court proceedings. We are experts in dealing with young people.

Vulnerable Adults in criminal proceedings

We are also specialists in dealing with vulnerable adults and those with Autism, learning difficulties or mental health issues. We are able to work with other professionals to ensure that vulnerable adults are able to effectively participate in criminal proceedings.

Advice and representation for appeals

We can advise you on the suitability of appealing the outcome of a criminal prosecution where appropriate and guide you through the appeals process.

Specialist advocacy for civil hearings and appeals

Our Solicitor Advocates regularly advise people in relation to non-criminal proceedings, including for school admissions and exclusions, and representing professionals in Fitness to Practise Hearings.

Fixed fee criminal defence representation for appeals and hearings

We are able to represent many of our clients at hearings and appeals on a fixed fee basis, depending on the level of assistance you require.

Where more extensive support is required, we will work to a pre-agreed hourly rate and ensure all chargeable work is agreed in advance, so you can always stay on top of the cost of your legal defence.

We can also advise you on the process of applying for a Representation Order (legal aid) for criminal prosecutions at Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court.

Contact our criminal defence lawyers in Leicester

Whether you need immediate police station representation or legal defence services for any other stage of criminal proceedings, our criminal defence solicitors in Leicester have the expertise you need.

For immediate advice and representation, please call 0116 255 4855 or 01509 610 312 now or more general enquiries, you can email