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Criminal Defence Solicitors in Leicester and Loughborough
Renowned for success in the Criminal Courts
At Johnson Astills we understand that anyone can find themselves accused of a crime. We offer expert legal advice and support to those facing a criminal investigation, whatever the allegations.
Our Crime Team have a wealth of experience in criminal investigations and before the Criminal Courts. We can represent you throughout any investigation, whether it be by police, HMRC, local councils or regulatory bodies, from interview at the Police Station through to the Crown Court, and, if necessary, in the higher appeal courts.
We provide a 24 hour service for police station interviews and out of hours court hearings, so we can help you when you need us most. Get in touch as soon as possible to discuss your case with us.
Our team, headed by Helen Johnson a Higher Court Advocate, with over 25 years’ experience, have the skills to represent you whatever your matter.
Our expertise ranges from petty theft and motoring offences, to white collar crimes and fraud, to high profile drug-related cases through to murder and terrorism. Our team of accredited Police Station Representatives, Higher Court Advocates can represent you from the Police station to the Magistrates’ and the Crown Court, without the need to instruct a barrister, so you can have consistency of representation throughout your case.
We undertake both Legal Aid and privately paid work. We can advise you depending on your circumstances whether you are eligible for legal aid, or we can offer privately paid representation with fixed fee options to suit your needs and payments on an instalment basis to help you manage the cost.
If you’re facing arrest or have been invited to the police station for a voluntary interview under caution, do not speak to the police without first speaking to one of our criminal defence solicitors as anything you do say could be used against you as evidence during a criminal prosecution. You are entitled to free legal advice whilst at the police station.
How our Criminal Defence Solicitors in Leicester & Loughborough can help you
Our criminal defence lawyers can advise and represent you in relation to investigations and prosecutions for all criminal offences, including:
- Murder and Manslaughter
- Driving offences such as speeding and drink or drug driving
- Sexual allegations including Rape and Sexual Assaults
- Assault and battery
- Criminal Damage
- Drugs offences
- Business Crime
- Professional Conduct
- Regulatory Defence
Our extensive expertise means we have a strong success rate of getting our clients released without charges being brought or acquitted at trial.
Our team includes accredited Police Station Representatives, Duty Solicitors, and Higher court Advocates, so we can represent you consistently at all stages of the criminal justice system, including police interviews, Magistrates’ Court proceedings, Crown Court proceedings, Youth Court proceedings, and appeals at all court levels. We also represent vulnerable adults, for example, people with learning difficulties or mental health issues.
We’ll quickly become acquainted with the details of your case and take proactive steps to defend your legal rights and build you a robust defence strategy.
We understand how distressing facing criminal proceedings can be. You may be facing the loss of your liberty, hefty fines, and a criminal record which could impact your life and job prospects for years. However, we’ll use the entire breadth of our legal knowledge and experience to minimise any damage to your life. With us by your side, you’ll have the best possible chance of achieving a positive outcome.
Advocates are not just for criminal offences, we have an experienced advocacy team who can assist you with many kinds of hearings and appeals including:
- Taxi Licence appeals at the Magistrates’ Court
- Trading Standard interviews and prosecutions
- Hearings in relation to the Security Industry authorities
- School Admissions appeals
- School Exclusion hearings
Any of these can be daunting but, with a Johnson Astills Advocate on your side, you can be sure that your case will be presented in the best possible light.
Fixed fees for most appeals and hearings
To remove some of your financial uncertainty, we can offer fixed fees for most appeals and hearings, depending on the level of assistance you require.
Why choose Johnson Astills Criminal Defence Solicitors in Leicester & Loughborough
At Johnson Astills, we provide practical solutions to real-world legal problems. We take a proactive approach to criminal law cases; the moment you instruct us we’ll leap into action to defend your rights and build you a robust defence strategy.
Our clients’ liberty, reputation, and integrity are our greatest priority. We aim to bring criminal proceedings to a close as soon as possible, minimising any risk of damage to your personal and professional life.
We’ve been awarded the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation in recognition for our skills as well as the Lexcel legal practice quality mark for our client-centred approach and excellent legal practice management.
Our Criminal Law Team has a wide range of skills and qualifications rarely seen at other firms and includes Police Station Representatives, Duty Solicitors, and Higher Court Advocates who can represent you at all stages of the criminal justice system. This ensures a high level of consistency throughout your case.
Johnson Astills is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).