Criminal defence solicitors

If you have been accused of a criminal offence, or placed under police arrest, our expert criminal defence solicitors and legal representatives can provide immediate legal advice and representation.

We are here to support you at the police station, and if necessary, represent you at the Magistrates Courts and Crown Courts both locally and nationally. Police station representation from one of our specialised criminal defence solicitors and representatives is almost always free of charge. Should a charge or proceedings follow then, where a client is eligible, we will make an application for Legal Aid to cover the costs of the defence.

Get in touch for immediate support

If you are facing immediate arrest, or if you have just been arrested, we can also provide our expert support out of hours. Our 24/7 crime emergency line - 079 0355 9919  - is open for such events, where one of our Duty Solicitors is available for immediate representation at the police station. For any other matters please contact us through our contact form below or call us during business hours. Our out of hours solicitors will not provide advice for non-urgent crime matters.

If you find yourself in need of legal support and advice, get in touch with our criminal defence solicitors today.

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Criminal law legal services

Under UK criminal law, you can be charged and prosecuted for a large range of offences, varying from mild transgressions, to the most severe. However, regardless of the crime or its severity, in the UK you always have the right to be represented by a criminal law solicitor in order to defend yourself against the charges and accusations brought against you.

At AWH we have a team of criminal law solicitors who can offer you specialist legal representation throughout your case. If accusations have been made against you, it is important for you to know that we are here to support you, and that we can advise you even from the earliest stages of a case, even before charges have been brought.

Our criminal solicitors are specialists in assisting in all levels of the criminal justice system, ranging from the Magistrates and Youth Courts through to the Court of Appeal.

Our specialist criminal law representation

A ‘crime’ is an act that is against the law and punishable. Our criminal defence solicitors can defend you if you have been accused with any type of crime, and specifically in cases of;

  • Murder
  • Robbery, burglary or theft
  • Rape or other sexual offences
  • Drug offences
  • Dishonesty
  • Assault
  • Public order offences
  • Road traffic offences

Our dedicated criminal defence solicitors and road traffic solicitors can help you if you have been arrested and accused of any of these crimes, as well as others that may not be included on this list.

We can provide our clients in almost all cases with free advice whilst they are detained at the police station. Should a charge or proceedings follow then where a client is eligible, we will make an application for Legal Aid to cover the costs of your defence.

Before an official police interview takes place, you are always entitled to legal advice from a solicitor and you can request that your solicitor is present with you in the interview room when the official interview by the police takes place.

All interviews will be recorded. Depending on the severity of the crime that you are being accused of, the interview may be recorded on either a video or on an audio file. The evidence from this interview may later be used against you in court, so we’d recommend you always seek our legal advice before your official interview takes place.

Whilst you are being interviewed, the police will question you about the crime that you’re suspected of. You don’t have to answer the questions, but there could later face adverse consequences if you do not. For instance, if you remain silent in your interview but then later explain your actions when you are in court, then the judge and jury might ask why you didn’t raise your defence with the police from the start. The support of one of our expert criminal law solicitors is invaluable in the interview room.


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How our criminal defence solicitors can help you

From the very beginning of your criminal law case, we can provide legal support and assistance. From the initial stages of interview to the court case, our well-respected and experienced solicitors and representatives can help every step of the way.

In order to plead not guilty, we will carefully examine the evidence and advise you on your plea. If you tell us that you are innocent, we will work hard to allow you to put forward the best possible case.

We have offices both in Manchester and Blackburn but are also able to arrange to see clients in other locations.

Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!

  • Contact us Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
  • Meet an expert Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
  • Authorise Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
  • We get to work We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
We’re with you, every step of the way

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