Criminal Defence

Criminal Solicitors in Manchester

At John Poyser solicitors we have a vast wealth of experience and talent within our criminal defense team. Our Criminal Solicitors in Manchester understand that being accused of any criminal offense is a stressful time for both our client and their families and the serious impact that any verdict can have on their lives. That is why it is so important to seek expert legal advice if you have been charged with a criminal offense or are worried that you may be charged in the future.

Our Criminal Defense Solicitors Services are provided by DPP Law. It is through the DPP Law Criminal Defense contract, that our clients are able to apply for Legal Aid.

How We Can Help You

You never know when you may need to have the assistance of a criminal defense solicitor, that is why our lawyers can help you in many situations.

We offer free representation at police stations. Whether you have just been arrested or if you have been summoned for an interview under caution, John Poyser solicitors can offer you excellent legal representation during this difficult time.

We are also able to represent you in interviews with the Department for Work and Pensions. If you are being investigated by the DWP you may be facing charges of fraud such as benefit or tax fraud that can affect you and your whole family then you take help of Family Law Advice. You may be forced to move from your home, repay monies owed or even face a prison sentence. Therefore it is imperative that if you are called to an interview by the DWP that you have excellent legal counsel at all times.

If your case is taken to court, John Poyser solicitors can act on your behalf at both Magistrates and Crown court. Your case may begin in Magistrates court but then be moved to Crown court. Our Criminal Solicitors in Manchester can guide you through this process and offer you reassurance throughout this time. We can guarantee that our solicitors will work tirelessly for you and achieve the very best possible result for your case.

In many cases, legal aid may be available to help you. If you would like to have more information regarding legal aid then please contact us. It can be complicated to determine if you can qualify for legal aid and some matters you may not qualify for legal aid such as some driving offenses.

Areas of Criminal Law

At John Poyser solicitors we are able to act on your behalf in the following areas:

1. Assaults and Violent crimes – this can range from blackmail and extortion right through to manslaughter and murder.

2. Drugs Offences – you can be accused of a drug offense if you are found in possession of any amount of an illegal substance. This can also extend to the large-scale criminal activity of smuggling and production.

3. Fraud and Financial Matters – You can be accused of fraud in all different areas from mortgage fraud to corruption and bribery.

4. Public Order Offences – offenses can range from ASBO’s through to gang activity and full-scale riots.

5. Theft Charges

6. Sexual Offences – again the range of offenses involved within sexual offenses is wide. A sexual offense can include indecent exposure through to the more serious charges of rape and child sex offenses.

MOTORING OFFENCES

Whether you have been accused of drink driving, speeding, careless driving or even causing death by dangerous driving our specialist motoring solicitors will give you the support you need.
How can we help?
We are able to deal with matters including:-
• Speeding
• Insurance
• Driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol/drugs
• Failing to stop/report after an accident
• Driving without due care and attention
• Failing to provide information on driver identity
• Dangerous driving (summary offence only)
• Using a mobile phone whilst driving
• Driving whilst disqualified

Our prices and costs explained

Set out below is our pricing structure in relation to motoring matters. These are for road traffic matters where the proceedings are to take place in the Magistrates Court. It does not include parking matters.
Advice Only:

1. In relation to the road traffic matters we offer a single diagnostic appointment for a fixed fee of £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40. This will allow us to take your instructions, advise you on the evidence and your chances of success. It will enable us to tell you whether or not further information or work is needed for which a further fee will be charged.
2. We will advise you in relation to plea and the likely outcome. We will tell you whether or not you need to be aware of any issues concerning disqualification including whether or not you have a reasonable case for considering arguments for special reasons or exceptional hardship. It is on the basis that you have with you all of the prosecution evidence and necessary information so that we can advise you upon all of the above.
3. You can choose to speak with us before such prosecution evidence or necessary information is available. The fee will remain at £217 plus VAT in the circumstances.
4. Once you have the prosecution evidence or any other information we advise is required at above you can return to us for a further appointment where we will consider the evidence in depth with you on that occasion and the issues arising from it so that all issues as outlined above are ultimately considered with you. The costs of this further appointment will be £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40
5. If you need any further appointments for any other reason then we are willing to offer such further appointments when needed for the same fixed fee as above and these attendances will include any necessary correspondence which needs to be sent on your behalf.
6. Each appointment will allow us to spend up to one hour with you talking to you about the case and providing advice and afterwards writing to you to confirm your instructions, our advice and the next steps that need to be taken.

Representation at Court
We offer representation at a court hearing for a fixed fee on the following basis:-
First Appearance £300 plus VAT £360
Guilty Plea at First Appearance £500 plus VAT £600
Trial £1,000 plus VAT £1,200

If we have not already seen you to undertake the advice stage then this will be done before representation at court for an additional fee of £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40 per interview and any further interview.
These appointments will allow us to determine with you whether further evidence would be needed to advance your case and will enable us to send relevant correspondence on your behalf. The fee assumes that the location of the court will be within a 15 mile radius of our Chorlton office.

If it is further away than this, we may take the view that it is too far to travel and we cannot offer representation at courts located at a substantial distance from our Chorlton office. If we are able to attend at a more distant court, then we will need to negotiate an additional fee for you to take into account the additional travelling time in connection with your case.

In connection with representation at court we will:

• Instruct a Barrister to attend on your behalf who will meet you at court on the day of the hearing to discuss the case with you.
• We would have already carried out a review of your case in advance to discuss with you when they arrive and obtain any further details and instructions from you and to deal with any queries that you may have.
• We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place as this depends upon the court listings that day.
• Provide advocacy services to represent you before the court and set out any request to adjourn or any mitigation and other necessary information and present any arguments for exceptional hardship or alternatively deal with the trial of the issues.
• We will discuss the outcome with you and advise upon appeal. The price quoted does not include representation on appeal or preparation of the appeal papers.
• If as part of any advice we recommend obtaining additional evidence and you instruct us to do so e.g. to take a witness statement from a witness to assist your case or to source and advance an expert witness, we will do so at a rate of £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40 per hour.
• The amount of time to do this will depend upon the circumstances of your case. We will advise you on the likely time needed and give you an estimate of the likely range of costs. In general, to see a witness and take a statement will take about an hour unless the issues are complex and more time will be needed. Likewise to assist you to source and instruct an expert and consider the advice with you will take between one and three hours in general. If complex it may take longer, meaning more time will be needed.

Examples of likely Costs

Speeding charge – guilty plea to be entered where sentencing will take the points to 12 or more;
• Diagnostic interview to obtain instructions, advise on plea etc £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40.
• Representation at a single hearing to present all mitigation to the court and advance arguments for special reasons and/or exceptional hardship arguments is £500 plus VAT of £100 totalling £600.
• If at the diagnostic interview above it is advised we need an independent witness statement to assist your case taking an hour to interview, prepare and discuss with you £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40.
• Total costs for all elements of the case £934.00 plus VAT of £186.80 totalling £1120.80.

Drink driving offence – guilty plea to be entered;
• Diagnostic interview to obtain instructions, advise on plea etc £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40.
• Representation at a single hearing to present all mitigation to the court and advance arguments for special reasons and/or exceptional hardship arguments is £500 plus VAT of £100 totalling £600.
• If at the diagnostic interview above it is advised we need an independent witness statement to assist your case taking an hour to interview, prepare and discuss with you £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40.
• Total costs for all elements of the case £934.00 plus VAT of £186.80 totalling £1120.80.

Representation in a fail to disclose information trial
• Diagnostic interview to obtain instructions, advise on plea etc £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40.
• Representation at a single hearing to present all mitigation to the court and advance arguments for special reasons and/or exceptional hardship arguments is £500 plus VAT of £100 totalling £600.
• If at the diagnostic interview above it is advised we need an independent witness statement to assist your case taking an hour to interview, prepare and discuss with you £217 plus VAT of £43.40 totalling £260.40.
• Total costs for all elements of the case £934.00 plus VAT of £186.80 totalling £1120.80.

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