I’m facing trial for an offence
Even if your case is headed towards trial, it is not too late to seek legal advice from the best criminal defence lawyers. Good representation is vital at every stage in the process.
As top criminal lawyers for high net worth and high income individuals, we can help you protect your liberty, your reputation, and your career. We often work closely with our Reputation & Privacy department, our Employment department, and our Family department to provide complete legal support in every aspect of life that might be affected when you're facing a criminal trial.
Our specialist criminal lawyers are available to advise and represent our clients—often entrepreneurs, professionals, sports stars, and celebrities—around the clock. We understand the impact on yourself, your family and your career that being on trial for a criminal offence can have, whether that be for fraud, sexual or drug crimes, or anything else.
Given what is at stake in a criminal trial nothing can be left to chance and an individual facing trial must be assured that their lawyers are working tirelessly to both strengthen the defence case and exploit any weaknesses in the Crown’s evidence and by doing so afford them the best chance of acquittal.
They must feel confident they have a close working relationship with their lawyers where they can discuss any issues that may arise and be kept abreast of any developments in the lead up to trial. If an individual has any concerns with regard to their lawyer’s preparation for trial, they must try to resolve these issues as soon as possible. If they feel they have lost confidence in their legal team, it is essential they act swiftly in seeking alternative representation in good time before trial to ensure they walk into court fully prepared for trial.
If you are dissatisfied with your current lawyer, it is never too late to move to Vardags. We are experienced at taking over cases from other firms. Our innovative approach to the law can often get results which other firms cannot.
There are a number of significant moments during the course of criminal proceedings in which decisive intervention can be made to halt proceedings on the basis that there is insufficient evidence.
There is opportunity to make representations to this effect prior to any decision to charge and where the decision has been taken by a police officer there is still scope to apply at the first hearing at the Magistrates’ Court for the matter to be referred back to the police for a further review of their earlier charging decision.
Once the matter has proceeded to the Crown Court, the defence are permitted to make an application to dismiss the case where they can show there is not sufficient evidence to support the allegation.
Once the matter progresses to the trial itself it is still open to the defence to make an application that there is no case to answer. Such an application will usually be made at the close of the Crown’s case and it will succeed where the court is persuaded that there is no evidence or the evidence is of such a tenuous nature that no jury could safely convict upon it.
At Vardags we will leave no stone unturned in our attempt to stop a matter from reaching trial.
The starting position is that evidence of a person’s misconduct or disposition towards misconduct is deemed inadmissible and should not form part of any trial.
There are, however, a number of ways in which this evidence may be admitted at trial. The decision to admit bad character evidence will not be taken lightly and will involve a careful weighing up by the judge of the probative value of the evidence against any unfairness or prejudice which might be caused to the accused individual.
Factors which will be taken into consideration will include the nature and severity of any prior misconduct, the number of past incidents, the time that has elapsed and their relevance to the allegations in question. The conduct of the accused during trial might also have a bearing on the decision to admit his bad character. For example, where the accused puts forward a false impression of themselves or impugns the character of the complainant, the accused risk exposing themselves to a similar attack on their character.
Evidence of bad character is one of those issues that may arise during trial and which the defendant and his lawyers must be ready and prepared for to ensure any application for its admittance is robustly opposed and where the application is granted to ensure any prejudicial effect of the evidence upon the defendant is limited as far as possible.