Guide to Criminal Law
What is Criminal Law?
Criminal Law involves the state (or The Crown), bringing a prosecution against an individual. Only crimes (or offences) which already exist in law can be used to prosecute people. These are laid down by Parliamentary Law in ‘statues’ ( like the Theft Act 1968). Offences are also decided through previous case history in the courts (Common Law)
Innocent until proven Guilty?
To convict someone of an offence, the Prosecution has to prove to the court that the accused person has committed the offence.
The Prosecution must show beyond reasonable doubt that the offence occurred and was made by the accused person. If they cannot, the accused will not be convicted. Not sure is Not Guilty.
What happens if you are questioned at a police station?
Before you say anything, ask for a solicitor.
It is your legal right to have a solicitor present while being questioned. A member of our team will be on hand to help you free of charge.
“I haven’t done anything wrong I don’t need a Solicitor”
Yes you do! This is precisely the time you do need a Solicitor. You are being questioned so that the police can obtain evidence about the crime. If you are suspected of that crime, the police are waiting for you to slip up so that they can prosecute you.
Police questioning can be very one sided. We are experts in helping clients through the process. We know the law, and we know your legal rights.