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Defending criminal allegations

Proactive lawyers acting for those under investigation in relation to criminal allegations

This short webinar presented by our Managing Director, Matthew Claughton. It is aimed at providing the professional legal advisor who is not a crime practitioner with an understanding of the most important part of the criminal case – the investigation.

All too often, individuals under investigation risk sleep walking into a prosecution.

Anyone can get caught up in a criminal investigation and their first port of call may be existing lawyer. 

As their lawyer/other professional adviser they may expect some understanding of the criminal justice system and ultimately some assistance in helping them to decide what to do next.

If you can help them at what is likely to be the most stressful time of their life – you will have a client for life.

In this webinar we explain; 

  • The Code for Crown Prosecutors 2018 together with ‘The Charging Standard’ and the requirement for both a ‘realistic prospect of a conviction’ and for a prosecution to be in the ‘public interest’
  • Interviews under caution and strategic options.
  • Voluntary interviews and interviews under arrest.
  • The concepts of pre charge bail and being ‘released under investigation’.
  • The Director of Public Prosecution’s Guidance on Charging 2020 and the National File Standard.
  • The notion of ‘pre charge engagement’ between the defence and investigators.
  • We conclude with the end game which involves successful ‘representations against charge’ meaning that the investigation is over without a prosecution. 

The presentation is informative and will help a legal advisor point a client under investigation to a legal team who can achieve all of the above and allow their life to return to normal.

About Olliers Solicitors

  • Chamber Directory/Legal 500 Top Tier Firm
  • The Times Best Law Firms – Top 200 Firm
  • Four Awards at the Manchester Legal Awards 2021

About Matthew Claughton

  • Managing Director of Olliers – at firm over 30 years
  • Current Manchester Legal Awards Partner of the Year
  • Legal 500 Leading Individual Crime and Fraud

Some frequently asked questions

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If you have been released under investigation, it means that you have been released from police custody without charge but the investigation the matter that you were arrested for is still ongoing. You have no bail conditions or date to attend the police station but you may, eventually, still be charged with a criminal offence.

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There is no time limit for being under released investigation by the police. You will know that you are no longer ‘released under investigation’ if you receive a notice of no further action or alternatively a notice that you are to be charged with an offence. A solicitor may be able to assist you with making enquires with the police as to the progress of their investigation and/or make representations that you should not be charged.

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Contact our criminal investigations solicitors

If you would like to discuss how we can proactively assist you in relation to your case at a pre-charge stage, contact us by telephone on 0161 834 1515, by email to info@olliers.com or complete the form below and we will contact you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row height=”small”][vc_column width=”1/3″][ult_team team_img_grayscale=”off” img_hover_eft=”on” link_switch=”on” staff_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.olliers.com%2Flawyers%2Fclaughton-matthew%2F|title:Matthew%20Claughton||” image=”id^5677|url^https://www.olliers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/matthew-claughtonv2.jpg|caption^null|alt^Matthew Claughton|title^matthew-claughtonv2|description^null” name=”Matthew Claughton”][/ult_team][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″]

Manchester Office

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