Criminal Justice System

Advice & Assistance (Advice at Police Station or other Interviews under Caution)
In 95% of cases which result in an individual having to attend Court as a defendant, that individual would have been interviewed under Caution. Invariably the individual would have been arrested before interview. On some occasions, i.e. benefit fraud, investigations under The Telecommunications Act or Royal Mail investigations, individuals are not arrested. Whatever the reason for an interview, Amosu Robinshaw is very experienced in providing advice and assistance. If you have been arrested, the police have to act in accordance with The Police & Criminal Evidence Act (PACE). Our Solicitors make a point of attending the police station as often as possible and are best placed to ensure you are treated fairly.

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Advice at the police station is free of charge as long as you specifically request us and you haven’t received free representation at the police station beforehand.

Magistrates’ Court Representation
If an individual finds that they have to appear before the Magistrates’ Court either overnight in custody, or on bail or by way of summons, we can attend on their behalf. Everyone who has been charged with a criminal offence in England & Wales, must firstly appear before the Magistrates’ Court. Where the case is subsequently heard depends on the seriousness of the case.

“Summary only” cases such as:

  • Common Assault
  • Criminal Damage under £5,000
  • Low Level Public Order offences
  • Road Traffic Offences (This list is non exhaustive)

These can only be dealt with the in Magistrates’ Court.

“Either-Way” offences such as:

  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • some Sexual Offences
  • more serious Public Order offences
  • Actual Bodily Harm
  • Grievous Bodily Harm (Wounding)

These can be dealt with either in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court depending on whether the individual wishes (elects) to have their case heard at either Court or the Court itself declines jurisdiction and commits the case to the Crown Court, on the basis it does not have sufficient sentencing powers to deal with the case, should that individual subsequently plead guilty or be found guilty.

“Indictable-Only” offences such as:

  • Robbery
  • Kidnap
  • Burglary with aggravating features
  • Any type of Conspiracy
  • Murder
  • Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent

These must be transferred to the Crown Court straightaway, but must begin in the Magistrates’ Court.

We can represent you in the Magistrates’ Court and have vast experience of dealing with all types of cases in the Magistrates’ Court. Whether an individual is pleading guilty or not guilty and subsequently has a trial, we can advise and assist you.

Crown Court
An individual case can reach the Crown Court in a variety of ways i.e. being committed via committal proceedings, following an election of Jury trial from the individual or the Court declining jurisdiction or a transfer to the Crown Court because the individual is charged with an indictable-only offence.

In the Crown Court the individual case is heard in front of a Crown Court Judge and the individual is represented by a Barrister or a Higher Courts Advocate. We have three qualified Higher Courts Advocates in our team however we regularly instruct Barristers by virtue of choice of the individual or particular specialism of the Barrister.

Should an individual be pleading guilty or having a trial, as per the ethos of the firm, we will ensure your case is prepared fully to the best of our ability to put the individual in a strong position to defend themselves.

Young People & The Law
If a youth is arrested then they are classified as juveniles if they are under 18.

If the Youth is under 18, they require an Appropriate Adult to act on their behalf in order to facilitate communication and to protect the rights of the young person. Invariably, the appropriate adult doesn’t have to do much because the legal representative is well placed to protect the young person.

A  young person is classed as a Youth if he is under 18 in the Youth Court. We have particular expertise in dealing with young people in the Youth Court which is arguably a completely separate area of criminal law.

There is a variety of legislation which must be considered when dealing with young people. Again, we can advise any young people who face the prospect of having to attend Court.