The Criminal team have long established experience and expertise in dealing with Investigations Court Proceedings the Totting Up procedure Disqualification from driving Benefit Fraud cases
Our criminal and motoring offences team is experienced in dealing with a full range of criminal matters. Whether you need support with an on-going investigation, court proceeding and appeal or a motoring offence, our team will be on hand to help every step of the way. Our friendly, highly-skilled team has specific expertise in dealing with benefit fraud cases and can support clients with any criminal or motoring offence, whatever the circumstance may be.
The department has an established reputation in the West Midlands but also represents clients in courts across the country – both in Totting Up procedures and cases to avoid driver disqualification.
Our areas of work include:
> Court Proceedings
> Motoring Offences, including; drink driving, penalty points and disqualification from driving
> Benefit Fraud
> Totting Up procedure
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay or will I be eligible for Legal Aid?
At the police station:-Advice and representation at the police station is free. Even away from the police station a suspect being interviewed by a police constable is entitled to legal advice for no charge. At the Magistrates Court:- Legal Aid is available for proceedings in the Magistrates Court subject to your financial circumstances and the case being one which is sufficiently serious (normally carrying a risk of imprisonment). At the Crown Court:- Legal Aid is available for all proceedings in the Crown Court subject to financial circumstances though you may be ordered to pay a contribution.
Does a case get passed between your team?
Enoch Evans LLP have a highly skilled team and often several individuals will work together on the case as a whole. However our normal policy is that a clients case will be primarily dealt with by one person throughout wherever possible. Because Enoch Evans have two Higher Court Advocates many cases are dealt with by the same person right through from the police station investigation to trial in the Crown Court.
Why should I ask for a Solicitor at the police station?
Suspects who are interviewed without asking for legal representation will normally not know the detail of what they are to be asked about or what evidence the police have. By having a solicitor this enables us to obtain disclosure from the police before the interview and advise on your rights whilst in custody. We then have the opportunity to advise a client in relation to the procedure and likely questions to be asked and also advise on the correct approach to be taken during the interview. In addition by being present in the interview we are able to ensure that the suspect has the opportunity to put their side of the story fully, that the interview is conducted properly and fairly and intervene on behalf of a person being questioned if the questioning is unfair, inappropriate or oppressive. We are able to challenge the police about their evidence and any further investigation which should be completed. People being interviewed by a police constable not under arrest, or away from the police station are also entitled to legal advice. Representation at interviews by other prosecuting authorities such as the Department of Work & Pensions or Trading Standards also carry a right to legal representation and can be available free of charge subject to means.