Criminal Defence

Court Procedure

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The majority of criminal prosecutions take place in the Magistrates Court. Our team of expert criminal defence lawyers will advise you on your case and our advocates will represent you before the court. Our approach to every case is to provide the best possible advice and ensure that all aspects of your case will be considered thoroughly, to ensure the best outcome for you. We will give you realistic and expert advice, to enable you to make clear choices on how to proceed.

Magistrates Court

We will advise you on the sentences that the court could impose if you are found guilty.  These can range from a conditional discharge to a sentence of imprisonment, depending on the type and seriousness of the offence.

There are also orders that the court can impose which restrict the freedom of the individual, without convicting them of a criminal offence. These can include anti social behaviour orders, confiscation proceedings, money laundering, restraining orders and drug intervention order ‘dip’ tests. We can advise and provide representation in relation to any of these orders.

Crown Court

If you are charged with a more serious offence – for example, serious fraud, murder, wounding – your case will almost certainly be dealt with in the Crown Court. You will appear before a Judge and, if your case goes to trial, a jury. If necessary, we will instruct a barrister, including senior counsel (or QC), to assist on your case.

We recognise that this can be a very daunting experience and that you will need ongoing support and guidance. We will explain the process to you fully and will ensure that you can contact us throughout the case for advice and assistance.

If you need help from an expert and would like to talk to someone in confidence about your options, contact Gerard Maye or call 01273 916000.





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    N.G, Brighton

  • I have used Gerard Maye Legal on a number of occasions over the past 10 years and cannot thank them enough for the impeccable professional service that they provide every time. Without the support of Gerard Maye and his fantastic team, my family and I would have struggled to cope with what has been an immensely stressful time and emotional time. I would never risk my future by going anywhere else for legal representation.

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Testimonials
  • Fraud
    Fraud

    We have successfully defended clients facing allegations of various levels of complexity, from benefit overpayments to multi-million pound money-laundering cases.

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  • Violent Crime
    Violent Crime

    We have successfully defended hundreds of clients against allegations of violent crime, including murder, manslaughter, wounding, and assaults.

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  • Court Procedure
    Court Procedure

    Appearing in front of a court is extremely daunting and often distressing. As well as preparing your case, we will help you understand and prepare for the court process.

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  • Confiscation Proceedings
    Confiscation Proceedings

    Confiscation proceedings are a complex area of law, involving attempting to trace and recover items such as money and property. We have extensive experience in cases of this kind.

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