If you have been accused of a crime, or are being investigated by a regulatory body, the resulting impact upon every aspect your life is likely to be substantial. The importance of receiving the highest level of legal support and guidance from the very beginning cannot be overemphasised, as it could mean the difference between an unfavourable outcome, and one that protects you and those who are important to you.
At Freemans, we offer superior legal support courtesy of a team of outstanding litigators and criminal defence advocates working harmoniously together to represent clients in the most serious cases, and whose exceptional work has received national and international acclaim. The team maintains an enviable record in dealing with murders, including cases that raise highly complex issues, together with sexual offences; serious violence; high-value fraud; extradition and other general crime.
Our Criminal Defence Services
Our renowned specialists offer a fully comprehensive criminal defence service and are recognised industry-wide for their expert capabilities:
Police Station Representation and Advice
Our crime team provide specialist police station representation and expert advice backed by a proactive approach. With the benefit of excellent legal guidance from our highly respected criminal defence lawyers, you will be in the best position possible. Remember, what happens in the police station can often have repercussions on your defence if the case develops, which makes getting the right representation vital.
Business and Financial Crime
We can provide guidance from a criminal lawyer with outstanding specialised knowledge in business crime and serious, high-value fraud. As a client of Freemans Solicitors you will be thoroughly assured of the most sophisticated levels of defence against accusations of the likes of bribery and corruption; conspiracy to defraud; money laundering; bank, currency and commodity fraud; false accounting and breaches of financial sanctions.
In 2017 Freemans criminal defence lawyers were recognised as ‘Business Crime firm of the year by Lawyer Monthly magazine
Being investigated for a sexual offence is one of the most distressing experiences a person is ever likely to go through, and this is something we fully understand at Freemans. You will need a very specialist level of advice backed by outstanding advocacy if you are going to avoid potentially devastating consequences. This is precisely what the acclaimed criminal defence lawyers on our team have been commended for providing.
Proceeds of Crime
Freemans’ criminal defence lawyers are renowned for their expert competency in advising and representing individuals and corporate enterprises that are facing legal action under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. We fully comprehend how the prospect of having substantial assets removed can lead to significant consequences. Our support is focused on challenging the actions of prosecutors and putting them through meticulous analysis: something for which our team has received exceptional acclaim.
Murder and Other Serious Crimes
The ability of our criminal solicitors in the area of murder and serious crime such as GBH, aggravated burglary, armed robbery and terrorism offences is apparent through the numerous high-profile cases with which we have dealt. We have been commended for our dedication to achieving outstanding results. Being supported by the most reliable defence specialists with in-depth knowledge of the technicalities of criminal law means you have the best possible chance of avoiding conviction.
Extradition law is incredibly complex, and the importance of obtaining specialist advice at a very early stage cannot be overemphasised. Following an unexpected arrest, you need expert advice. Our criminal lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the technicalities of extradition law, together with notable experience in challenging extradition requests and taking cases to appeal.
At Freemans, we fully understand the crucial importance of keeping your licence and avoiding prosecution following an alleged motoring offence. Our criminal defence solicitors have exceptional diagnostic expertise; this means they have the skill to advance technicalities and mitigating circumstances and go on to achieve the best possible outcome. Also, their extensive experience means they are aware of precisely what is needed to abate unfavourable consequences.
HMO and Other Housing Act Prosecutions
We offer expertise in defending landlords who are facing allegations relating to breaches of Housing Act legislation. These include the rising tide of local authority investigations and prosecutions for running an unlicensed HMO. We are also able to assist if you face an allegation of breaching HMO management and fire safety regulations; statutory overcrowding or illegal eviction. The law in these areas is far-reaching and defending charges arising from breaches requires a sophisticated level of technical knowledge: something the criminal lawyers at Freemans Solicitors are known to possess.
If your child is facing proceedings for an alleged crime, support from experts who genuinely understand this area of law and how it applies to younger people is essential. Our lawyers are non-judgemental and authentic in their desire to resolve your child’s case in the best possible way and, wherever possible, avoid a conviction. You will find your dedicated specialist experienced in working and communicating with younger people.
Criminal Defence Law Frequently Asked Questions
I have been contacted by the police to be interviewed under caution, what should I do?
Immediately seek legal representation. Engaging a criminal defence solicitor with the particular expertise you need and who will guide you through every step could result in a marked and crucial difference in the outcome of your case.
Why do I need a solicitor at the police station?
It is rare for people to be aware of their rights and how best to approach questioning. Without expert assistance, something could be said or done that negatively affects your case. For example, many people do not realise that they have the right to refuse consent to the police taking intimate samples. A specialist criminal lawyer will be able to explain the legal implications of providing such samples. They will also guide you through the interview process so that you are adequately informed in respect of making decisions about whether to answer questions and how to answer them. Criminal defence lawyers will also assist by making representations to the police on your behalf concerning bail, and have the skill to negotiate the resolution of your case via a caution where applicable.
My child has been arrested, what should I do?
If your child is aged 17 or under, then they are legally entitled to have an ‘appropriate adult’ accompany them while at the police station. They are also entitled to legal representation, and as their parent, you can request this. Just give the police the name of your chosen criminal lawyer, and they will arrange for them to attend.
Freemans Solicitors: Renowned for outstanding results with a personal touch
The criminal law solicitors at Freemans are highly regarded for the strength of their bonded teamwork approach, with criminal defence litigators working closely alongside the firm’s own widely recognised advocates to deliver vital consistency of representation at every level of court. By introducing a strategy to cases at an early stage, the team has a known ability to work towards the best outcome possible for the clients its specialist criminal lawyers represent.
The firm is recognised as a leading criminal law practice. Clients can be assured not just on competency, quality, significant experience and expertise, but also by the personal nature of the team’s approach and its genuine care and interest in its clients and the outcome of their cases.
If you need emergency help on a criminal matter, if you have been arrested or are worried that you, or someone you know, may be arrested, or ff you require emergency police station advice, we are available 24/7 on 0797 3259382
If you are questioned by the Police or arrested, we will provide immediate advice and representation at the Police station at any time without charge.
We have a network of solicitors and lawyers who are available across London and the South East, in particular Essex, Suffolk, Herts, Kent and Surrey.