Magistrates' court representation
Appearing in the Magistrates' Court can be a daunting and complicated process, particularly if you are attending for the first time. If your case goes to court, it is important that you seek legal representation from the very start. We can help if you are in this situation.
Representation from Draycott Browne will ensure you are properly guided throughout the court process. Our solicitors will ensure you are informed on the seriousness of your case and the strength of the prosecution's case against you, enabling you to make an informed decision on your plea. If you decide to plead guilty, you will be sentenced accordingly. If you decide to plead not guilty, your case will go to trial.
Using our wealth of experience helping clients in the magistrates’ court, our solicitors will provide you with expert legal representation you can count on. If you or a loved one needs representation at the magistrates’ court, call us today on 0161 228 2244 or complete our contact form.
Will my case go to the magistrates' court?
If your case goes to court, it will begin in the magistrates' court. This court deals with ‘summary offences’, for example:
- Motoring offences
- Minor criminal damage
- Drunk and disorderly behaviour
- Burglary, theft and assault
- Drug offences
‘Indictable offences’ are crimes of an extremely serious nature, such as manslaughter, murder, rape and robbery. If as an adult, your case falls into this category, it will go to crown court, where a judge and jury will preside over proceedings.
If you cannot afford to pay for legal services, you may be eligible for legal aid. In order to gain legal aid, you must first pass two tests. The ‘interests of justice’ test considers how serious your case is and whether you need legal representation. The ‘means’ test takes into account how much money you earn and any benefits you receive.
Our solicitors can help you apply for legal aid. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.
What will my sentence be?
The magistrates' court is authorised to give sentences up to a certain limit. These sentences include:
- up to six months in prison (or 12 months, in certain circumstances, if you are sentenced for more than one crime)
- a fine of up to £5,000
- community service
These sentences are not exclusive to each other. It is commonplace to be prosecuted with a combination of the punishments listed above.
If the magistrates' court wishes to give a greater sentence, your case may be sent to Crown Court.
CONTACT DRAYCOTT BROWNE TODAY
Our team of experienced solicitors offer their services within Manchester and throughout North West England. If you are due to attend the magistrates’ court and want quality legal representation to help you through the difficult time ahead, call our expert criminal law solicitors today on 0161 228 2244 or complete our contact form.