Criminal Defence Solicitors

At Lovell Chohan Solicitors we firmly believe that a committed and knowledgeable legal defence is essential for any person charged with a crime, regardless of the seriousness of the charges.

Whether it’s a minor infringement or a weighty offence, our criminal defence solicitors can provide you with invaluable advice and representation. Lovell Chohan is home to an experienced senior partner, who not only understands criminal law in depth, but is also a former Police Officer turned solicitor. This gives our legal defence team a unique perspective that spans both prosecution and defence. The straightforward legal advice and representation we provide is knowledgeable, constructive, and essential to our client’s interests.

No time is inconvenient for our Criminal Law Team; we operate everyday throughout the year on a 24-hour basis. Our team are available if you need assistance at a police station all the way to representing you at the highest courts through our own specialists and links with highly experienced barristers.

Lovell Chohan Solicitors can provide services for the following areas of criminal law:

  • Benefit Fraud
  • Blackmail & Extortion
  • Breach Of Injunction
  • Counterfeit Goods
  • Court Appearance
  • Drink & Drug Offences
  • Firearm Offences
  • Fraud & Dishonesty
  • GBH, ABH & Assault
  • Identity Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Motoring & Driving
  • Murder & Manslaughter
  • Organised Crime
  • Police Station Interview
  • Proceeds Of Crime
  • Sexual Offences
  • Terrorism
  • Theft & Robbery
  • Threats To Kill

Legal Aid Representation

There are often cases or interviews by other agencies other than the police, such as the benefits agency and other government departments. We are able to advise and represent you at such interviews.  Legal aid may be available to you, but this is dependent on your means and income.

If you are arrested by the police or attend at the police station voluntarily you will be entitled to free legal representation at the police station, providing the interview is conducted by the police.  If you require such attendance by us at the police station, you must ask the police to either call us out or the duty solicitor.  We operate a 24 hour 365 day emergency crime line, click HERE for emergency numbers.

Public funding or legal aid is available for representing you in the magistrates’ court but this is both means and merits tested.  In other words you must qualify financially and the prospects of you successfully defending or the case being discontinued against you must be good dependent on your defence and evidence.  If you wish to apply for public funding we will require your National Insurance number and details of the benefits you receive supported by documentary evidence of the benefits.

If you are in employment you will be asked to produce your three most recent wage slips, details of bank and or building society accounts together with statements for the last three months.  The legal services commission may require other documentary evidence if necessary.  In the event that you are married or live with a partner, the same information will be required from them as well. When an application for legal aid, if you pass the means assessment legal aid is granted, and free.  However if you fail legal aid will be refused.

If your case is being dealt with in the Crown Court legal aid will be means tested, the only difference being that subject to your means you may be ordered to pay a contribution towards your own legal costs as the case progresses.  At the Cown Court if you are convicted you will always be ordered to contribute towards the prosecution costs.

Private Representation

In the event that you are refused legal aid or simply are not eligible for legal aid we are able to act for you on a private costs basis.  In this situation we will explain to you our hourly charges and provide you with an estimate of the likely costs of representing you, subject to our terms and conditions of business.  In certain cases we are able to agree a fixed agreed fee with you in advance to deal with the whole case or certain aspects of it.

If you require private representation please make an appointment to see us.

24hr Crime Line number - Click HERE