Providing Criminal Law Services across North East England

Criminal Law FAQs

Our Specialist Criminal Solicitors offer a 24 hour 7 day per week service including out of office hours advice, police station attendance and court representation.

Contact information:

  • In office hours: 0191 568 1111 (Sunderland), 0191 477 6333 (Gateshead), 0191 275 2626 (Newcastle)
  • Out of office hours: 07743 806988

From our offices in Sunderland, Newcastle and Gateshead our criminal defence solicitors in North East England provide a comprehensive range of services to clients across this part of the United Kingdom. We handle all types of criminal cases and, as mentioned above, provide a 24-hour service to clients who are taken into custody and need to consult a solicitor before they are questioned by the police.

Whether you have been accused of a crime of which you are innocent or you are caught up in a criminal investigation due to a mistake that you have made, we can provide you with a criminal defence lawyer in North East England who is capable of protecting your interests and helping you to achieve a satisfactory outcome should your case go to court. In some cases it may be possible to absolve yourself without the need to go through the courts.

Most people think and hope it will never happen to them. Being accused of or charged with a criminal offence is a serious matter. It is also likely to be an unfamiliar and stressful situation. If it goes wrong it can have far reaching consequences for you and your family and have a devastating effect on your reputation and livelihood. That is why you need to be sure that you are advised and represented by specialists from start to finish.

Click here to read more about Road Traffic Offences

Expert Advice from Experienced Criminal Law Solicitors in North East England

It is important to instruct an experienced defence lawyer in North East England if you are facing charges that could result in a fine or a custodial sentence. Whichever of our lawyers handles your case, he or she will guide you through the whole legal process and provide you with expert advice that ensures the best possible outcome. Without the assitance of a UK criminal law specialist you might find it difficult to achieve a satisfactory outcome and could receive a stiffer sentence than would otherwise be the case.

Ben Hoare Bell has over 30 years of specialist experience in criminal defence law and we recognise the importance of the case to you. We pride ourselves in providing an expert service with all the personal care and attention you are entitled to and would expect from a professional and specialist team of solicitors. We know how daunting the experience can be for you and realise how easily it may feel that the system is taking over. We take care to ensure that throughout our advice and representation of you we make sure you understand what is happening, demystifying what can seem like a minefield of jargon, rules and procedures and allowing you to make the best and most informed decisions possible about your case.

We have a team of criminal defence solicitors and other legally qualified and non-legally qualified staff:

  • All the lawyers in our criminal law department specialise and practice solely in criminal law and have done so for many years.
  • All our solicitors and other legally qualified staff have fulfilled the rigorous requirements as specialist police station accredited representatives.
  • Most of our solicitors are qualified accredited duty solicitors.

We have offices across North East England and offer a 24 hour service for police station attendances and also cover courts on a Saturday and bank holidays.

We know that you will naturally be concerned about what it may cost you to have a solicitor represent you so we always give you accurate information about the funding options at the very earliest stage of the case and update you as the case progresses. Legal Aid will cover our costs in many cases both at the police station and court and we will always ensure that any appropriate application is made in your case. Where appropriate we will provide you with an initial appointment at our office free of charge when we will undertake an initial assessment of your case and assess your eligibility for Legal Aid or other funding.

  • If you are attending the police station – whether under arrest or on a voluntary basis – accused of a criminal offence Legal Aid is almost always available.
  • For the vast majority of cases in the Magistrates Court Legal Aid is also available although it is subject to a means and interests of justice test.
  • For Crown Court cases Legal Aid is almost always available but may be subject to you making a financial contribution depending upon your circumstances.
  • If your case is not eligible for Legal Aid we will discuss other possibilities with you such as legal insurance or legal fees payable through union membership.
  • If your case is not eligible for Legal Aid or other funding we will provide you with an estimate of our costs at the outset and update you regularly as the case progresses.
  • For the more straightforward cases, if Legal Aid is not available, we will very often be able to offer you a fixed fee for our services so you know exactly where you are from the start. In appropriate cases that fee can be as low as £150 plus VAT.
  • For benefit fraud investigations (and investigations by other agencies) again Legal Aid is usually available although it will be subject to a means test. If necessary we will be happy to discuss our reasonable private fees with you.

Honest and Upfront Criminal Defence Solicitors in North East England

Our criminal defence solicitors in North East England understand the ins and outs of all fields of criminal law, ensuring they achieve the best possible result for you. We are open and honest from the start and won’t fill you with unrealistic expectations.

Consulting our Criminal Solicitors in North East England

Don’t leave it too late – remember the early stages of an investigation are often crucial so ring us or call in as soon as the problem arises.

If you think you need the assistance of our criminal law services please contact us at any of our offices across the North East or in an emergency call our out of office hours service on 07743 806988. The solicitor who is appointed to handle your case will be able to answer any questions you may have and to help you apply for legal aid if required. Please note it is important that you provide our defence lawyer in North East England with all the relevant details of your case, so that they can represent you to the best of their abilities.

Application to be removed from the Sex Offenders Register

In July 2018 the Supreme Court ruled that preventing individuals subjected to Notification Requirements for life from being removed from the Sex Offenders Register is a breach of their human rights.

This has caused a lot of controversy in the media, with the NSPCC being particularly vocal about the negative impact they believe this could have on rehabilitation.

However, this ruling comes from the most powerful court in this country and acknowledges that for many people convicted of a relevant offence, much can be done to assist and rehabilitate such individuals. In these instances, it seems only fair that if an individual can prove that they have reintegrated into society and addressed any underlying issues linked to offending, they could apply to remove themselves from the Register and have their progress recognised.

Anyone who has been on the Register for 15 years (or 8 for a juvenile) can apply to the police to have themselves removed from the Register. If this application is refused, they can appeal to a Magistrates Court. The police or court will consider a number of factors such as:

  1. The views of a ‘responsible body’ such as the Probation Service or Local Authorty
  2. The seriousness of the initial offence, and the age of the individual at the time of the offence
  3. The time since the offence was committed
  4. Sometimes, the views of the complainant involved in the initial offence
  5. Any evidence by the individual which shows that they deserve to be removed from the Register

This list is not exhaustive and there is a complex test to be applied. If you would like to receive more information on making an application to be removed from the Register, please contact us for advice.

Recent Related Blogs: