Legal Aid for Criminal Defence cases
Legal aid is always available to cover the cost of a solicitor at the police station, regardless of a person's financial means.
Receiving Legal aid in the Courts is dependent on your means. We will assess your circumstances and tell you if you are eligible to receive legal aid, if you are then we can represent you on a legal aid basis. Contact us to assess your circumstances.
The legal aid system is currently all or nothing; if your means are below a set level then the legal aid is paid for in full. There is no provision for cases to be part funded by legal aid and part by contribution from the defendant.
Will I get good quality representation with legal aid?
The advice and representation you receive will be no different to that which you would get if you were paying privately. The same solicitors do both legal aid and privately funded work, as do the barristers we would brief on your behalf.
Paying for a criminal defence case privately
For certain types of criminal allegation, such as drink driving, or other road traffic offences, legal aid is unlikely to be available.Contact us to discuss how to go about funding a defence without legal aid.