CHARGED WITH A CRIMINAL OFFENCE?
Being charged with a criminal offence is serious and can have life long consequences. It is important to consult with a lawyer as early as possible in the criminal law process. Martin Screech is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience defending people who are charged with offences. Mr. Screech vigorously defends and protects his client’s rights, and he will work closely with you so that you understand all of your options. He will thoroughly examine the evidence and present the strongest possible defence.
It is not unusual for criminal charges, particularly those involving assault or uttering threats, to be related to family breakdown or separation and the family law problems that come with it. Mr. Screech is in the unique position of having practiced criminal and family law for over 20 years and is uniquely placed to handle the problems of both.
Frequently asked questions about being charged with a criminal offence
- If I hire you, will I have to go to court with you on my first appearance date?
No, we will be able to make that appearance for you, advise the court that he is your lawyer, and get all the required information (for example: police reports) from the prosecutor for discussion with you.
- I only want to plead guilty. Is there any point in getting a lawyer?
Definitely. For any criminal charge, there is a range of sentences available to the judge. We can assist you in persuading the judge to impose the lightest possible sentence in your case. In many cases, you may be able to avoid a criminal record.
- What steps should I take if charged with a criminal offence?
It is important that you protect yourself by not discussing the particulars of the criminal charge with anybody, including the police. Be sure to organize a personal history so that you can bring it to your first meeting with us.
- Do you accept Legal Aid funded cases?
Yes, we accept some legal aid cases depending on the nature of the charge.
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