If you have been charged with a criminal case, then there will be a lot of things going on with it and understanding some of these can be the difference between being found innocent and being found guilty. Therefore getting advice on your case from a criminal lawyer Bradford is one of the best things you can do. We look at the best advice you can get about your case.
Get Legal Advice
This is the single best piece of advice you can ever get. Every lawyer should be able to provide you with a free assessment of your case and some basic advice. This includes the duty solicitor in the police station in the first instance. However, even a high street lawyer will be able to help. They will also be able to give you advice on getting legal aid to pay for a lawyer to run your entire case for you. This, in a lot of cases, will be completely free for you, so it is worth it. This is the best thing you can do for your case. Get someone who knows what they are doing to run your case for you and listen to their advice.
Remember Innocent Until Proven Guilty
When you are being accused of something, particularly something that you are completely innocent of then it can be difficult to remain patient and keep your composure. You may feel that no one wants to listen to you, and no one wants to hear your side of the story. But you need to stay positive. You don’t have to prove you are innocent, they must prove that you are guilty. This means that say you are accused of an assault where it is alleged that you punched someone in the face. Your story is that you are innocent because they have got a case of mistaken identity and that it wasn’t you that did it. Then the prosecution must be able to prove so that the judge or magistrates are sure that it was you that did it. They can’t make them think it was probably you that did it, they must be completely sure it was.
Understand the Process from Start to FinishIf you are involved in any sort of criminal case, then it is important to understand how every stage of the case works. This is where it can be invaluable to get advice from a solicitor as early as possible. You need to understand the process from arrest, through to charging, then to the first hearings in a magistrate’s court, through to the trial and sentencing hearing. You will want to understand the differences between a magistrate’s court and a crown court, and what will take place in each court. In addition, you just want someone who is going to be there for you during the entire journey of the case, someone who you can ask questions of and someone who has been there before.