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Criminal Defence

Cartwright King’s specialist Criminal Defence Solicitors have been defending individuals against all types of criminal investigations for decades. Our team excels in criminal defence, which is why we’re renowned as a leading criminal defence law firm by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

For experienced defence against criminal investigations that you can trust, get in touch with the Cartwright King Criminal Defence Team now.

How Cartwright King can help you with criminal investigations

Cartwright King offers sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance when you’re faced with a criminal investigation. When your freedom and reputation is at stake, the right legal representation makes all the difference when you need defence against criminal charges

Our renowned Criminal Investigation Solicitors can help you with:

  • Police investigations
  • HMRC investigations
  • Immigration authority investigations
  • Department of Work and Pension investigations
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations
  • RSPCA investigations
  • Professional body investigations, including the General Medical Council, Trading Standards, Trademark Protection, Environmental Protection, Local Authorities, Financial Services Authority and more

Criminal investigation solicitors available 24/7

No matter what you’re under investigation for, or how complex your case, our Criminal Defence Lawyers are available when you need them most. You can call on us 24 hours a day, seven days a week for reliable legal advice and guidance throughout your case.

We will scrutinise any evidence against you, in detail, and ensure that any investigation follows the proper rules and procedures. We are committed to giving you the best possible defence to help clear your name, protect your reputation and safeguard your future.

Unique advocacy services

We can represent you at every stage of your case. Our unique advocacy services give you legal representation from the police station through to the Higher Courts. When you need us most, we will be there with the legal know-how and calm head to guide you through any investigation.

Why choose Cartwright King for defence against criminal investigations?

As one of the biggest criminal defence firms in the country, you’ll have access to an arsenal of legal support fighting your corner – no judgement, just determined legal representation that’s focused on you.

When faced with criminal charges, you need a solicitor that knows what they’re doing, understands the law concerning the charges you’re faced with and how to defend you against those charges.

70% of our cases involve defending against criminal charges. Our reputation is built on successfully clearing people accused of criminal activity. We’re trusted, resourceful  and calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on. 

Benefit from a free, initial telephone conversation

If you suspect that you’re going to be investigated, or you’re already under investigation, having the right legal representation is the difference when it comes to clearing your name. Starting with a free initial phone discussion, Cartwright King can take instructions for your case, anywhere across the UK. 

There’s no substitute for speaking to a specialist Criminal Investigation Solicitor when you’re faced with a criminal investigation. For immediate action, call us or email us for your free* initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Criminal Investigation Legal Fees

Cartwright King is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services.

As Legal Aid is means tested, we will provide further advice on public funding from the Legal Aid Agency at your initial meeting with us.

In cases where you may not be eligible for Legal Aid, our Criminal Defence Team offers competitively-priced fee levels, with fixed fees and advance notice of charges whenever possible.

To discuss your eligibility for Legal Aid please call us, or email your enquiry.

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Frequently asked questions.

Any investigation against you will be used to gather evidence. Most investigations start because the investigating authority has strong suspicions of criminal activity taking place. The investigation stage is often key to any criminal case, which is why it’s important that you seek legal advice immediately if you’re under investigation.

Yes. Police station interviews can be intimidating and highly stressful and things you say may be misinterpreted and used against you. Having legal representation at a police station is a must to ensure that your rights are protected while facing questioning.

The length of time police have to charge you depends on the severity of the offence. Summary only offences, such as common assault, have a six-month time limit, but more serious offences, like sexual abuse, have no time limit.

Generally, the police can hold you for up to 24 hours, but there are exceptions – for example, if you’re arrested on suspicion of terrorism. If you are released while under investigation, you will be notified of the outcome.