Plead Guilty or not in Front of the Court in UK

Updated on Tuesday 18th October 2016

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If you are thinking about pleading guilty or not in the case of an offence in the court of law, you might need the help of our defence solicitors in London. The defendant should plead guilty to a smaller offence and he should have the possible implications indicated first.  The solicitor in London will help you to put across your side of the story, which could also have an influence on the probable sentence that the court will give.

Credit for guilty pleas

In many cases, if you plead guilty to an offence, you will get a minor condemnation than if you are found guilty after the trial. Depending on the phase of your case when you enter your guilty plea, you can get a reduction of up to one-third of your punishment. This applies to fines, sentences of detention and community orders and our defence attorneys in London will guide you through the entire process.

Basis of plea

The lawyer may advise his client to plead guilty “on a basis”, in front of the Law Court. This is a document that sets out the proofs that the client is ready to agree to and is signed by him and the defence solicitor in London. If the hearing agrees to it, then the prosecutor will also sign it. If not, the client can still submit a basis of plea and give it to the magistrate, but it will not have as much importance if the prosecution declines to sign it.


Once you plead guilty, you are condemned and this means that you may be put on judge’s remand awaiting your punishing hearing. A remand detainee is an un-convicted prisoner. A convict on judge’s remand has pleaded guilty but has not been condemned yet.

Types of sentences

There are many different types of sentences that the court of law can give you, from an absolute discharge, which means no penalty at all, to a life punishment. There are also conditional fines, discharges, regulations, public orders, intermittent custody and imprisonment, amongst others. The client can also be bound over to keep the peace or, if he admits guiltiness at the police station, he could be given a caution, which will remain on the criminal record and it won’t be necessary for him/her to be presented in the court of law. If you are in any doubt about whether you should plead guilty or not, you should definitely ask for legal counsel.

Our team of defence solicitors in London can offer proper guidance and legal assistance if you want to plead guilty or not in front of the court, so please feel free to contact us.


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