Representation for Minor Offences in UK

Updated on Sunday 18th June 2017

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Local or foreign persons charged with various types of minor offences should know that they can request legal assistance provided by our criminal solicitors in London. Any person, who is accused of committing an act prohibited by the United Kingdom’s legislation and is detained or simply questioned by the UK Police Department, has the right to ask for a defence lawyer for protecting his rights.


Minor offences in the UK

According to the local legislation in the UK, a minor offence can be classified as follow: 

•    minor by their nature;
•    minor, regarding the particular facts of the case. 

As an example, the theft offence may either be considered minor or serious, the fact covering in this way a large range of offendings. Police can consider minor offence the theft of a lower amount of money. If the facts are considered minor, depending on the circumstances of the case the prosecutor will decide what measure will be applied to the suspect. In some cases, a minor offence can involve prosecution. Any person involved in minor offence can request assistance from our team of defence solicitors in London.

Alternatives of disposals for minor offences

A prosecutor has other alternatives instead of sending an offender to custody such as:

•    cautions or conditional cautions;
•    reprimands and final warnings;
•    penalty notices for disorder;
•    no further action.

According to the legislation in the UK, a prosecutor has the legal power to take any action, that he considers appropriate, against the defendant. Although you should know that for some minor offences, even the prosecution would be the appropriate disposal, this fact will depend on the particularities of the case and here we can mention:

•    the nature of the offence;
•    what led the suspect to commit the offence and the way this was committed;
•    previous offences of the suspect, if there is the case;
•    the harm caused or the losses appeared to others, after the offence.

Minor theft offences in the UK

Pickpocketing, shoplifting, street robbery or robbery with no serious implications are considered minor theft offences in the UK. But this doesn’t mean you cannot be kept in custody by the police. If you find yourself in this situation you have the right to defend yourself and to be released on bail until the first hearing in the court of law where you can receive a fine, a sentence, or both, depending on the circumstances and if you have a criminal record.

How can our defence solicitor help you in minor offences charges?

If you have been caught and arrested by the police for a minor offence charge, it is best to ask for legal advice and representation from our defence lawyers in London. Our team has a vast experience in these matters and can help you obtain the best possible result. You can be released on bail and pay a fine instead of going to jail. We remind that if the charges involve a crime, the situation complicates and enters the serious offences category where a full investigation will be mandatory. No matter the accusation, our attorneys in the UK are able to provide you with complete legal support until the charges have been dropped.

The video below can explain how our team of criminal defense solicitors in London can help persons accused of minor offences in UK:


Legal representation in the court of law

Dealing with minor offences in the UK still means you have broken the law, a case where penalties will be enforced. If you are released on bail and you will attend to the court of law to solve your case, make sure to ask for legal representation in front of the magistrates. Our criminal defence lawyer in UK will analyze your case and the circumstances, in order to offer a suitable approach in the court of law and to help you obtain a fine instead of imprisonment. If you are involved in a minor offence case you should know that our team can assist you during this process by providing you recommendations during the meetings with the authorities or applying for bail and, in the case of prosecution, our lawyers can negociate upon your case. 

If you need to be represented in a minor offence case, please contact our team of criminal lawyers in London.


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