Helpful Information

Being arrested and charged by Police can be an extremely daunting and scary process, especially when it is the first time that you are experiencing a situation such as this.

The Criminal Lawyers at James Dowlsey and Associates understand the fears, confusion and uncertainty that many clients experience during a criminal prosecution case and do their utmost to make the entire process as stress free and as easy as possible for you.

Going to Court for a Criminal Charge - What Happens Now?

  • If you have been charged with a criminal offence our recommendation is, firstly, to call a specialist Criminal Defence Lawyer as soon as possible. Seeking legal advice early, preferably before you have given a police statement, can be crucial to the outcome of your case.

  • When you were charged the Police will have given you a Charge Sheet. If they did not you need to get a copy of this. You (or your lawyer) can call the relevant Police Station to acquire a copy of this sheet. You will also want to see the Police Prosecution File – this details the case and charges against you.

  • The next step is to decide, with the help of your lawyer, whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty. Your Lawyer can go through the details your charge sheet with you and outline what the best options would be for your particular situation.

Below you will find information about Going to Court to face Criminal Charges and What You need to do.


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If you think you may be charged or if the police are wanting to search your property please call us straight away.    Before you speak to police!  

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