CRIMINAL LAW LIGITATION
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CRIMINAL LAW LIGITATION
Scope of Work
Comprehensive and Personalized Legal Advice on the Law
Liaison with the Police
Making Representations to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for the Withdrawal or Reduction of Charges
Interviewing Witnesses and Collation of Evidence for Trial
Preparation and Submission of Mitigation Pleas
Areas of Criminal Law
- Offences against public tranquillity such as affray and unlawful assembly
- Offences by or relating to public servants
- False evidence and offences against public justice such as giving false evidence and making false statements
- Offences affecting life such as murder and manslaughter
- Offences affecting the human body such as rape, outrage of modesty, causing grievous hurt, using criminal force and assault
- Offences against property such as vandalism, theft, robbery, criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery and corruption
- Offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act
- Immigration offences such as harbouring or employing illegal immigrants
- Offences under the Films Act
- Offences relating to computer crimes
- Registry of Companies and Businesses offences
- Traffic offences
Frequently Asked Questions
When a person is faced with a criminal charge, it is important that the person seeks prompt legal advice on the situation he faces so that he is able to make an informed decision on the course of action he should take. Questions which require due consideration include:–
- What is the nature of the charge against me?
- Did I commit an offence in the first place?
- Is the offence compoundable (i.e. can it be settled out of court)?
- Is the charge preferred against me appropriate in the circumstances?
- Is the charge preferred against me fair or unfair in the circumstances?
- What is plea bargaining?
- What is “making a representation to the AG’s Chambers”?
- Can the charge preferred against me be reduced or withdrawn?
- Should I plead guilty to the charge or claim trial?
- What are the consequences of my pleading guilty to the charge?
- What are the consequences of my being convicted of the charge?
- What are my mitigating factors?
- What punishments do I face upon pleading guilty or being convicted of the charge?
- What effects might my conviction have on my life, my future, my career, my current employment, and my reputation?
- Will my family, relatives and friends know about the case?
- Will my case be reported in the newspapers?
- What is my best and worst case scenarios?
- What is my likely sentence?
- What’s going to happen between now and my court appearance?
- Can I leave the country for work or business whilst my case is pending?
- Is there anything I can do to “damage-control” in the meantime?
- How should I behave in court?
- What should I say or not say in court?
- Will I make things worse if I say the “wrong” things in court?
- Do I need a lawyer? **
** The answer to the last question is “NO” if you know the answers to the other questions! Contrary to the saying, ignorance is not bliss and as another saying goes, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Are you wasting precious time in blissful ignorance when you could be taking certain actions to mitigate the situation? Are you worrying about any of the above issues unnecessarily? Information is the key to peace of mind. The earlier you seek legal advice, the more time you and your counsel would have to deal with the problem. Don’t waste precious time–seek legal advice as soon as possible.