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Pickwick Solicitors is a small and specialist criminal defence firm. We hold a criminal legal aid contract, but we can also be instructed on a private basis. We represent clients at the police station, Magistrates' Court and Crown Court, all the way though to the Court of Appeal. We represent clients in relation to all criminal offences, from the most minor to the most serious offences.

We also specialise in driving offences. Chris has practiced criminal law for over 25 years. He has been a Duty Solicitor for 20 years. He set up Pickwick Solicitors is 2012 and it has grown from strength to strength. Chris specialises in very serious matters from murder to firearms offences. Chris is very experienced in driving matters and is a regular at Magistrates' Courts throughout London and the Home Counties.

In his spare time, Chris likes to watch rugby and is an active member of Woodford RFU. Hazel became a Duty Solicitor in 2018 and is a regular at the London and Home Counties Magistrates' Courts.
Highlights

read more › We offer a 24/7 emergency police station advice and assistance service which is free to everyone. Clients should ask for Pickwick Solicitors at the police station and we will then be contacted via the call centre. The call centre will provide us with a few basic details about the client. We then contact the custody suite and speak to our client. Once the police are ready to interview, we can attend. The police then provide us with Disclosure. This is a summary of the evidence. We will then speak with our client in private and take as much time as is required.

read more › If you are charged with an offence at the police station or you have received a Requisition/Summons in the post, you may be entitled to free advice and representation. Your first step is to contact Pickwick Solicitors who will advise you if you are entitled to legal aid or not. If you do instruct us, we can apply for the case papers. We will meet you at court and advise you in relation to the prosecution evidence. If you decide to plead not guilty then your case will be adjourned for a trial either in the Magistrates'/Youth Court or the Crown Court.

read more › At the Crown Court we will instruct a barrister on your behalf unless you have a preferred choice. We are also very involved at this stage. We will advise you as to the evidence in your matter and keep you up to date. If you are remanded into custody, we will endeavour to see you in prison in person.

read more › The offence relates to driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst being over the prescribed limit. As regards drink driving, it would be a defence to show you were not the driver, or you were not driving on a road/public place. Duress and automatism could amount to a defence as would the use by police of unreliable equipment or if you were to show that alcohol was consumed after driving the vehicle. Special reasons can be argued as to why, although guilty of drink drive, you should not be disqualified.

read more › The Service Police will interview suspects in much the same way as civilian police. If you are being interviewed under caution, then you are entitled to have a solicitor present at your interview. This is a free service and falls within the Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority. Everyone is entitled to free and independent legal advice whilst being detained or invited for an interview. Having a solicitor in your interview is not an indication of guilt. It will not be held against you. If you are being investigated by Service Police, then please call us.

read more › We can represent you at a DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) Investigation. We are very experienced in this area of law and regularly attend Job Centres with our clients for these types of investigations. As soon as you are asked to attend for an interview, contact us and we will speak to the investigator on your behalf. We can then advise you in relation to the allegation and attend with you for your interview if required. The DWP often investigate where they believe there has been an over payment.

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