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McSporrans Defence Lawyers We are highly regarded Edinburgh Criminal Solicitors & Legal Aid Lawyers specialising in all types of criminal defence, from road traffic offences to murder and from fraud to offensive behaviour at football matches. We are McSporrans; Edinburgh criminal solicitors & legal aid lawyers offering advice and expert legal representation to anyone charged with a crime in Scotland, from road traffic offences to murder.

We can help you round the clock. Contact us to speak to a solicitor today. Don't worry if you are arrested or charged in the early hours of the morning or during the weekend - we make it our business to provide advice and assistance whenever you need it. Our solicitors are ready to fight your corner. Based in Edinburgh, we also help people from Livingston, South Queensferry, Bathgate, Linlithgow and across Lothian in Scotland and beyond.

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read more › We are an established Edinburgh law firm with a city centre presence providing criminal legal aid advice. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our Edinburgh solicitors. Andrew has more than 20 years experience of appearing in Courts throughout Scotland. In 2004 Andrew qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate which allows him to conduct the most serious cases in the High Court of Justiciary. Personable, professional and experienced he can progress your case through every stage of the court system.

read more › If you have been charged with an offence in Scotland it is essential to get sound legal advice from a top criminal lawyer as soon as possible. Defences that might be pled include the concepts of self-defence, alibi, insanity or diminished responsibility. Scottish solicitors can advise on whether any of these defences may be relevant to the case and whether they may lead to a reduced sentence or, if they are complete defences, free the accused from any criminal liability. Criminal defence practitioners advise clients on any criminal law or criminal procedure queries they may have including fixed penalties, extradition, custody attendance, assistance with police interviews, preparation of defences and criminal procedure and potential outcomes arising from a criminal charge for any of the above types of criminal liability.

read more › Assault is defined in Scots Law as a deliberate attack upon another person with evil or wicked intent. It follows that an assault cannot be committed accidentally or even recklessly. Some assault charges can be aggravated by an averment of causing injury, severe injury, permanent disfigurement (such as scarring) or impairment. If you are charged with assault, you should seek advice and representation from a suitably experienced criminal lawyer to explore any relevant issues such as self-defence, provocation and intent.

read more › If you have been issued with a fixed penalty notice, McSporrans can help. The authorities are increasingly using financial penalties including 'on the spot fines' as an alternative to prosecution to deal with low-level crime. These are known as 'direct measures' and allow the police and Procurator Fiscal to issue fines directly, without the need for Court proceedings. If a fine is issued by the police, it is known as a 'fixed penalty notice'. If a fine is issued by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, it is known as a 'Fiscal Fine'.

read more › If you have been charged with a sectarian offence, a racially aggravated offence or any other 'hate crime', McSporrans can help. Our expert criminal defence lawyers based in Edinburgh have an excellent track record in defending clients charged with offences said to be aggravated by religious, racial or homophobic prejudice. Following a number of high-profile incidents centred in particular around Old Firm matches and in light of concerns about bilious sectarian postings and threats on social media, the Scottish Government brought forward legislation to deal with what was widely perceived to be a blight on Scottish society and culture.

read more › Fraud is a crime of dishonesty. Under the common law of Scotland, a fraud is committed where it can be shown that a pretence or false representation achieves a definite practical result. It is not necessary, therefore, to show that money, goods or services were obtained by any false pretence, although that is by far the most common scenario. Some offences involving fraud are prosecuted under statute such as Benefit Fraud which is covered by the Social Security Administration Act 1992. In cases of benefit fraud, you can be prosecuted for fraudulently obtaining benefits by making false declarations about your circumstances or if you fail to declare a change in your circumstances which affects your entitlement to benefits.

read more › Offences relating to possession, supply and production of controlled drugs are generally prosecuted under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. If you have been charged with an offence under this Act, call us now on 0131 557 9151. We can advise on your eligibility for Legal Aid. Controlled drugs are divided into different 'classes' for the purposes of the Act and the type of drug will have a bearing on the approach taken by the prosecution and the Court. Cannabis was recently reclassified as a Class 'B' drug.

read more › It goes without saying that Murder is an extremely serious offence with which to be charged. If you or a loved one need legal advice in relation a charge of murder, contact us on 0131 557 9151 immediately. Legal Aid will almost always be available in such cases. Murder is an assault which results in death, where it can be shown that the accused either intended to kill or acted with 'wicked recklessness'. If you think you require legal advice please get in touch. Call us today on 0131 557 9151 (24hrs) for a free, no obligation discussion.

read more › The law relating to rape and other sexual offences has been largely consolidated in a single Act of the Scottish Parliament - The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009. Part One of the 2009 Act puts the traditionally common law offence of rape on a statutory footing and introduces other new offences of penetrative sexual assault and coercing a person to engage in or be present during sexual activity. This Part of the Act also deals with offences of communicating indecently, voyeurism and sexual exposure.

read more › Theft is a crime in Scots Law which can broadly be defined as: the taking (or appropriation) of the property of another without the owner's consent and with the intent to deprive them of that property. In essence, to prove a charge of theft, the prosecution has to show beyond reasonable doubt that you took property belonging to someone else without their permission and with deliberate, dishonest intent. You cannot commit a theft accidentally. It is possible to be prosecuted for 'theft by finding' where a person finds or appropriates property and keeps it without taking reasonable steps to establish whether the property has an owner by, for example, handing it in to the police.

read more › Road traffic offences may include the areas of drink driving, driving offences, speeding tickets or any other element of road traffic law. Cases involving dangerous driving, careless driving, speeding and possible disqualification under 'totting up' are governed by the Road Traffic Acts. Such offences can have a disastrous effect on life at home, and at work. If you have been charged with an offence in Scotland it is essential to get sound legal advice from a top criminal lawyer as soon as possible.

read more › Given an increasing number of speed cameras and traffic patrols in Edinburgh, Livingston, East Lothian, West Lothian and the Borders an increasing number of people living and working in these areas, and Scotland in general, are being caught speeding. For free initial advice on all aspects of the law in Scotland as it relates to speeding offences, contact us today. Our expert road traffic solicitors are ready to take your call. The fixed penalty is a maximum fine of 60 with three to six penalty points' endorsement on the driver's licence.

read more › If you have been disqualified from driving you may be entitled, in certain circumstances, to apply to the Court to have your disqualification removed so that your driving licence can be restored early. In general terms, the Court hearing the application will look at the character of the applicant and in particular their behaviour since the disqualification was imposed. In deciding whether or not to remove the disqualification, the Court will also have regard to the nature of the offence as well as any other relevant circumstances.

read more › In spite of the fact that Scotland is a separate jursidiction from England & Wales, with a different judicial system, the Road Traffic Act 1988 is applied here in the same way. All the main motoring offences are defined and detailed within the Road Traffic Act, including speeding and drink driving and we can advise on all aspects of its applcation and interpretation. Today the jurisdictional differences between Scotland and England and Wales have little effect in the application of Road Traffic Law and driving offences will be treated in much the same way.

read more › Legal Aid is a vital component of Scotland's justice system. The provision of Legal Aid ensures that people who are otherwise unable to afford legal representation obtain access to justice. Legal Aid is met through public funds. Applications for Legal Aid are administered by the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB), based in Edinburgh. If you are facing prosecution in a Court in Scotland, you may qualify for funding of legal costs (often in their entirety) under the Legal Aid scheme. Applications are made through solicitors who are registered to provide Criminal Legal Assistance by SLAB.

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