There are many reasons for instructing a specialist solicitor to assist you with your legal case.
An obvious and common one, is that as a lay person you simply don’t have the knowledge that specialists do in this field. It’s a natural and very sensible decision to turn to an expert who understands the legal system, has the knowledge of suitable defences, and the experience of successfully presenting cases.
Another reason is the fear that many people feel when they realise they will have to appear in Court. Our clients are always good people with minimal, if any, previous involvement with the legal system. The reality of appearing in Court is terrifying, and we can make the process faster, easier and stress-free. In some circumstances we can even appear in Court instead of the client altogether, which is a huge benefit to many people.
There is another reason why you should instruct a specialist solicitor, and many people unfamiliar with the legal world are not aware of this.
The fact is, that as a defendant charged with an offence, you are fighting your case against the large and powerful Crown Prosecution Service. You are one person entering the legal system, and your case will be at the forefront of your mind. It is likely that you will feel that the case hands over your head from the first moment you learn of the potential charge, until the final hearing when the case is concluded.
Our clients are often incredibly worried and have difficulty sleeping and eating. Personal relationships may break down as a result of the case, your job or whole career may be at risk, and the case will be all-consuming.
It is fair, therefore, to expect that your case has similar importance to the people on the other side of the story – the prosecution service. These are the people, after all, who will be building and presenting the case against you. They should, surely, be organised and efficient and follow the guidelines set out by the Court – as you will have to as the defendant – to ensure that your case is heard fairly.
While this is the ideal, it is very rarely the reality.
A recent government-commissioned review has revealed that “defence practitioners throughout England and Wales reported problems with the lack of case ownership and morale within the CPS”.
It is certainly an experience that we can also confirm as being the norm, sadly.
Swift progress of a client’s case usually requires daily chasing by us of the prosecution service. Deadlines set out for them by the Court are often ignored. Delays are very commonly caused by their inability to review cases ahead of hearings. Prosecutors often arrive at Court unaware of their cases, certainly without having prepared in advance. Prosecutors are often agent barristers given no time to read or prepare cases ahead of hearings.
Put simply, anyone defending themselves without representation, will have to not only prepare their case, but also badger the prosecution service to ensure that they are following the procedure the Court requires.
The amount of time and effort that this takes is considerable.
Luckily, with Forrest Williams on your side, all of this work is included in the fixed fee that we quote you for the whole of your case. We do not charge for every letter or phone call as we do not consider this to be fair – you need to know the total amount that your case will cost.
Facing a charge for a motoring matter is stressful enough.
Don’t increase your worry by trying to manage the case alone.
Get the experts on your side.
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