Criminal Solicitors Barnstaple

Our team of Criminal Solicitors in Barnstaple are on hand to help you if you’re facing charges of criminal offence, facing a driving prosecution, or falling foul of regulatory laws. The team offer a bespoke private client criminal defence service, designed to suit your personal requirements.We can also support you by accompanying you to any police or investigating authority interview, and can deal with representation in court.

Help with criminal investigations and court hearings

Our team of Criminal Solicitors in Barnstaple offer a wide range of specialist legal services when it comes to criminal offences, including assistance from the start of a criminal investigation, all the way through to any court hearings that may follow. We’ll meet you at a police station if you’ve been arrested, or if you’ve arranged a voluntary interview under caution. 

We can also accompany you to interviews relating to benefit over-payments, or regulatory offences such as a breach of planning law. And if matters proceed to a hearing, then we’re on hand to represent you in all the criminal courts; including the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, Youth Court and the Court of Appeal.

A bespoke private client criminal defence service

At Slee Blackwell we do not undertake Legal Aid work for criminal law. Instead, all cases are funded on a bespoke private basis where our services can be tailored to suit your individual requirements and budget. This means that our team of Criminal Solicitors in Barnstaple can focus on the important legal and evidential issues of your case, as well as dedicating all of their resources to securing the best possible outcome for you, without being limited by public funding restrictions.

The team are also happy to offer free initial legal guidance as well as review the options available to you. Because when it comes to criminal law, specialist legal advice is imperative. 

Our extensive criminal defence experience 

The Slee Blackwell team offer decades of experience when it comes to representing clients facing criminal prosecutions, and in that time have developed a wealth of experience across a range of criminal offences. The team also deal regularly with cases involving drugs and alcohol, violence, driving charges, public order, domestic abuse, sexual offences, regulatory and planning issues, theft, and benefit over-payment.

We are entirely independent, but benefit from a constructive working relationship with local police and prosecutors, which regularly enables us to achieve our clients’ goals.

Legal costs

Our solicitors will offer you a clear and detailed estimate of the likely legal costs. 

They are also happy to work to a specified budget, and can tailor their work to your specific requirements.

The team have produced a range of costs estimates in relation to some common driving offences, details of which can be found here.

Recognised experts

At Slee Blackwell we have earned a reputation for our quality legal advice and representation in criminal law. In fact, our solicitor Jen Law was recently invited to appear on BBC Radio Devon to explain the law relating to Public Order offences following a call for MPs to be given greater protection from harassment and abuse.

Areas of Specialism:

If you’re found guilty of drink driving, then the Court has no choice but to impose a minimum 12 month driving ban, as well as either a fine, community order, or even a prison sentence. This is likely to lead to the loss of employment, as well as impact the offender’s family; specialist legal advice and representation is therefore imperative.
If you’ve been charged with a violent offence, it’s essential to know your legal rights. Our team are here to support you through the legal minefield, including specialist advice on ‘self-defence’ arguments.
The courts impose stiff sentences for possession of drugs. So if you are facing prosecution for drug-related charges, we can review the evidence, and focus on the fine distinction between having drugs for your own personal use, instead of the more serious offence of possession with intent to supply.We can also support clients with firearms offences which are taken very seriously, and often carry lengthy custodial sentences.
The two most common forms of benefit fraud are failing to provide information to the council, and dishonestly failing to provide information. The difference in sentencing is often considerable, so it is very important to have expert legal advice.
Breaches of planning law, health and safety transgressions, and animal welfare offences account for some of the most complicated areas of regulatory law, and therefore require expert knowledge to guide anyone facing prosecution through the complexities of the offences.
Facing investigation for a sexual offence can be a frightening and stressful experience. Anyone facing a sexual offence charge (historic or recent) will need expert legal guidance.

Work with our team: