If you’re charged with an offence or you’re facing prosecution it’s vital you seek legal advice to help guide you through the complexities of the justice system. Legal aid is usually available to help with your legal costs, however, there are situations when you’ll have to pay for a solicitor or barrister to represent you.
What is legal aid?
Legal aid is financial assistance, provided by the government, to help you meet the cost of legal advice and representation in court.
Can I get legal aid?
Anyone being interviewed by the Police is entitled to representation by a Solicitor of their choice for free. You must always exercise this right as it can materially affect the outcome. To be eligible for legal aid at court you have to demonstrate that your problem is serious and that you can’t afford to pay your legal costs. Our solicitors can advise you on your prospects of receiving legal aid and how to apply for it.
What can I get through legal aid?
If you qualify, you’d get advice on your rights and options as well as help with the preparation of paperwork. You’d also get advice at a police station in addition to a solicitor or barrister preparing your case and representing you in court.
Will legal aid cover all my costs?
Legal aid may not cover all your costs. In some instances you may have to pay some of the fees up front. Speak to one of our solicitors who’ll be able to advise you on whether you’re eligible and what, if anything, you’re likely to have to pay for.
What is private representation?
This is when you pay for the services of a solicitor or barrister to act for you at a police station or represent you in a court of law.