Information you might find useful – serious crime

The graver the crime the more resources that are put into investigating and prosecuting it. That doesn't mean that the prosecution have got it right. You need a team that has the expertise to understand and challenge evidence as it applies to your case.

Defending Serious Crime

These cases differ from other cases in that the prosecution will investigate in far greater detail than other cases.

Expert evidence becomes far more important. A telephone expert might comment on where a telephone was located and why it is important to suggest that someone was present at the scene of a crime, or in contact with a co-accused. DNA analysis might suggest an accused had contact with an item at the scene of the crime, or touched a weapon. Handwriting analysis might support the assertion that an accused prepared a forged document. Expert evidence can be open to interpretation and while the prosecution might want to use it to demonstrate guilt it can be possible to use it to show an equally plausible account is an innocent account.

Police sometimes engage in undercover operations that can include covert surveillance and the use of informants. This can pose real difficulties for an accused, particularly when the prosecution seek to rely on public interest immunity to withold material from the defence. In these circumstances it may be open to challenge the prosecution application on the basis that material exists that would demonstrate an accused was not involved in crime.

In other cases the prosecution might seek to rely on joint enterprise to establish guilt. Presence at a crime scene does not make an otherwise innocent person guilty, but the prosecution might try to prove more.

We have solicitors with  vast expertise in these and other evidential matters.

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