Owen White & Catlin has a substantial representation for the tenacious defence of cases of serious crime which are tried before the Crown Court. The firm undertakes the detailed preparation of the defence of such cases where matters proceed to trial.
This will involve a detailed assessment and examination of the prosecution case and the marshalling of a client's defence, including obtaining evidence from defence and expert witnesses. Where clients plead guilty, we assist in the preparation of detailed mitigation for presentation before the Court to assist as to sentence.
We have a number of Solicitor Advocates and in-house Counsels who act as advocates in the Crown Court. The firm also instructs independent Barristers to act in such cases. The firm has acted in many high profile cases over the years, acting for clients charged with the most serious criminal offences, including:
- Murder & manslaughter
- Drug supply
- Theft & Handling Stolen property
- Firearms offences
- Terrorism Offences
- Sex offences
We have specialist lawyers who are experienced in defending those accused of sexual offences. These range from matters relating to prostitution through to pornography, gross indecency, indecent assault, child sex offences and rape. Recently we successfully defended someone on the grounds of sexomnia; raping someone whilst asleep.
Our lawyers have extensive experience of defending those accused of violent crime, ranging from allegations of obstructing a police officer, assault and battery ("common assault"), causing actual bodily harm ("ABH"), causing grievous bodily harm ("GBH") though to murder. Perhaps yours is a case of mistaken identity? Perhaps the complainant is lying, or you were acting in self-defence? We can help you achieve justice and get you the best possible result.
If the charge is drugs related, whatever the scale of the alleged operation, we will ensure that you are represented by an experience lawyer who has the back-up of our considerable resources. Whether you are arrested for possession of a small amount of cannabis, or charged with the importation of heroin or cocaine following an extensive police investigation, there is no other criminal defence practice which is better placed to ensure you a favourable result.