Richard Freeman, Emergency Lawyer’s solicitor advocate, has represented clients in a large number of notable High Court cases. He has defended clients against charges of rape, fire-raising, armed robbery, serious assault, attempted murder, serious drug offences, human-trafficking, conspiracy to murder, culpable and reckless behaviour, breach of copyright, downloading graphic underage images, torture, and abduction. Often Freeman’s objections to prejudicial evidence during these trials resulted in clients avoiding conviction.
Where the Crown can get a case to jury, the jury still has to be persuaded beyond reasonable doubt of the accused’s guilt. We capitalise on our extensive expertise to instil that doubt in the jury’s mind. We bring this level of dedication to all our clients, whether in the High Court, the Sheriff Court, or the Justice of the Peace Court, where we practice on a daily basis..
REVERSAL OF FORTUNES
What initially appears to be a serious offence can very often be reduced to a much more minor one. Even those accused of serious offences can avoid prison, if there are mitigating circumstances – either to do with the offence itself, such as provocation; or relating to the personal circumstances of the accused, such as his or her good character, professional standing or unblemished record.
Examples of How Emergency Lawyers’ Expert Defence has Helped Our Clients Avoid Prison:
- A client in his 50s instructed us in a fraud case. The Department of Work and Pensions alleged that our client defrauded them by claiming in excess of £40,000 over a number of years, while he was working. Because of evidential difficulties and the client’s account of what took place, the crown accepted a plea of guilty to a lesser figure of £20,000. Generally, this would still result in a jail sentence. We were, however, able to persuade the court not to impose a prison sentence and instead our client received a community based disposal.
- A teenage client consulted us in relation to a charge of downloading graphic underage content. The police raided his house with a search warrant and seized his computers, which were found to contain many illegal pictures and videos of children. This case was prosecuted in a solemn procedure trial – i.e., by a sheriff and jury – because the Crown took the view that it could merit a term of imprisonment. After we addressed the sheriff at length, he was persuaded to impose a non-custodial sentence, known as a community payback order, because of the mitigating circumstances relating to the accused.
- A client was charged with driving her car at a taxi driver, who was on foot. She collided with his leg, forcing him onto the road. The taxi driver had followed her after she drove away from the scene of another accident. After hearing the extenuating circumstances of the offence and the personal circumstances of the accused, the sheriff was persuaded to take the rare step of disposing of the case by way of an absolute discharge.
- A client was prosecuted for his involvement in the supply of class A drugs. He was caught in possession of drugs, and drug-processing equipment, collectively worth over £200,000. Under continued surveillance, he was observed going into his rented premises in which he kept drugs, before producing more drugs from the boot of his car. The police later found even more high value drugs in the boot. This case was destined for the High Court, and the Crown was attempting to secure a plea of guilty. After we examined the case, it became apparent that the police procedure was badly flawed. The Crown conceded this and raised the case in the sheriff court for a much lesser amount of drugs. Instead of getting a High Court sentence of circa 10 years, our client was given 18 months and released after 4.
We could provide many more examples, but hope we have made our point: very often a prison sentence looks inevitable but can be avoided with the right legal defence. Your case might even be dropped completely. If you have been charged, do not hesitate to call or message Emergency Lawyers for a free consultation!