Auriga Advocates are specialists in dealing with motoring offence through the court system and can assist you through the entire process by taking away the stress of going to court on the offence you face.
The system can be completely daunting and confusing. You may think that seems very unfair and unjust in the way your case is being dealt with and you would have a point. You may be both anxious and frightened if you have not been through the process before.
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Most motoring offences will be considered in the Magistrates Court with the exception of the most serious offences such as dangerous driving, serious injury cases or fatality cases which will start in the Magistrates Court before being sent to the Crown Court.
What is the Magistrates Court?
The Magistrates court is the lowest of the criminal courts and where all offences start. They deal only with the more minor offences which carry no more than 6 months imprisonment.
All offences start in the Magistrates Court but the more serious will be sent to the Crown court for sentence or trial.
Who will make a decision on my case in the Magistrates court?
This is usually lay magistrates who are members of the local community who volunteer their services. They only get expenses but are trained at a basic level. They will usually be guided by the legal advisor who is legally qualified. They will normally sit in three’s.
However, there is an increased use of District Judges who are legally qualified and sit alone.
What is the Crown Court?
The Crown Court deals with more serious cases which usually carry lengthy terms of imprisonment.
Just because your case is going to the Crown Court does not mean that imprisonment will be your penalty as it depends on the circumstances and outcome of your case.
All these cases are sent from the Magistrates.
Who will make the decision in the Crown Court?
If you are being sentenced then the decision will be made by a Judge.
If you are being tried then the Judge will govern the proceedings, but it will be a jury of twelve people selected from the electoral roll who will decide on your guilt or innocence.
I was at court and my case was sent to the Crown Court but my solicitor did not argue my case, why was that?
Often, it is difficult for those not appearing regularly in court to understand that on occasion very little is said.
When a case appears before the Magistrates Court for a decision on whether the case should be heard in the Magistrates Court or the Crown, or, it is an offence which only the Crown Court can hear, then there is very little to say about any defence. This is because the only decision that needs to be made is where the case should be heard.
The only time your solicitor would make any representation, is if they disagree with the proposed court venue. Even then little would be said on evidence or your defence.
I have been asked to decide which Court I want to hear the case but I really don't know what to do?
Before reaching your plea, you should really get expert advice. The decision to enter a “Not Guilty” plea for such a serious offence without advice could prove disastrous.
Some offences are triable either in the Magistrates or the Crown Court and it is a difficult decision to make as to which is the best court for you.
If you are facing
- The Magistrates can be biased in favour of the prosecution and their conviction rates are high.
- The majority of them are white, middle-class and middle-aged so the conviction rate would come as no surprise that 95% of defendants going through the Magistrates Court are convicted.
- However, the same is not true of the Crown Court. A case will be tried by 12 members of the public, who have not volunteered and come from all walks of life.
- The result is that the conviction rates are much lower and your chance of acquittal much higher.
You can get some free advice by calling one of the specialist solicitors, who will discuss your options and ensure we reach the right decision for the best outcome in your case.
If I do not like the decision can I appeal?
Yes you can either appeal against sentence or conviction or both. The procedure will depend on which court hears you case.
To read more about appealing see our APPEAL page.
Not Sure what to do next?
If you are charged with the offence of dangerous driving you will be devastated and also fearful for the impact any penalty imposed would have on your family and work. You do not need to go through this alone we can support you every step of the way. Explaining the evidence in terms you can understand and helping you understand the procedure you will go through in court.
One of our legal team will be more than happy to discuss your options and your concerns FREE OF CHARGE.
Between us we will reach the right option for you.
We will not charge you a penny until you instruct us to act for you and offer an instalment payment plan to make it easier for you financially.
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