The Crime department at Broudie Jackson Canter Solicitors in Liverpool was established as long ago as 1960. Our specialist criminal lawyers have extensive knowledge and expertise in most criminal matters. We are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

With over 50 years experience of dealing with criminal matters, you can rest assured that you will benefit from a first class professional service.

Q. What criminal matters can you help me with?

Broudie Jackson Canter can help you with most criminal matters - from simple road traffic incidents to benefit fraud to serious crimes. We offer a complete legal service from arrest through to trial. This includes:

  • Police station advice
  • Magistrate's Court representation
  • Crown Court representation
  • Criminal Appeals (but generally only if we have represented you in the earlier proceedings).

We can also advise you in respect of interviews where the police are not involved such as interviews at the Benefits Office and other Government Agencies. In particular it is important that people are represented at an early stage in interviews regarding potential benefit fraud as it is essential to emphasise any defence at an early stage. We have a specialist Welfare Benefits department that can advise you on your entitlement. Legal Aid is available for these interviews but depends on means but even if you have to pay it can be well worth it in the long run.

Q. What should I do if I am arrested?

First of all you are entitled to free legal representation at the police station or if the interview is conducted by the police. This applies if you have been arrested or are voluntarily attending an interview. If you are arrested, tell the Police your solicitors are Broudie Jackson Canter and one of our specialist criminal law advisors will be happy to help. Remember, we are on call 24 hours a day. The good news is that, legal advice and assistance in the police station is free, no matter how much money you have.

Q. How long will my case take?

Courts work quickly these days. If you plead guilty in the Magistrates Court, you could be dealt with in a few days but certainly within 3 to 4 weeks. If you plead not guilty, your trial in the Magistrates Court is likely to take place within 3-6 months. If your case goes to the Crown Court, it can take up to 9 months or longer.

Q. What happens if I am convicted?

Our experienced criminal lawyers will advise you on the merits of an appeal and if appropriate will take the necessary action on your behalf if you wish.

Q. And if I am acquitted?

If you are acquitted, we will refer you to our specialist Actions against the Police Department. They will then advise you on the merits of a civil claim for compensation.

Q. How much will it cost me?

Legal Aid in police interviews is free.

Legal Aid in other pre-charge interviews is means tested.

Legal Aid for cases in the Magistrates Court is now means tested and also depends on the merits of your case.

In order to apply for Legal Aid we need your National Insurance Number and details of the type and amount of benefit you receive.

Documentary evidence of this may be required.

If you work we need your most recent wage slip (the last 3 may be required). You will also have to provide details of all Bank/Building Society accounts and statements for the last 3 months. Other documentary evidence of income and outgoings may be required in individual cases. If you are married or live with a partner, we need this information from them as well.

If you pass the means test legal aid is free but if you do not pass the means test legal aid will be refused.

Legal Aid in the Crown Court is now means tested as well and the same information is required as for the Magistrates Court. In the Crown Court the difference is that subject to your means you can be ordered to pay a contribution towards your own legal costs as the case proceeds.

You may always be ordered to contribute towards the Prosecution costs of bringing the case if you are convicted.

This is now much more complex than it used to be and we will try to make it as simple as possible for you.

Q. What if I do not get Legal Aid?

You will be advised of the likely costs of pursuing your case if you wish to pay us to act on your behalf and we will explain in detail our relevant terms of business and how payment can be arranged.

Q. What if English is not my first language?

We can provide an interpreter for most languages. Please tell us that you need this service when you first contact us.

Q. What if I have hearing difficulties?

We can arrange for a sign language interpreter to help. Please give us plenty of notice to arrange for this service.

Q. Where can I come and see you?

Our Criminal department is based at 27 Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2HD  in the City Centre. If you have difficulties travelling to Dale Street we can see you by arrangement at our Walker House at Exchange Flags office in Liverpool city centre.

Q. Who is in the department?

The Crime Team comprises Steve Rogers, Paul Thompson, Ken Heckle, Esther Leach, Phil Lieb, Rebecca Templeman, Vicky Dagnall, (who are all Solicitors) Darren Holt, Jo McCormick, Vicki McLaughlin (who are all Accredited Clerks) Paul Bowsley (who is a Solicitors' Clerk) and David Crone (Criminal Law Clerk).

We also have close connections with other tried and tested and trusted individuals and organisations who will assist us as required.