Criminal Law

crime1Our quality instructions and quality investigation of your criminal law case are critical to good legal representation of you as a client. Our attention to detail, good communication skills, and ability to listen carefully assists the good judgment required to achieve success in seeking justice for you in criminal law matters. We act in your absolute best interests. This is non-negotiable in our system of justice. Our office staff are trained and experienced to serve you.

We approach each case with an open mind and we are committed to finding flaws and anomalies in the prosecution case. Reality does not always support belief, and illusions pervade the minds of even the most conscientious, including police officers. Whether untrained for the task, lack supervision or simply a bad day that affected the objective investigation of your  case we use the law and the courts to obtain free access to material held by the police in your case. Innocent people will be convicted if the prosecution fails to disclose material which will or might enable them to demonstrate their innocence. Non disclosure, or late disclosure, will result in prejudicing the case of the prosecution. This is a vital safeguard of the innocent citizen and is there to prevent the success of false accusation. That said, if convicted on the basis of a finding beyond reasonable doubt, a standard of proof required in all serious criminal cases, the client must then be assured of due process (lawful procedure) and not excessively penalised.

We take a systematic approach to the case from the time of taking first instructions examining the process by which the prosecution evidence came into existence. We determine what evidence ought have been collected and made available for your defence. Such are the skills, knowledge and understandings that you require in representation for an effective remedy when seeking justice. We engage expert witnesses you require.

If you require assistance in the police station because you are a possible suspect for an alleged crime we, of necessity, are skillful in negotiating the injurious effects of being charged with an offence or securing your release from custody whether charged or not. Knowledge of the early stages of arrest and charge and other circumstances of the investigation are vital and necessary and we strive to be present at police stations for you to prevent the future defence of your case being placed in jeopardy.

It is always wise and prudent to refuse any information or reply to police officers until after the arrival of your lawyer to consult with you there. An exception to that rule would be where some person would be in immediate fear for their life or of serious harm. To that extent your duty to cooperate should be clear.

When investigating and processing your case through the courts we may consult and engage a barrister at law, depending on the seriousness and the issues in the case. This lawyer is a court advocate who usually is employed on your behalf for cases that must be heard in higher courts. All information obtained from you is treated with strict confidentiality in accordance with law. Members of the police body in the Republic of Ireland are called “An Garda Siochana”. Each member is known as a “Garda”. “An Garda Siochana” is translated to “Peace Guards” or “Guardians of the Peace”. They are the national police force. We represent you by ensuring that they and the state prosecution advocates have carried out their duties correctly in your case.