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Criminal Law

If you've been charged with a crime, it is crucial you get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. Our criminal team are highly experienced in handling the most difficult and sensitive of cases, and pride ourselves on getting you the best results.

24-hour Criminal Lawyer in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee

Our criminal team are specialists in all areas of crime, from road traffic offences to fraud, whether you require Legal Aid, or are privately funded. We operate a 24 hour, 7 days a week service, and will be on hand to provide advice quickly where you need it, when you need it.

We can help you with:

  • breach of the peace
  • sectarian offences
  • drugs offences
  • offensive weapon offences
  • assault
  • theft
  • fraud
  • football banning orders
  • sexual offences
  • attempted murder
  • murder
  • culpable homicide
  • proceeds of crime offences
  • public order offences
  • corporate crime
  • white collar offences
  • Downloading offences


Our team are in Court every day defending clients. The sheriff court is where the less serious offences are dealt with. The Sheriff Court in summary procedures (where a judge or magistrate hears the case) can sentence an accused for a maximum of twelve months, and impose a fine of up to £10,000.  In solemn procedure, (where a judge sits with a jury), the Sherriff Court has a sentencing power of up to five years and can impose a fine of any amount. The high court is where serious crimes are heard – such as murder and rape. There are no limits on the length of prison sentences in the high court, or on the amount of any fine imposed.  The Justice of the Peace Court hears only minor summary cases. The maximum sentence is sixty days in prison or and fines go up to £2500. The vast majority of cases in Scotland are heard in summary procedure.

We operate in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Paisley, East Kilbride, Livingston, Hamilton, Cumbernauld, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Ayr, Perth, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Coatbridge, Greenock, Glenrothes, Airdrie, Stirling and Falkirk.

The Procurator Fiscal will usually decide whether your case should go to court and which court your case should be heard in. Usually, Sheriff Court or Justice of the Peace Court cases are held in the court closest to where the crime was committed. High Court cases are heard in the High Court in Edinburgh or Scotland or Aberdeen, and in some cases the High Court may also sit in a town or city near where the crime happened.

Comparatively, the law and procedure for criminal defence matters in England & Wales is significantly different. For advice on criminal defence in England & Wales see https://www.criminaldefencebristolandbath.co.uk/ .  

For more legal information on criminal law and criminal defence in Scotland see https://www.unlockthelaw.co.uk/scottish-criminal-law.html .

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Being faced with charges can be a very stressful time for you and those around you.  We will always strive to get you the best possible outcome. To speak to one of our criminal team, get in touch today. We understand you may need advice quickly and are therefore available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us now on 0808 278 0545.

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