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Criminal Law

A dedicated team of criminal defence solicitors

Wheldon Law conducts all aspects of criminal work in courts all over England and Wales.

Criminal defence is what we do best and with many years experience and a proven track record of success, you can rest easy knowing your case could not be in a safer pair of hands.

All of our advocates are fully qualified criminal defence solicitors with a wealth of experience of dealing with a wide range of criminal matters.

We are here to protect your legal rights and ensure you receive the best possible advice and representation every step of the way.

Call us today on 01442 242999 for some free initial advice.


Conspiracy law

Conspiracy is a very serious offence and one that can only be heard in the crown court. If a person is convicted of conspiracy they can usually expect to receive a substantial prison sentence, so it is vital to seek advice from an experienced solicitor at the first possible opportunity.

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Criminal damage

It is an offence under Section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 to damage or destroy property belonging to another, without reasonable excuse. For a person to be guilty of criminal damage they must cause the damage either deliberately or recklessly.
The damage does not have to be permanent and does not even have to be visible, if it affects the value or the performance of the property. An owner can damage his own property if, at the same time, it belongs to someone else (eg. a house with a mortgage).

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Drug offences

Illegal drugs, or controlled substances, are broadly divided into three categories:
Class A, the most serious category, which includes ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.
Class B, which includes cannabis and amphetamines, such as speed.
Class C, which includes anabolic steroids and ketamine.

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Fraud cases vary enormously from simple benefit frauds to complex investment scheme frauds. Many of them involve lengthy investigations, a high volume of documents and often involve computer equipment being seized for analysis which can be both distressing and inconvenient.
In defending these allegations thorough case preparation is essential. At Wheldon Law we experience in dealing with most types of fraud and our solicitors are able to provide honest and frank advice and support at every stage of the proceedings.

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GBH, ABH & assault

We can advise from the earliest stage in a range of cases from Grievous Bodily Harm, Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, Common Assault to resisting or wilfully obstructing a police officer from conducting his or her duties.

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Murder & manslaughter

If you are facing an allegation of murder or manslaughter then you should seek legal advice immediately and ideally before disclosing any information to the police or entering a plea at court.
We have defended many murder/manslaughter cases over the years and the key to success is meticulous preparation. Cases of this seriousness generate a huge volume of work so we put together a defence team which will usually consist of a senior and a junior barrister, a senior solicitor and a case worker. They will work together with you to prepare your case thoroughly for trial.

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Proceeds of crime

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) was introduced to prevent those found guilty of a crime from benefitting financially from that crime. Under this legislation the courts have wide ranging powers to confiscate assets acquired as a result of certain trigger offences ranging from drugs offences to money laundering and fraud.

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Public order offences

We have grouped together a number of public order type offences. Many of the offences sound very similar but vary enormously in terms of their seriousness and the court’s sentencing powers. If you are facing any of the offenses set out on this page you should
seek legal advice as soon as possible.

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Sexual offences

The majority of our clients who find themselves charged with sexual offences have never been in trouble before and are therefore coming to us at a very difficult and challenging time of their life. We understand the pressure and stigma for those accused of sexual offences and the impact such allegations can have on their families

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Theft, burglary & robbery

A person is guilty of theft if they “dishonestly appropriate property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.” Offences of theft are known as “either-way” offences which mean that they can be dealt with in either the magistrates’ court or the crown court.

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