Free 30 minute consultation!
We are able to offer a 30 minute appointment, free of charge, for any concerns that you have regarding a criminal investigation.
Penfold & McPherson conduct work on behalf of legally aided as well as private paying clients.
Police Station advice
If you are being interviewed at a police station, either voluntarily or under arrest, everyone is entitled to free, non-means tested, independent legal advice.
We have a dedicated team of representatives on call throughout the day and night to provide immediate representation.
Magistrates CourtLegal Aid is available for most criminal offences and some motoring offences. It is a two tier process. The interests of justice test establishes the merits of the case which can include, the nature of the offence, the complexity of the case and the risk of a custodial sentence being passed. There then follows a means test which examines your household income, outgoings and capital.
Once a case is sent/allocated to the Crown Court, Legal Aid is available for those who qualify under the means test. Where a person’s income or capital exceeds the threshold they will be asked to make a contribution. If you are acquitted, that payment will be refunded to you.
On occasions the contributions may exceed the actual cost of the proceedings and in these circumstances, we would advise you how to pay.