Serious Crime Solicitors
– Criminal Law

Ralli Solicitors LLP employ experienced individuals who have a vast amount of experience defending substantial serious offences. As the title suggests the offences and the consequences are serious for many reasons:

1. The sentence imposed following a conviction is usually substantial.
2. Just being charged can affect your credit rating with e.g. suppliers. A conviction could completely destroy your credit rating.
3. You, and your family, will have to deal with those who insist that there is ‘no smoke without fire’ brigade (N.B. We can assist with ‘reputation management’ issues).
4. The prosecuting authorities can apply for a serious crime prevention order which can control your life for a very long time. Such an order can be applied for without you being convicted of any offence!
The prosecuting authorities when dealing with serious crime spend months and sometimes years investigating. As our experience has taught us, getting the right people involved in your defence at the earliest opportunity is crucial.

Below we have set out a very brief guide for information purposes.

In England and Wales, a serious offence is defined as:

Drug trafficking
Human trafficking
Arms trafficking
Prostitution and Child sex
Armed robbery
Money laundering
Tax evasion and revenue offences
Corruption and bribery
Intellectual property offences
Environmental crimes
Attempting, conspiring, encouraging or assisting, or aiding or abetting such an offence.

Conviction for a serious crime has severe consequences beyond the likelihood of a substantial custodial sentence. If a successful application is made for a Serious Crime Prevention Order, such an order can run from specified dates. The period may well run not just during a term of imprisonment but also after you have been released from prison!

Serious Crime Solicitors

Serious Crime Prevention Orders

Serious crime prevention orders can be applied for in 2 ways

(a) In the Crown Court following conviction of a serious offence
(b) In the High Court where it is on the basis that you have been involved in serious crime (therefore no conviction necessary)

These are civil proceedings with the civil burden of proof i.e. on the balance of probability not beyond reasonable belief, or to put it more bluntly the Judge does not have to be ‘absolutely sure’ when he makes the order!

In both cases the court must have reasonable grounds to believe that the order would protect the public by preventing, restricting or disrupting involvement by the person in serious crime in England and Wales. Implicit within this second test is a requirement that there are also reasonable grounds to believe that there is a real risk that the person will be involved in further conduct falling within the Act from which the public require protection.

Below are just some of the restrictions that could be contained in an order against an individual which include prohibitions or restrictions on, or requirements in relation to:

(a) Financial, property or business dealings;
(b) Working arrangements;
(c) With whom a person associates or communicates and the means used to do so;
(d) The premises he/she is allowed to use and for what purpose;
(e) The use of any item including mobile phones and computers
(f) Travel both within UK and abroad.

These types of orders can last for up to 5 years and subsequent orders can be applied for after the expiry of 5 years.

For more information please click on our Criminal Law Defence link.

Contact 0161 615 0660

The above are not issues, which should be taken lightly. Ralli Solicitors LLP has the knowledge, experience determination and courage required to stand up to the prosecutors where serious crime is alleged. if you require any more information please contact our 24 hour direct telephone number 0161 615 0660 or by filling out one of our online enquiry forms.

I lost all faith in the British legal system and hold the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in utter contempt. The case against me took more than four years from arrest to finally appearing in court. However, I was most fortuitous to meet Ralli Solicitors LLP, a firm of Solicitors a credit to the legal profession. The manner in which they set about defending me inspired confidence and helped me through my darkest hours. Ralli Solicitors LLP diligently examined the ‘evidence’ against me, painstakingly reading thousands of pages of emails, letters and documents with an unrelenting determination to prove my innocence. To simply say thank you does not adequately express the heartfelt debt of gratitude I hold. In addition to their professionalism the whole team were such nice people with compassion and an unbelievable dedication.

JG, Chartered Accountant and Business Adviser

I was referred to ralli solicitors by a friend and Lynn Mahon was appointed as my legal representative. Since our first meeting all aspects of my case were explained and dealt with in a professional manner and any queries I had were explained and my mind was put at ease. I would certainly recommend Lynn Mahon to anyone needing legal advice.
RB, Cheshire Businessman