Coodes’ Criminal Department is considered by our clients and by other legal professionals to be one of the very best criminal defence solicitors in Cornwall. We are accredited by the Law Society as criminal law specialists and we guarantee to provide top quality advice and representation from the initial investigation through any subsequent proceedings in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court and on, where necessary, to the Court of Appeal.
The Department consists of three solicitors, who are all partners in the firm dealing exclusively with criminal defence work, and four designated Accredited Police Station Representatives. Those solicitors also act as police station and court Duty solicitors and are all Higher Courts (Criminal) Advocates who regularly represent people appearing before the Crown Court.
It is a general principle of English criminal law that a person is innocent until proven guilty. This means that it is always for the prosecution to prove that the accused person has done something which is the criminal offence they are charged with. It is not for the accused to prove they didn’t do it. Our expert team of defence lawyers scrutinizes every case we deal with for any loophole in the prosecution evidence to see if there is any realistic possibility of a defence or any other way to avoid a conviction. If anyone can “get you off” we can! If not, we know how to reduce your sentence to the minimum possible.
We have successfully acted for people charged in some of the most high profile criminal cases in Cornwall including murder, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, sexual assaults and large scale fraud but we apply the same skills and thoroughness whatever the offence. We deal with bail applications, trials and guilty pleas on a daily basis.
We take a pride in the quality of our work believing that everyone has a right to professional representation whatever allegations they face. Over 92% of our clients tell us they are “very satisfied” with the Department’s overall level of service and would recommend us to someone else and more than 96% of our clients felt that the outcome of their case was better, or the same as, we had advised them it was likely to be.
We provide a free 24 hour, seven day a week service to help anyone arrested and detained at a police station. We will see you at the police station and provide expert advice to try and secure your early release and will do all we can to try and stop you being prosecuted.
We are committed to the provision of Legal Aid criminal defence work. The majority of our work is dealt with under the Legal Aid Scheme and all of the Department’s offices hold Legal Services Commission Criminal Contracts. If you are not eligible for Legal Aid we can act for you for a guaranteed fixed fee.
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