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A criminal summons or charge is often the start of a long and worrying process. With Hegarty Solicitors on your side, your prospects could quickly take a turn for the better.

We have many years of experience in defending all kinds of criminal cases including road traffic offences, thefts, burglaries, violent crimes, sexual offences, fraud and corporate crime.

Julie has been a real pleasure to work with and I can’t express my gratitude enough for how helpful and efficient she has been.

Julie Murtagh - Mr B. Criminal Defence Department Client

Julie is the sort of person who has a real willingness to go beyond the call of duty to assure the best for the people she works with.

Julie Murtagh - Mr B. Criminal Defence Department Client

The level of empathy and care Julie upholds at all times is nothing far short of exceptional.

Julie Murtagh - Mr B. Criminal Defence Department Client

Having never really been in the situation I had recently found myself in, Julie has provided me with the utmost reassurance and her friendly and professional demeanor is something I have found extremely beneficial in a relatively stressful time for myself.

Mr B. Criminal Defence Department Client

My representation was excellent. The outcome was above my expectations. I would not hesitate to seek advice again (should it be necessary) from Ms Murtagh. Thanks.

Mr C. Criminal Defence Department Client

May I take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for everything that you and the team have done to support me and to not prejudice against me. No matter the outcome tomorrow I sincerely could not have asked for better representation throughout this very very long process. I very much appreciate everything you have done for me and my family.

Mr G. Criminal Defence Department Client

Fantastic service! …The service provided by Mrs. Dunne was impeccable and I cannot thank the law firm and particularly Sarah Dunne enough! I would strongly recommend Hegarty Solicitors to anyone who has a case to prosecute or defend.

Mr O. Criminal Defence Department Client

I couldn’t have expected more – thank you.

Mr C. Criminal Defence Department Client

That was the darkest day of my life, and you were a ray of sunshine. These few words do not do justice to the amount of gratitiude I have for you, I am truly blessed to have crossed your path.

Criminal Defence Department Client

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Whether you are at risk of losing your driving licence, or facing a prison sentence for something more serious, our experienced team can provide expert advice and support. Whatever the charge, you will have to deal with strict procedures and complicated legal concepts and arguments. This can be quite a challenge, particularly against the backdrop of uncertainty about what will happen and how the outcome could affect you and your family.

Representation at the Police Station

Anyone arrested in England & Wales is entitled to legal advice and representation in the Police station free of charge.

Hegarty Solicitors offer representation at the Police Station 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you have been arrested, or have been contacted by a Police Officer with a view to being interviewed by the Police, do not hesitate to call our office on 01733 346333 to arrange for one of our expert solicitors to represent and advise you. You can also ask for Hegarty Solicitors at the Police Station and we will be contacted accordingly.

Find out if you are entitled to Legal Aid

If you have been charged with an offence and summonsed to Court, you may need to find out if you qualify for Legal Aid.

Legal Aid can help to meet the costs of legal advice and representation in the Courts. It is means tested and can also only be granted for certain offences. At Hegarty Solicitors we offer a free Legal Aid assessment that can be completed over the telephone or face-to-face in the office. Please call us on 01733 346333 to speak to a member of the Criminal Law team.

If you are not entitled to Legal Aid

If you are facing prosecution and you are not entitled to Legal Aid, please contact us to discuss your case. We provide a fixed fee first appointment which costs just £100+VAT to assess your case, estimate the costs of your case and give an honest assessment of the help we can provide.

We can offer representation in the Courts on a fixed fee basis and can advise you about this once we have more information about your case.

When you instruct us, you are in safe hands. Not only are we likely to have dealt with cases like yours, our expertise is recognised nationally. We are among just two per cent of criminal defence departments in England and Wales to hold an Excellence (1) rating – the highest possible – following our most recent Legal Services Commission Peer Review.

If cases proceed to the Crown Court, our solicitor Martin Newton has Higher Rights of Audience; which means we can provide continuity for our clients by appearing on their behalf in the Crown Court. We also have very strong links with a range of barristers from Junior Counsel to QCs.

So, in us, you will have one of the best firms in the country working on your case. We are on-call all day, every day. We listen and we advise in plain-English and with honesty, beginning with a conversation about what we think is likely to happen and how much your defence will cost. From then on we will prepare your case rigorously, deal with all the paperwork and procedural requirements and use our extensive contacts with barristers and expert witnesses to ensure that the outcome is the best it can be.

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