Criminal Law Matters

Our scope of work include:

  • Comprehensive and personalized legal advice on the law

  • Liaison with the police

  • Making representations to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for the withdrawal or reduction of charges

  • Interviewing witnesses and collation of evidence for trial

  • Preparation and submission of mitigation pleas

Our services in respect of criminal matters include:

  • Offenses against public tranquility such as affray, unlawful assembly, etc

  • Offenses by or relating to public servants

  • False evidence and offenses against public justice such as giving false evidence, making false statements, etc

  • Offenses affecting life such as murders, manslaughter, etc

  • Offenses affecting the human body such as rape, outrage of modesty, causing grievous hurt, using criminal force, assault, etc

  • Offenses against property such as vandalism, theft, robbery, criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery, corruption, etc

  • Offenses under the Misuse of Drugs Act

  • Immigration offenses such as harboring or employing illegal immigrants, etc

  • Offenses under the Films Act

  • Offenses relating to computer crimes

  • Registry of Companies and Businesses offenses

  • Traffic offenses

FAQs for matters relating to criminal charges (including military court martials)

When a person is faced with a criminal charge, it is important that the person seeks prompt legal advice on the situation he faces so that he is able to make an informed decision on the course of action he should take. Questions which require due consideration include:–

  • What is the nature of the charge against me?

  • Did I commit an offense in the first place?

  • Is the offense compoundable (i.e. can it be settled out of court)?

  • Is the charge preferred against me appropriate in the circumstances?

  • Is the charge preferred against me fair or unfair in the circumstances?

  • What is plea bargaining?

  • What is “making a representation to the AG’s Chambers”?

  • Can the charge preferred against me be reduced or withdrawn?

  • Should I plead guilty to the charge or claim trial?

  • What are the consequences of my pleading guilty to the charge?

  • What are the consequences of my being convicted of the charge?

  • What are my mitigating factors?

  • What punishments do I face upon pleading guilty or being convicted of the charge?

  • What effects might my conviction have on my life, my future, my career, my current employment, and my reputation?

  • Will my family, relatives and friends know about the case?

  • Will my case be reported in the newspapers?

  • What is my best and worst case scenarios?

  • What is my likely sentence?

  • What’s going to happen between now and my court appearance?

  • Can I leave the country for work or business whilst my case is pending?

  • Is there anything I can do to “damage-control” in the meantime?

  • How should I behave in court?

  • What should I say or not say in court?

  • Will I make things worse if I say the “wrong” things in court?

  • Do I need a lawyer? **

** The answer to the last question is “NO” if you know the answers to the other questions! Contrary to the saying, ignorance is not bliss and as another saying goes, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Are you wasting precious time in blissful ignorance when you could be taking certain actions to mitigate the situation? Are you worrying about any of the above issues unnecessarily? Information is the key to peace of mind. The earlier you seek legal advice, the more time you and your counsel would have to deal with the problem. Don’t waste precious time–seek legal advice as soon as possible.