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Criminal Law Procedures: From Arrest to Sentencing

Criminal Law Procedures: From Arrest to Sentencing | SQE Criminal Law & Practice Law UK

Criminal Law Procedures: From Arrest to Sentencing

At SQE Criminal Law & Practice Law UK, our expert solicitors are well-versed in the intricate procedures involved in criminal law cases. From the moment of arrest to the final sentencing, every step of the legal process is crucial in ensuring justice is served.

The Arrest

The criminal law procedure commences with the arrest of a suspect. When someone is suspected of committing a crime, they may be apprehended by law enforcement officers. It is important to ensure that the arrest is conducted lawfully and within the confines of the suspect’s rights. Our solicitors are well-equipped to advise and represent clients during this critical stage.

Police Investigation

After the arrest, the police carry out a thorough investigation. This involves gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and examining any relevant documentation. It is during this stage that crucial information is collected to build a strong case. Our solicitors have extensive experience in assisting clients during police investigations, ensuring that their rights are protected and that any evidence or statements are obtained lawfully.

Charge or Release

Following the police investigation, the suspect is either charged or released. If there is sufficient evidence to suggest their involvement in the alleged crime, they will be formally charged and brought before the court. If the evidence is insufficient, the suspect may be released without charges. In either scenario, our solicitors provide expert legal advice to ensure that our clients’ best interests are protected.

Court Proceedings

Once a suspect is charged, the case proceeds to court. This is where our solicitors play a pivotal role in presenting a strong legal defense or advocating for the prosecution. Our team is skilled in navigating the complex legal framework, scrutinizing evidence, examining witnesses, and presenting compelling arguments to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients.


After the trial, if the defendant is found guilty, the court proceeds to the sentencing stage. The severity of the crime, any aggravating or mitigating factors, and the defendant’s criminal history are all taken into account when determining the appropriate punishment. Our solicitors work tirelessly to secure a fair and just sentence for our clients, taking into consideration their circumstances and any mitigating factors.

Appeals and Post-Conviction Proceedings

In some cases, defendants may wish to appeal their conviction or sentence. Our solicitors are experienced in handling appeals and post-conviction proceedings, ensuring that our clients’ rights are protected and that they receive a fair chance at justice.

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