Criminal Litigation

Experienced criminal litigation solicitors in Gateshead and Washington

If you are facing criminal allegations, it is likely to be extremely stressful for you and your family. At John Donkin Solicitors, we can step in straight away to represent you and ensure that your rights are protected.

We defend clients in respect of a wide range of charges, from assault to business crime and from minor offences through to serious crime.

If you are facing accusations of criminal conduct or you have been asked to attend a police station for an interview, you are advised to seek legal representation without delay. Our solicitors will make sure that you do not inadvertently damage your case and they will be able to advise you of your rights as well as the best course of action.

To speak to a solicitor now, call us on 0191 416 2182 (Washington) or 0191 495 2896 (Gateshead). We are available 24 hours a day to provide police station representation.

“Very efficient, with a swift approach to all issues.”

Criminal litigation experts

Our solicitors can give immediate assistance as needed and will put together a robust defence on your behalf if you face criminal charges. We will provide representation as well as advice and guidance so that you understand the process and have the support you need.

We provide exceptional attention to detail and you can be sure that our case preparation will be thorough. We will ensure that you know what to expect and that you are ready for any interview or trial that you have to attend.

Genuine expertise

We are one of a limited number of law firms accredited to take on Very High Costs Cases by the Legal Services Commission’s Complex Crime Unit. These cases generally involve allegations of serious criminal wrongdoing as well as issues such as complexity, high financial value, extensive evidence and widespread public concern.

Our team has decades of experience across both common and more unusual criminal offences, with particular expertise in business and financial crime and fraud, to include restraint orders and confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

We represent clients in proceedings brought by a wide variety of bodies, including HMRC, the DWP, the FSA, the HSE, the Environment Agency and the Post Office.

Our criminal litigation services

Our criminal defence services include the following:

  • Business and financial crime, to include FCA and Insolvency Service investigations
  • Fraud, money laundering and asset recovery
  • Opposing restraint orders
  • Representation in confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)
  • Regulatory offences
  • Professional misconduct
  • Driving offences
  • Theft, robbery and burglary
  • Assault
  • Drugs offences
  • Gun and knife crime and offensive weapons
  • Sexual offences
  • Public order offences
  • People trafficking and modern slavery
  • Dishonesty
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter

We can provide representation across all courts, from magistrates to Crown Court. If you have been convicted of an offence and you wish to raise an appeal, we can assist in making an appeal and ensure you have an expert advocate to represent you in the Court of Appeal.

We undertake Legal Aid work and where you are eligible for funding, we will make an application on your behalf for public funding.

Contact our Gateshead and Washington criminal litigation solicitors

If you have been accused of a criminal offence or you have been advised that the police or other body are conducting an investigation into your conduct, contact us today and we will take action without delay.

To speak to one of our criminal litigation team, call us on 0191 495 2896 or complete a Free Online Enquiry today.

“Can highly recommend John Donkin Solicitors. Excellent service and friendly people”