Specialists in Serious Fraud and Complex Criminal Defence
MPR Solicitors get domestic violence case dropped at Reading Crown Court
We were instructed by our client after he had been messed about by a previous firm in relation to a charge of domestic violence. Our client was a person of good character and there had been no history of previous violence between the parties. If our client was convicted then he would inevitably lose his employment due to the enhanced CRB checks that are carried out in his industry.
Having considered the case, the evidence and the client’s instructions, we took the view that the case should not be pursued as it was not in the public interest to do so nor was there any realistic prospect of a conviction. Accordingly we made these representations to the CPS ahead of our client’s first hearing in the Crown Court and we were successful in persuading the CPS to drop the charge against our client.
In addition, we were also able to apply for a Defence Costs Order which would allow us to reclaim back from the government a small percentage of the legal fees our client paid towards his case on our client’s behalf. The main outcome was that our client’s good character remained intact and so did his job.
The most shocking aspect of this case was had our client stuck with his previous solicitors, they had advised him to plead guilty to get the matter over and done with! Instinct told him this was not right and he switched legal representation to MPR Solicitors, specialist criminal defence solicitors.