Being charged with a criminal offence is a serious matter, which should be handled by dedicated, highly experienced defence lawyers. If you have been charged with committing a criminal offence, or have been cited to attend court, you should take steps to ensure that you will be well represented by lawyers that understand the rules and processes involved in defending against a criminal charge.

At McLennan Adam Davis Solicitors, we are here to help you mount a thorough and effective defence to any criminal charge. Our team are amongst the most experienced in their field, and will be able to handle every aspect of your case. If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please get in touch with our criminal defence team.

Specialist Criminal Defence Lawyers Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Troon and Glasgow, Scotland

We understand that clients facing criminal charges are in need of practical, effective legal advice. At McLennan Adam Davis Solicitors, our clients’ interests are at the heart of our work. No matter the charges that you face, we will work with you to ensure that you are provided with legal advice that protects your best interests and that your rights are respected throughout the duration of your case.

Our lawyers are experienced in advising across all areas of the criminal law, and are entitled to argue in all of the Scottish courts. We also have former Procurator Fiscal Deputes and a Solicitor Advocate in our criminal defence team, who have unrivalled experience in conducting advocacy in the criminal courts. You can rest assured that you will not find a more experienced team of legal advisors to represent your interests in criminal proceedings.

We provide expert representation and defence that spans the entire sphere of the criminal law, including:

Charges of domestic abuse are very serious and can arise from a variety of circumstances. The law is designed in such a way that if you threaten or assault your partner, regardless as to whether you are married or not, there may be evidence of domestic abuse. It is important to understand that the law is very sophisticated: any kind of violence – emotional, sexual or financial – has the potential to be classed as domestic abuse.

If you are facing criminal charges for having committed domestic abuse against your partner, you should speak with a solicitor with experience of this area of the criminal law. The law treats suspected domestic abuse very seriously, and you should ensure that you have specialist assistance in building a case that demonstrates, with supporting evidence, that you did not do what you are being charged with.

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of prosecutions for historic sexual offences. The legislation for historic sexual offences is wide ranging and covers instances of, amongst other things, alleged rape, sexual assault and offences against children. It is also important to be aware that there is almost no time limit for prosecuting authorities to pursue cases involving historic sexual offences. It is not uncommon for allegations of such offences to be raised after years, even decades, have passed since the alleged incident.

Cases involving historic sexual offences depend on the strength of the complainer’s account, owing to the lack of physical evidence that will be available. As a result, it is vital that if you are facing allegations of having committed a historic sexual offence, you have the assistance of a legal advisor that is skilled at testing the prosecutor’s case, and exposing any weaknesses in their arguments.

A significant number of cyber-crimes or computer offences are dealt with under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, which deems it illegal to access or change computer material without authorisation. These allegations are particularly difficult to prove, given that they tend to involve the satisfaction of exacting technical requirements.

If you have been charged with a cyber-crime, you would be well advise to work with a solicitor who is familiar with the law and technology in this area. A robust defence will require detailed information, and skilled advocacy that demonstrates that the evidence does not support the prosecuting authorities’ claims.  

Charges of alleged fraudulent activity should be taken very seriously. The legislation in this area is particularly complex, with the Fraud Act 2006 criminalising a broad range of activities, including: stating something that you know to be false as true; failing to provide information where you have a duty to do so; and abusing your position. Furthermore, other legislation also deems it illegal to conspire to commit a fraudulent act.

At McLennan Adam Davis Solicitors, our criminal defence lawyers understand the different kinds of evidence that will be used to support fraud charges, and will plan a defence strategy that will test the strength of any allegations that are made against you, all the while ensuring that your rights are respected and protected.

Most allegations of the commission of crimes will be handled in the Sheriff Courts. However, the High Court of Justiciary often deals with more serious criminal cases. This court will oversee all cases involving allegations of murder, serious assault and firearm crimes, amongst others.

If your case is to be heard in the High Court, you need to ensure that your case is handled by a lawyer that is familiar with the process of arguing in the highest criminal court in Scotland. They must also be intimately familiar with the evidential requirements for more serious crimes, in order to provide you with tailored legal advice that reflects your situation.

Why instruct McLennan Adam Davis Solicitors?

At McLennan Adam Davis Solicitors, we operate one of the largest criminal litigation practices in Scotland operating throughout Ayrshire and providing expert legal advice to clients facing a variety of criminal charges. We pride ourselves on being accessible to our clients and offering high-quality legal advice, and will work with you to ensure that you understand what action we are taking in respect of your case.

If you are concerned about the criminal charges being brought against you and are in need of expert, pragmatic legal advice, contact our team now.

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