Crime » Court Proceedings

When you’re left in the dock, we’ll be right by your side.

If you are being prosecuted for a crime it can be a very daunting process. But you are entitled to help and advice to make the whole process less confusing and as fair as possible – and that’s where we come in. From advice during an arrest to representing you in court, everyone has the right to a defence. We are here to help guide you through the process, give clear advice and where necessary, prepare a case on your behalf. We will listen to your side of the story and advise you whether you have a valid defence.

How we can help

If you are faced with prosecution and have to appear in court we can help with your case. Our expert team of 19 experienced solicitors cover all areas of criminal law and can represent you on any case, ranging from simple road traffic offences to applications for extraditions as well as the most serious of crimes such as murder, large scale frauds and complex criminal conspiracies.

We are one of a limited number of solicitors who are authorised to represent clients under the Legal Aid scheme where the case has been adopted by the Complex Crime Unit. Typically these are large scale fraud, money laundering or drugs related cases.

We can assist with:

However you plead, we can help.

If you plead not guilty, we can help with:

If you plead guilty, we can help with:

If your case is sent to the Crown Court our highly specialised Crown Court team will take you through every step of the case, discussing the evidence, advising you and explaining the process and ensuring that you get the best representation possible.

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Our aims

Our team

Our expert criminal defence team is a highly experienced, successful and resourceful unit, focused on getting the best possible outcome for its clients. The team is consistently rated in the top band in the North East and Yorkshire in the prestigious Chambers Guide to the Law. These are smart lawyers with sharp minds, tough and resolute in their legal representation, diligent and skillful in their investigatory work. It’s a team you’ll want on your side.

Chambers UK 2016

Chambers UK ranks the Criminal Defence department as a top tier firm for Sheffield and surrounding areas.

Legal 500 2016 ranks Howells highly across Yorkshire and the Humber and says;

The ‘high-quality’ practice at Howells covers the full range of criminal defence work, with a strong focus on youth crime, extradition and public order offences. Headed by John Gibson, the team includes the ‘very diligent’ Chris Wong and Mary Rose Macadam.