Under Investigation

In a tight spot? We’re in your corner.

Being accused of a criminal offence and subsequently being investigated can be a very unnerving time. You are however, entitled to help and advice, to make sure you have the best representation possible, to make the whole process less confusing and to ensure the investigation is carried out fairly and properly. This is where we can help.

If you find that you are being investigated by a government body or local authority, if you find yourself in trouble at work or if you have been arrested by the police, then it makes sense to get professional guidance at the earliest opportunity. It’s not just about sharing the burden and easing the stress associated with such events, it’s also about getting on top of the facts quickly, seeing if there is a valid defence and advising on the most appropriate course of action going forward.

Moreover, we’ll be in your corner from start to finish; if the investigation results in a charge or prosecution we will also represent you and prepare your defence during court proceedings. We will be there as a supportive, patient, non-judgmental advisor throughout.

How we can help

We provide a 24 hour service, 7 days a week to anyone who is being investigated. You can contact us at any time on our emergency number 07774 162757 (Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham). We cover all areas of arrest and investigation, including:

  • Arrest by the Police
  • Investigation by the Inland Revenue
  • Investigation for tax fraud
  • Investigation at work
  • Investigation for benefit fraud
  • Investigation for a motoring offence, including help to keep your licence if this becomes at risk

If you are being investigated it is important that you get the advice you need before you are interviewed. We will discuss the case with you, obtain details of the accusations, listen to you and then advise you in the best way to respond to the allegations. We will continue to provide you with the help and advice needed throughout the whole investigation.

Already been interviewed? It’s not too late…

Even if you have already been interviewed and have been bailed to return at a later date, it is not too late to seek help and advice. There may be factors to your case that have not been brought to the attention of the police that could be crucial to your case and will influence the outcome.

Costs

We will provide clear guidance on costs at the outset of the case and examine funding options such as Legal Aid to ensure the quality advice you need is accessible and affordable.

24 Hour Arrest Helpline

If you have been arrested by the police, our 24/7 accessibility means that one of our team will always be available on call to come to the police station to represent you.

The most important part of the case is often what takes place at the police station, so it is vital to get the representation you need. Remember, our expert criminal team can be contacted at any time on;

07774 162757

The Under Investigation team

Our expert criminal defence team is a highly experienced, successful and resourceful unit, focused on getting the best possible outcome for its clients. They are consistently rated highly in the prestigious Chambers Guide to the Law and Legal 500;

Chambers 2019
The prestigious Chambers Guide ranks Howells Criminal department as a top tier firm in Sheffield and the surrounding areas.

Legal 500 2018
Howells Criminal department is highly ranked by Legal 500 2018 saying “Howells’ ‘very approachable and helpful’ criminal department has capabilities to handle a range of complex matters, with particular experience in public order law, judicial review, advising youth offenders, and cases with a civil liberties, human rights or mental health considerations. John Gibson is regularly instructed by individuals accused of serious crimes, and leads the practice, which also includes the ‘patient and supportive and extremely knowledgeable’ Chris Wong. Wong is recommended for defending clients facing extradition. Rotherham-based Mary Rose Macadam has particular expertise in prison law, parole board work, youth court representations and cases including a mental health element.”

Please click here to view the criminal law team staff profiles