OJN Solicitors
"keeping the law simple, affordable and precise"

OJN Solicitors
"keeping the law simple, affordable and precise"

OJN Solicitors
"keeping the law simple, affordable and precise"

Criminal Defence

Our criminal solicitors provide competent, efficient legal advice regarding your defence and are able to offer effective representation in all criminal courts.

We are able to provide this service throughout the UK. We are able to offer rigorous representation for the defence of cases at the police station or which are tried before the Magistrate's or Crown Court.

We can offer advice in relation to Recovery of Defence Costs Orders, Orders for Prosecution Costs and Confiscation Proceedings.

We can act as Solicitor Advocates or instruct independent Barristers to act in cases.

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Our criminal solicitors are available 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.

Types of Work/ Cases We Undertake

  • Benefits Fraud
  • Conspiracy to steal or defraud
  • Theft from an Employer or public body
  • Shop Lifting
  • Importation/ possession/ supply of drugs
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Kidnapping
  • Possession of weapons/firearms
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Public Order Offences
  • Death by Dangerous driving
  • Serious sexual offences
  • Internet Crime
  • People Smuggling
  • Criminal Appeals

No matter the type of allegations or charges that have made against you, we will use our best endeavours to provide you with competent, effective legal representation.

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10 Things Not To Do If Arrested

No one ever plans to be arrested, but it might help to think just once about what you will do and not do if you ever hear the phrase "You're under arrest. Put your hands behind you." The simplest "to do" rule is to do what you are told. Simple, but somehow it often escapes someone who is either scared or intoxicated. More important to guarding your rights and interests are ten things you SHOULD NOT do:

  1. Don't try to convince the officer of your innocence. It's useless. He or she only needs "reasonable grounds" to suspect you have committed a crime in order to arrest you. He does not decide your guilt and he actually doesn't care if you are innocent or not. It is the job of the judge or jury to free you if he is wrong. If you feel that urge to convince him he's made a mistake, remember the overwhelming probability that instead you will say at least one thing that will hurt your case, perhaps even fatally. It is smarter to save your defence for your lawyer.
  2. Don't run. It's highly unlikely you could out run the police. I have had cases where a passenger being driven home by a drunk friend bolted and ran. Why? It was the driver they wanted. Most police will just arrest a runner, but there are some who will be mad they had to work so hard and injure the suspect unnecessarily.
  3. KEEP QUIET!!!. The hardest cases to defend are those where the suspect got very talkative. Incredibly, many will start babbling without the police having asked a single question. Judges and juries will discount or ignore what a suspect says that helps him, but give great weight to anything that seems to hurt him. In 30 years of criminal practice, I could count on one hand the number of times a suspect was released because of what he told the police after they arrested him.
  4. Don't give permission to search anywhere. If they ask, it probably means they don't believe they have the right to search and need your consent. The police have limited powers of search without the permission of a senior officer. This is also a good reason not to talk, even if it seems all is lost when they find something incriminating.
  5. If the police are searching your car or home, don't look at the places you wish they wouldn't search. Don't react to the search at all, and especially not to questions like "Who does this belong to?"
  6. DON'T RESIST ARREST. Above all, do not push the police or try to push their hands away. That would be assaulting an officer and any slight injury to them will turn your minor offence into something more serious. Obviously, striking an officer can result in serious injury to you as well.
  7. Try to resist the temptation to mouth off at the police, even if you have been wrongly arrested. Police have a lot of discretion in what charges are brought.
  8. Do not believe what the police tell you in order to get you to talk. The police will try anything to get you to 'talk'. They will try and mislead and say things they can't necessarily prove in order to get an admission. For example, if you are arrested with someone else for the same offence, they will try and suggest the other person has implicated you inorder for you to admit as well.The police will also try and convince you to go ahead with the interview in the absence of your lawyer as it will delay your release, or 'it will go easier for you in court' if you 'talk'. ALWAYS EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO A LAWYER.
  9. If at home, do not invite the police into your home as this gives them the power to search. If the police have a warrant, do not obstruct them. If an offence has recently been committed and the police have reasonable grounds to suspect you are involved, they can arrest you and search your home or the parts of the home you occupy if in shared accommodation.
  10. If you are arrested outside your home, the police have powers of search at your home address in continuance of their investigation.

That's it: Ten simple rules that will leave as many of your rights intact as possible if you are arrested.

(This article was authored by Brian Dinday (RIP), Attorney at Law, member of the California Bar.)

Our criminal solicitors are available 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.

OJN Solicitors - Enfield (Head Office)
12 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6EB
Tel: 0203 232 2135
Fax: 0208 342 1648
Mob: 07587 132 604

About the Firm

OJN Solicitors was established in April 2006 to provide efficient, cost effective legal services to businesses and individuals.

Since then, the firm has quickly built up a solid reputation within the UK and overseas for providing its clients with first rate professional legal services.

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