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How do I go about getting legal representation for a courtcase? My 17 yr old was visiting a friend, and on exiting the building was caught up in a scuffle with approx 7 boys. Someone was injured quite badly (I don't have many details) and all the boys have been arrested on GBH charges.
The boys were attacking and kicking someone who was on the floor. My son tried to pull one of the boys off the victim and has a small spot of blood on his chest. He was wearing gloves and his gloves and shoes I believe are clear.
I want him to be represented separately as he was not part of this group of boys that carried out the attack and I worry that if I don't get him the best representation he will be lumped in with boys who clearly are guilty of the attack.
I only have 1 week to sort this out because we are away on holday and when we come back the case is heard immediately. How do I go about this and what are the hourly rates of hiring someone?
He got a solitor at the police station, but I am not very happy with him as he didn't even turn up for for the bail when my son was charged. This solicitor had been informed of the outcome previously and I belive that he was supposed to contact us, but we heard nothing. I still haven't heard anything from him. I didn't like the way he handled the police interview previously, so I don't know whether he is representing him in court.
I want someone who will put a defence together.
Should a 17 year old be tried in an adult court or a youth court?
I just need to know how to go about getting a good lawyer and I need to have an idea of fees if I hire someone myself.
It is section 18. In a case like this, surely the purpetrator who did the damage receives more of sentence than others where there is little/no evidence to support them as having physically punched/kicked the victim? They couldn't lump them all together under the same sentence could they?
Could the same solicitor be required to represent any of the other members of the group if there is a conflict of interest (the boys are all blaming each other? It wouldn't make sense for the same solicitor to represent different versions of events for different client?) Or would they all have different solicitors?
So really I should go back to the legal firm he was given and take it with them as to how they will defend him?
Thanks for your help. I have not had to do anything like this before.
I don;t understand what you mean :
"They will not have legal aid to cover court yet so there would be no difficulty with that."
Does that mean I will have solicitor fees at court?
How do I make a fresh application at court?
How bad is S18 a charge?
Redhill courts (Surrey - South East Surrey Magistrates Court)
Does the whole group have to get an aquittal or can one or some of the group be acquitted?