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I have been caught selling fake goods do I need to get a s

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I have been caught selling fake goods do I need to get a solicitor
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I had if it was the right stuff around £10000 worth of stuff but only would sell for a quarter of that will I be looking at a prison sentence
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I told the people I was selling it to that it was fake not the real thing hence the price and all were happy
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I thought that if I told them it was fake I wasn't doing any wrong obviously I was wrong on that
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
There is 11 charges against me for the different brand names I had
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
1. Dear Victoria, I would advise you to get a solicitor here, as you face the possibility of having a custodial sentence imposed. The reason you would employ a solicitor or a barrister is to have a professional plea in mitigation done, as this could be the difference between going to jail or not. Whilst any prison sentence imposed will be short (3-12 months) you should avoid this at all costs. The fact that there is a multiplicity of courts - 11 in all - means that a jail term could be imposed. A good plea in mitigation setting out the factors in your favour will mean that any sentence imposed will be much lighter. You will get credit for having immediately made a guilty plea. However, your solicitor or barrister will have to highlight other factors as well in order that you avoid jail time. I would fear that if you do it yourself, it might not be as slick and you could suffer the consequences as a result.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
2. Additionally, be aware that judges like to see people being represented by legal personnel. There is an inherent judicial discount applied to sentences once you are legally represented. This is because of the unconscious bias which judges have towards lawyers, as they once were lawyers themselves.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
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