As a Nottingham duty solicitor Helen Lees recently represented a client before Nottingham Youth Court.
As a duty solicitor on the Nottingham scheme Helen will represent those on bail or in custody, adults or youths, who don’t have a particular solicitor that they want to instruct. They are generally able to use the services of the Duty Solicitor.
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On this occasion her client was a 17 year old appearing before Nottingham Youth Court. He faced an allegation of common assault. He was going to plead guilty to the allegation.
He had attended court with his mother and step mother. The case was not out of the ordinary or particularly serious. It was clear, however, that Helen’s client and the two family members were treating the matter very seriously. The son clearly regretted his actions.
As a duty solicitor, Helen will often meet clients who do not know anything about the court process or procedure. They will not know the likely sentence for their offending. As a result, Helen spends the time that it takes to ensure that they understand what is likely to happen in the court hearing. She will advise on the likely outcome.
In this case Helen’s client pleaded guilty. He had not been to court before so the court was able to sentence him immediately. Much positive mitigation could be put. He received a three month Referral Order.
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She was touched that they had taken the time to send it, and it was a reminder that all court cases are important to the people who take part in them.
Contact Nottingham Duty Solicitor Helen Lees
You will be able to take advantage of the services of the duty solicitor when you attend court for the first time but you may benefit from early advice and preparation. Duty solicitors will be unable to deal with trials, for example. Legal aid will often be available. Alternatively we are likely to be able to deal with your case by affordable fixed-fee representation.
If you face criminal proceedings and wish to speak to Helen then please contact her on 0115 9441233 or email her here.