Leading solicitor who secures bail for clients in criminal proceedings

If someone you know faces criminal proceedings and has been denied bail then you will want to instruct the best lawyer available to secure his/her release from custody. Provided you are able to fund the case privately, Jim Meyer can assist.

In most cases, there is a rebuttable presumption in favour of bail. Note that, unless the case has been adjourned for pre-sentence reports, this doesn’t apply:

  • to a person has been convicted of an offence;
  • to an accused who is charged with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, rape or attempted rape, or certain other offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, if (s)he has been convicted of any of these offences (or culpable homicide) in the past (if the previous conviction is manslaughter then the sentence must have been imprisonment for this restriction to apply). In fact, unless the court is of the opinion that there are exceptional circumstances which justify it, the accused “may not” be granted bail.

Find a solicitor who can help you to apply for bail

Jim Meyer has acted for many clients who have been initially declined bail but subsequently released following further application. When a magistrates’ court hears full argument but never-the-less refuses bail, another application may be made to to the Crown Court (as can an appeal against a decision of the magistrates’ court to impose conditions on bail). If the Crown Court confirms the refusal of bail then, whilst it may be possible (in exceptional cases) to seek judicial review of that decision, the reality is that a further argued application may not be presented unless there are fresh arguments or considerations to put before the court. This is why you need to make sure that you put the best possible bail package together before making your second application.

You need to rely on your solicitor’s experience and expertise to advise you when the time is right. There is always a tension between wanting to secure a client’s release as soon as possible and waiting until the full facts of the case are known and all possible supporting measures are in place. Ultimately, there is a balance to be struck and a judgment call to be made.

If you instruct Jim Meyer you can be assured that he will bring his considerable (over 25 years’) experience to bear on the case. He will make sure that the strongest application is made at a time most favourable to his client, providing the best prospects of securing his client’s release.

Relevant case law on bail in criminal proceedings

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