Funding Your Drug Defence

If you are facing charges or prosecution for a serious drug offence, you may be worried about the cost of legal representation and unsure what you will need to pay for yourself and what costs will be covered by the state through ‘legal aid’.

This guide aims to give an overview of how funding legal defence for drug offences works, including your right to free representation at a police station and Representation Orders to cover legal support during criminal proceedings.

We have also covered the process for transferring a Representation Order to our specialist criminal defence team if you are unhappy with your existing lawyers.

Need immediate representation for drug conspiracy charges? Speak to our highly experienced drug conspiracy solicitors now by using the contact form on the right, or calling one of the following numbers:

01476 591711 – for standard enquiries during office hours

07711 627048 – for 24/7 emergency support including police station representation

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Your right to free police station representation

If you have been arrested or interviewed under caution, you are entitled to free legal advice. This includes whether you are dealing with police, customs, the National Crime Agency (NCA) or any other place of detention.

This funding is not means tested and can cover advice from the duty solicitor available at the police station or other place of detention or from a specialist drug defence solicitor, such as the ones at Conspiracy Solicitor.

Given the complexity and seriousness of drugs conspiracy charges, we strongly recommend choosing representation from our specialist drug conspiracy solicitors right from the interview stage.

Legal aid for drug conspiracy proceedings

If you are prosecuted for a drug conspiracy offence, you may be eligible for a Representation Order from the Criminal Defence service (commonly known as ‘legal aid’).

Depending on the circumstances, A Representation Order may cover some or all of the cost of your defence against drug conspiracy charges.

If your case is heard in Magistrates’ Court, you will need to take both a means test and a merit test to determine your entitlement to legal aid. The means test determines how much financial assistance you need, while the merit test determines whether funding your legal defence is “in the Interests of Justice”.

If your case is tried in Crown Court, you will normally only be able to get part of your defence costs covered by legal aid. You will need to meet the rest of your Crown Court legal costs yourself, however, if you are found not guilty, any financial contribution you have made will be refunded with interest.

Transferring a Representation Order to our specialist drug conspiracy defence lawyers

If you have already had legal representation for your case, the cost of which was covered by a Representation Order, you may be able to transfer your case to us and keep your Legal Aid funding, depending on the circumstances.

To be able to transfer your Representation Order to our legal team, you will normally need to show that there are exceptional circumstances that make this necessary.

Examples of exceptional circumstances include where:

  • Your current solicitor needs to withdraw for professional reasons (e.g. a conflict of interest) or personal reasons (e.g. a serious illness).
  • Your relationship with your existing legal team has irretrievably broken down (e.g. you have been given poor advice that hurt your defence).
  • There is another other “substantial compelling” reason that a judge is willing to accept (this is generally a very hard condition to meet).

Not sure whether you can transfer your Representation Order to our specialist drug conspiracy defence lawyers? Take a look at our guide to transferring your case to Conspiracy Solicitors.

Why choose our drug conspiracy defence lawyers?

For over 30 years, our highly respected criminal defence team has represented clients in some of the UK’s most serious drug cases. While we are based in the East Midlands, we are relied on by clients all over the country for our specialist expertise in these complex and challenging cases.

Headed by Senior Partner Christopher Milligan, our criminal defence team has over 200 years of combined experience, with particular expertise in cases related to conspiracy to produce and supply drugs.

We are accredited by the Law Society for Criminal Litigation, recognising our expertise in all areas of criminal prosecutions.

Thanks to our exceptional experience and training, we can ensure no detail is missed or angle of defence overlooked, allowing us to build the strongest possible defence to secure a fair outcome under even the most challenging circumstances.

Conspiracy Solicitor is a trading style of Bird and Co Solicitors LLP.

Get immediate expert representation from our specialist drug conspiracy solicitors

Are you facing charges or prosecution for a drug conspiracy offence? Get in touch with our expert criminal defence team now for advice or immediate representation.

To speak to our drug conspiracy solicitors, use our simple contact form or one of the numbers below:

01476 591711 – for standard enquiries during office hours

07711 627048 – for 24/7 emergency support including police station representation