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Criminal Defence

Being accused or suspected of any criminal offence, even a minor one, can be a worrying and anxious experience for anyone.

Grant Smith Law Practice boasts a dynamic Criminal Defence team of fully qualified Solicitors who have a great deal of experience of advising clients facing criminal charges.

Mr Stuart Beveridge, Head of the firm's Court Department, deals exclusively with Criminal cases and specialises in providing expert and professional representation at all levels, from high profile and complex cases in High Court of Justiciary to fairly minor offences in the District Court. Stuart is based at our office in Aberdeen but appears on a daily basis in courts throughout the North East of Scotland to ensure that clients facing criminal charges benefit from his personal attention and expertise. If required, we can make arrangements to cover cases in any court in Scotland.

The Criminal Defence team is also able to call upon the expertise of Stuart's colleagues, Hilary Macandrew and Margaret Nash. Both are highly experienced solicitors who specialise in all aspects of Court work, including both Civil and Criminal matters. Stuart, Hilary and Margaret are part of the Duty Solicitor Scheme of Aberdeen and Banff Sheriff and District Courts. The solicitors are backed up by our highly skilled and dedicated team of support staff.

We can also advise on any form of criminal procedure prior to court proceedings being raised including questioning, detention or arrest by the police.

We are authorised to provide Criminal Legal Assistance by the Scottish Legal Aid Board and are part of the Duty Solicitor Scheme. Legal Aid may be available for many of the services provided by the Criminal Defence team. Each client will be advised as to their eligibility for Legal Aid on their initial visit. We also deal with a relatively high amount of private client work, particularly in road traffic matters.

If you need advice or representation on any matter of Scots Criminal Law, then contact us today. All enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Remember, it's never too early to call your solicitor.

Stuart Beveridge