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Dog & Animal Welfare Law
CASE EVALUATION – HOW IT WORKS
Our fixed fee evaluation service is designed to give you individual expert advice about your case and the options available to you, your prospects of success and an estimate of the costs you are likely to incur depending how you decide to conduct your case. We believe in providing advice which is specifically tailored to your case rather than providing you with general advice as every one’s case is different and it is important to find the correct solution for you.
In order to give you that advice you will be asked to upload all the documents you have received from the police or prosecuting authority as well us telling us your version of events. Once you have selected this option you will be asked for payment and once that is complete you will be invited to upload all relevant documents to us before telling us your version of events. We have made it easy for you to scan or photograph the documents you have received and there is space to write down your version of events.
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Once you have registered on our website, made payment for your evaluation using our secure website and Paypal secure payment process, you will be redirected to a page to upload all your documents. All you need to do is put your Paypal payment reference number and fill in everything else and we will contact you in due course.
Once we receive your documents we will consider the case against you with 48 hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays) and provide you with individual written advice about the law, how you can defend the case and your prospects of success. We will also set out the consequences of winning or loosing your case. We may telephone or email you if we have any questions about what you have told us.
You are also entitled to a 15 minute one to one telephone or Skype conference to further discuss your case with one of our lawyers as part of your fixed fee when you can ask any questions about the information you have given us.
You are not tied to us by accepting this evaluation offer, but if you do decide you want further advice and assistance from us we will be happy to help. We have a range of fixed fee and deferred payment options if you need them.
If we find that you are eligible for criminal legal aid and you supply us with all the information the Legal Aid Agency require we will assist you make an application for legal aid.
We can help if you:
- Are being investigated or prosecuted for an animal related offence
- Have had a dog seized by the police;
- Require help licensing your animal related business premises.
Police / Local Authority Investigations
You have a right to legal advice and assistance if you are to be interviewed by the police or a local council officer about any animal related offence. In some cases free or means tested legal aid is available to cover the cost of being represented during those interviews.
If you have been asked to attend at an interview contact us now.
- Arrange for you to be represented at your interview;
- Establish from the investigator exactly what evidence they have to say you committed an offence;
- Provide you with confidential advice about what you should say during the course of your interview;
- Accompany you during that interview.
In some cases being represented may avoid you being arrested or prosecuted for an offence.
If you are arrested and are taken to a police station ask for us or get someone to contact us. We offer a free 24 hour emergency service to those who have been arrested and are in police detention which includes coming to the police station to assist you.
If you have received a Summons or been charged with an offence we can help
We provide advice, assistance and representation to those who have been charged with an offence and we can also help if you have received a civil summons.
If you have been charged with an offence you may be eligible for legal aid if you and your partner, if you have one, receive a qualifying benefit or have a joint income before tax of less than £239.90 per week or £12,475.00 per year. You will need to provide details of your benefits and national insurance numbers or three month’s wage slips and bank statements when you contact us if you wish to apply for legal aid.
You can use the enquiry service to send us details of your case and legal eligibility so that we can establish whether you will qualify for legal aid.
Not eligible for legal aid?
We offer a range of payment options and fixed fee services.
If you simply want initial advice about all your options or you want a second our £250.00 fixed fee service offers you the opportunity to send us the documents you received from the prosecutor and your account of what happened. We will provide:
- Specific advice about the strength and nature of the case against you:
- Advice about the likely sentence you will receive if you plead or are found guilty:
- Details of any additional orders the court can make such as destruction orders or orders to keep a dog under control:
- The costs of being represented at a trial or a sentencing hearing:
- A range of payment and installment options:
- The option of a 15 minute telephone consultation to deal with any questions you might have.
If you use this service there is no obligation to instruct us further. If you do ask us to undertake your case we will not charge for the first hearing if it can be dealt with by writing to court because you have chosen to plead guilty by post or your case has been started by summons and you intend to plead not guilty to a charge which can only be tried in a magistrates’ court.
If your dog has been seized by the police we can help
The police can seize dogs they believe are prohibited dogs because they are a “Pit Bull” type or another prohibited dog.
Under the current law the police may return your dog even if it is a prohibited type provided that you agree to abide by the scheme under which prohibited dogs may exempted from the ban on owning or keeping such a dog. The court may order the return of a dog to you even if it is a prohibited dog if the court believes the dog will not cause a risk to public safety provided it is subjected to certain conditions.
We can provide you with the help and representation you need to give your dog the best chance your dog the best chance of being returned home by:
- Arranging for your dog to be assessed by an expert where you dispute that it is a prohibited type:
- Arranging for your dog’s behaviour to be assessed to show that it would not create a risk to public safety:
- Arranging for your home to be assessed to ensure you can provide a secure and safe environment to keep your dog:
- Helping you collect all the evidence you need to prove that your dog does not present a risk to public safety:
- Presenting your case to court.
Legal aid is not available for these cases, but we will do everything we can to make legal advice and representation available to you.
We offer an initial assessment of your case for £250 which enables you to send us any papers you have received and your account of your and your dog’s circumstances. We will, without obligation:
- Provide you with an assessment of the prospects of having your dog returned home;
- Provide you with advice about all your options;
- Set out the cost of each option;
- Provide a 15 minute telephone consultation to answer any questions you may have;
- Agree payment options with you if you want us to take your case.
If you decide to instruct us further and the first hearing of the case will be a case management hearing that we can deal with by writing to the police and the court we will not charge you further for that hearing.
Appeals against destruction orders
Act now – you only have 21 days to appeal against the order to prevent your dog being put to sleep.
We can help even if you were not represented in the magistrates’ court. Please contact us urgently by telephone with details of the court that made the order and the date the order was made. Please be ready to send the papers that the police provided to you to us by email or in the post.