Criminal lawyers at Taylor Law can assist if you’ve been arrested, the Police want to talk to you or you’re due in Court.
Why Taylor Law?
As technology and online platforms have become an essential part of everyday life, the rules surrounding what constitutes unlawful activity are becoming increasingly complex.
Cybercrime includes serious offences such as fraud as well as more minor offences including unauthorised access to data which can be committed unwittingly by individuals or their organisations.
Expert legal advice and representation
At Taylor Law we have experience of representing clients across a whole range of cybercrime activity. We can represent you and your business during investigations into computer activity and offer practical and honest advice and guidance.
This area of law is complex and constantly evolving. We have contacts in adjacent areas of expertise whom we can call upon where necessary, including forensic IT experts and forensic accountants.
We will step in as soon as instructed to protect your rights and interests and to put together a strong case in your defence.
Areas of cybercrime
The term cybercrime covers a wide range of unlawful activities committed via computer, including
- Online fraud
- Spreading viruses
- Malware offences
- Phishing and spoofing
- Illegal data theft
- Privacy breaches
- Cryptocurrency offences
- Identity theft
- Unauthorised access to data and other offences under the Computer Misuse Act
- Selling and trading illegal items
- Malicious and offensive communications
The range of offences is large and penalties can be substantial. At the bottom of the scale of severity, it is an offence to use a person’s user ID or password. This is taken more seriously when a crime is committed following accessing someone else’s computer, such as stealing or blackmail.
The next level of offence relates to conduct such as a denial of service attack, spreading viruses or stealing data.
The most severe crimes attract large fines as well as possible prison sentences. In the case of serious cyber attacks that target essential systems or risk loss of life, social disruption or damage to the economy, environment or national security, a life sentence is possible.
There are also a number of other orders that can be made if someone is found guilty of a cybercrime, including compensation, restraint, disqualification from acting as a company director and confiscation.
Defending accusations of cybercrime
Our team can represent you from the start, attending interviews and attempting to have charges dropped where we do not believe there is sufficient evidence against you.
We will put together a robust defence on your behalf and ensure that you are represented by experts throughout. Where appropriate, we can advise you in respect of a plea. This involves pleading guilty early on in the proceedings in return for a reduced sentence of up to one-third less.
We can also assist if your assets are frozen during the investigation to try and release these and show that they are not related to any unlawful conduct.
At Taylor Law we have an excellent track record of success in working with clients who have been accused of a wide range of cybercrimes, with expert criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who can step in immediately to represent you.
For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.
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This work is carried out by:
Scott Taylor – Director of Taylor Law – Supervisor
Mark Lake – Senior Solicitor
Imogen Cox – Senior Solicitor
Ben Tighe – Solicitor
Our current hourly rates are £201 plus VAT per hour, with routine letters/telephone calls/emails (less than 6 minutes) costing £20.10 plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your case is. There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as expert fees, travel costs, copying charges etc. These will depend on your individual case.
Due to the experience of our criminal solicitors (both of whom are ex-duty solicitors), unlike many firms that deal with motoring offences, we do not routinely instruct barristers to attend court on your behalf, thus minimising costs.
In some cases, we are able to offer fixed fee representation. However, this depends upon various factors, such as the likely plea, how long any trial will take and the factual/ legal complexity of the case.
Usually, a guilty plea to a simple matter, at a court local to one of our offices, can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. If we are required to travel to a court in a different town or city, if the case is likely to be lengthy or will involve complex factual disputes or legal points, then the fixed fee will be higher.
In some cases, for instance where a not guilty plea is intended, or where the precise amount of work required cannot be accurately estimated or is unusually complex, then we are likely to deal with your matter by way of an hourly rate. Not guilty plea cases, which result in trials, are likely to start from £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
Our guideline fixed fees, based on attendances at local courts, are as follows:
Guilty pleas (requiring a single attendance at court) – from £800 plus VAT*
(*Additional attendances, for instance following an adjournment, are charged at £400 plus VAT)
Please note that the above fees relate solely to Magistrates’ Court cases. Appeals against sentence
or conviction, or privately funded Crown Court matters, can only be quoted upon a full assessment
of the case papers.
The typical key stages of dealing with a motoring case are as follows:
In guilty plea cases:
– Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on plea and likely sentence and, in not guilty cases, the likely issues for trial;
– Attending the Magistrates’ Court for the first appearance; dealing with plea and sentence.
In not guilty plea cases, as above, plus:
– Dealing with case management at the first court appearance;
– Taking a proof of evidence from you, taking statements from witnesses, instructing experts, drafting statements;
– Considering further evidence served by the prosecution and taking your instructions on it;
– Considering unused material;
– Drafting legal arguments (in complex cases)
– Preparation for and attendance at trial.
– The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the costs will be reduced.
As to timescales, for guilty pleas, cases typically conclude on the same day as the first appearance. In not guilty cases, it usually takes between 2 to 3 months to conclude, although if the trial is vacated and re-fixed for any reason, then it may take around 4 to 6 months.
“I used Scott Taylor to represent me when I sued the Police and Successfully won my case. I felt confident going to court as Scott walked me through everything and engaged an amazing barrister on my behalf. It took a while to get there but by god did we get there. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Scott again he knows what he is doing and supports you at all stages.”
Valerie Ann Cadman-Khan