Criminal Law

If you have been accused of or arrested for an offense, it is important to contact an attorney immediately to obtain legal advice. A Batchelor & Associates will ensure professional legal assistance should you require representation in any criminal matter.

HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED WITH?

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Assault
  • Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm
  • Theft
  • Reckless and negligent driving

As an accused person, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The onus is on the State to prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

YOUR RIGHTS AS AN ACCUSED PERSON:

  • You have the right to remain silent
  • You have the right to be brought before a court as soon as reasonably possible, but not later than 48 hours after arrest
  • You have the right to legal representation
  • You have the right to a fair trial

HIRING A CRIMINAL ATTORNEY:

When you have been accused of or charged with committing a criminal offense, you need to contact your lawyer immediately. You need to know your rights, and have legal representation as soon as possible. At A Batchelor & Associates we specialise in criminal law and can represent you accordingly.

As your legal representative, we will make sure your rights are protected in any criminal case and provide you with the best possible advice regarding your matter. Having a criminal law expert on your side means that we will work to have the charges against your dropped or lowered; ensure that no evidence was obtained illegally and conduct a thorough investigation including interviewing of witnesses and other relevant parties. We will also appear on your behalf at first appearances; bail applications; and trial, or appoint an advocate to do so, should this be required in your specific matter.

Contact A Batchelor & Associates in Cape Town as soon as you become aware of any criminal charges laid against you. We will guide you every step of the way and ensure that you do not incriminate yourself in any way.

WHAT IS THIS GOING TO COST ME?

In a criminal matter you will be required to pay an upfront deposit. The amount is not fixed and this can be negotiated with your attorney based on the type of matter, complexity and time involved.

There are various options available to structure a fee for representing you in your criminal case, and these can be discussed upfront with your attorney beforehand. We can also provide advice on how to cut down on any unnecessary legal expenses.

WORKING WITH A BATCHELOR & ASSOCIATES

At A Batchelor & Associates our resident Criminal law expert, Eric Louw, is always on hand to assist you with legal representation and advice if a criminal charge has been laid against you. He is available 24 hours per day; 7 days per week should you require personal assistance relating to any type of criminal matter.

South African Criminal Law FAQs