Criminal Law

Our Criminal Law department deals with all aspects of representation from police station to Magistrates’ Court / Crown Court and to the Appeal Court if applicable. We hold a Legal Aid Contract in crime and can advise whether public funding (Legal Aid) may be available for your case.

We provide you with guidance and excellent legal advice and representation, ensuring that you are supported and aware of your rights at every stage of the process.


Everyone who is detained at a Police Station is entitled to receive free independent legal advice from a solicitor of their choice. Having legal representation at the Police Station is crucial, as what happens there can seriously influence the outcome of any Court proceedings that follow.

If you, or a loved one are arrested, then simply ask for ‘Cowans Solicitors LLP’ when you arrive at the custody suit, and we will be contacted and ensure that you are looked after.

We work mainly in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, but can arrange representation anywhere in the country, providing a swift attendance.

What do we deal with?

We have extensive experience in defending all offences, no matter how minor or how serious the allegation. We often take on cases from the outset, but can step in where needed at any stage.

The sorts of cases that often come to us include:

Assault (common, actual & grievous bodily harm)
Sexual Offences (including allegations of historic abuse)
Criminal Damage
Theft, Robbery & Burglary
Public Order & Breach of Peace Offences
Criminal Damage
Drugs Offences (from straight possession to cultivation & importation)
Manslaughter & Murder
Money Laundering / Proceeds of Crime
We also regularly advise and represent clients in Motoring Offences, ensuring that the police procedures have been followed correctly and identifying any weaknesses in the prosecution case. Visit the link below for more information

The Criminal Law department operate our of our Dorking and Ash Vale offices so we are able to deal with cases in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire but we can try and help you wherever you are in the country.

Our Criminal Team


Criminal Law Emergency?

Put our 24 hour contact number on your mobile phone: 07718 871 869