Below are some recent cuttings from press coverage and news stories of the legal cases, and clients, Charles Ferguson has successfully defended in criminal courts.
Often, thanks to expert knowledge of the legal system and court proceedings, getting superb results that other defence lawyers and solicitors would simply not get if defending the same legal case in the same courts.
Charles has recently defended a client at Hamilton Sheriff Courts who was charged with assaulting a pensioner close to her home in Hamilton. The client, who suffers from depression and has a gambling addiction, admitted the assault and was cleared of other charges before being remanded.
Read the full story on the Daily Record website.
In the recent case below, the accused was charged with murder, abduction, disposing of the body then taking the body from the original disposal site and disposing of it in a landfill site. Charles negotiated with the Crown in his capacity as Counsel for Mr Shilliday and managed to persuade them to drop the murder charge.
They insisted that he plead guilty to the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, however, Charles managed to persuade them to accept a plea on the basis that he assisted in disposing of the body at the first site but thereafter his involvement was to allow the co-accused to use his car to move the body and thereafter he arranged to have the car cleaned. In all the circumstances we managed to persuade the Judge to deal with this matter by way of a 5 year sentence.
Thanks to our Director Charles Ferguson’s legal advocacy skills, our Client avoided a jail term. Instead, because of the various mitigating factors presented to the Court by Mr Ferguson, the client received an order to carry out community service and was given a fixed term prohibition order.
It is possible in all cases where a person is found, or pleads, guilty to an offence that their Solicitor can present a “mitigation” to the Court outlining the Client’s position concerning the matter and any factors that should be considered by the court before a sentence is imposed. By offering this “mitigation plea” to the Court, alternative sentences can be highlighted meaning that in certain circumstances more lenient sentences can be imposed such as the avoidance of jail and receiving a Community Service Order instead.
At a Trial date, Mr. Ferguson had a case successfully dismissed for a client in regards to a speeding offence. The police officers failed in this case to give an account of the speed limit on the road concerned; due to the careful examination of the Police witnesses by Charles Ferguson this was revealed to the court.
This case highlights that Charles Ferguson and all members of his dedicated legal team carefully evaluate all the evidence in each case so that the best possible outcome can be achieved for the client.
Our client was charged with attacking another person with a glass bottle; in the circumstances after speaking to Charles Ferguson who carefully considered the evidence and case it was felt that a guilty plea was the best option possible for the client, this lead to a guilty plea being tendered.
After pleading guilty Charles Ferguson was able to present to Court the client’s version of events and factors which led to the attack as well as other relevant information; this resulted in the client receiving a deferred sentence and avoiding a jail term.
In this case, Charles Ferguson highlighted to the Sheriff key aspects of a Social Enquiry Report about our Client. A Social Enquiry Report is prepared by the Social Work Department before certain sentences are passed, such as Community Service Orders or Prison Sentences. Due to the careful evaluation and presentation of the Social Enquiry Report by Mr Ferguson, including the impact a jail sentence would have on our client and members of the client’s family, to the Court an alternative to a Jail Sentence was imposed by the Sheriff, in this case Probation.
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