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Our client, Mr. D, found himself arrested and facing charges of human trafficking with a view to exploit them, and of county lines drug charges, after his close friends were arrested for the same offences. However, Mr. D had no idea his friends were involved in these offences, and was arrested by association.

Mr. D  found himself facing severe charges of human trafficking, and county lines drug charges after the police arrested him in association with two other defendants, Mr. T and Mr. L.  

Uncertain of how this happened and fearful for his reputation amidst allegations potentially related to human trafficking, Mr. D contacted us to represent him. Our criminal defence solicitors immediately sprang into action, determined to uncover the truth and to ensure our client’s voice was heard. After meticulously analysing all evidence submitted by the police and the prosecution, our criminal defence solicitors conducted their own thorough legal investigation into the matter. After combing through our client’s phone for evidence, working with a forensic expert to analyse the other defendants’ mobile phones, gathering witness statements from the complainant’s friends and family members, and speaking to our client’s friends and family members to ascertain his character, our human trafficking and drugs lawyers discovered the truth behind his arrest. 

Our client was close friends with Mr. T and Mr. L, having grown up together on the same council estate and attended the same school. They would often play football together, and remained close friends. Unbeknownst to him, Mr. T and Mr. L had joined a gang, and were implicated in charges of supplying drugs, coercing younger children to join the gang with them, and involvement in activities related to human trafficking – which included the complainant. Our client, however, had no affiliation with the gang, and didn’t know that his friends were a part of the gang, either. Though the prosecution argued that our client was with Mr. T and Mr. L at various points, our defence lawyers were able to prove that they were simply spending time together as friends. Our client’s phone had no messages about supplying drugs or involvement in human trafficking, and though they spent time together, they did so as friends – not as co-defendants in a crime. 

During the trial, our defence lawyers submitted overwhelming evidence proving our client’s innocence in the case related to allegations of human trafficking – including lengthy phone records, text messages, and witness statements that highlighted his character and his good nature. Faced with the facts, the jury realized that our client was wrongfully arrested, with no involvement in the human trafficking crime whatsoever. He was immediately acquitted, and his reputation was secured. 

What starts off as an innocent childhood friendship can land you in jail, facing a wrongful arrest and unfair charges; simply because the police made an unfair association between the two of you, potentially linking you to serious crimes such as human trafficking. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us now. We’re here to help defend your rights and protect your interests. 

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