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Our client, still recovering from severe injuries and the trauma of a recent stabbing, was with friends at a local takeaway when they were unexpectedly threatened by three armed individuals on a motorbike. Reacting instinctively for self-defense during this shocking encounter, our client became involved in an affray and was found with a bladed article. A machete, found near the scene, had been quickly used in defense against the attackers.

This instinctive response, born out of fear and the instinctual will to survive, led to our client’s arrest at their home for affray and possession of a bladed article in a public place. Our criminal defence lawyers exerted great effort to argue that the client acted in self-defense in response to the charges of affray and possession of a bladed article. However, it was imperative that the court also took into account our client’s mental health when making their decision. Our client had been diagnosed with several disorders: Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, bipolar disorder, and PTSD due to a past stabbing incident. 

Acknowledging the significance of our client’s mental health in defending against charges of affray and possession of a bladed article, our criminal defence lawyer focused on thorough trial preparation and ensuring their comfort with the legal proceedings. We re-engaged their familiar barrister to boost confidence and arranged an intermediary for clear testimony communication, aiming to provide support and reassurance throughout the trial. 

The trial, a culmination of meticulous preparation and expert defence strategy by our defence solicitors regarding the charges of affray and possession of a bladed article, led to a jury deliberation that lasted a mere 40 minutes. The result was a testament to our commitment to justice: a unanimous verdict of not guilty on both counts. Our client experienced immense relief, a stark contrast to the serious accusations of affray and possession of a bladed article that once loomed over them.

This case, involving charges of affray and possession of a bladed article, underscores not only the importance of a strong legal defense by a our defence solicitors but also the vital role that mental health understanding plays within the legal process. It highlights our firm’s dedication to advocating for clients with complex needs and ensuring that their voices are heard, respected, and ultimately, vindicated. 

Should you or a loved one be facing similar circumstances, please contact us immediately. With over 38 years of experience, we are adept at defending your rights and looking after your best interests, especially in cases involving affray and possession of a bladed article. Call us now for a free no-obligation consultation; we are available 24/7. 



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