The offence of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice is when two or more people agree to prevent justice from being served on somebody. That ‘somebody’ may be one of the people involved in the conspiracy, all of them or somebody else.

Considered by the courts as a common-law offence, the sentence can be harsh, and those convicted may even be handed a maximum of life imprisonment.

For there to be a conviction in a case like this, the prosecution must prove that the accused were operating in agreement. Their arrangement may be implied, express or assumed, but they were acting together. There must also be either circumstantial or direct evidence of the intention to pervert the course of justice.

If you find yourself in a situation for being either charged or arrested with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, there’s no doubt that you’ll be feeling worried. This will also be the case if you’ve been invited to the police station for a police interview.

Gaining a favourable outcome in a trial around this offence relies on engaging a highly competent solicitor who has experience in this field of law. A solicitor can give you guidance and support from the early stages through to the end of the trial.

In our experience, the faster you make contact with a lawyer who will be able to support and represent you, the more chance you have of being cleared of an offence. It’s essential to work with solicitors who already have vast experience of defending other people just like you in other conspiracies to pervert the course of justice cases so that they can apply what they have learned to your situation.

Have you been charged or arrested for Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice?  

It’s natural to feel very worried if you or somebody you know well is arrested or charged for an offence such as conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. You’ll be concerned about what might happen next.

In some cases, people are charged, but they have no involvement in such an act. They have been wrongly accused, and it’s critical that they get their name cleared from being connected to the crime.

We’ve put together several questions and answers to provide you with some guidance when it comes to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. We are here to answer any further questions and can be called on 0208 888 5225. Alternatively use our contact form, to be provided with answers.

Our aim to provide you with support and guidance during this difficult time.

What is a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice offence?

When a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice offence is acted, it can be performed in any of these three ways:

  • Fabricating or disposing of evidence
  • Threatening or using intimidation techniques on a witness or juror
  • Threatening or using intimidation techniques on a judge

A conspiracy is when two or more people agree to a course of action that is illegal.

In these types of cases, the prosecution will be seeking to provide evidence that the accused were operating together and had a kind of ‘agreement’ between them. The agreement may be assumed or implied but working together to pervert the course of justice was the intended aim.

What happens in a case of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice?

There’s no doubt that anybody who is under investigation for a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice offence will find it stressful. They will be most concerned about what the outcome of the case might be. Will they be convicted and given a prison sentence? If so, how will their dependents manage financially without their input?

This is why you must hire a lawyer with experience and in-depth knowledge of this area of law. They will be able to provide you with the guidance that you need to gain the most favourable outcome.

When collecting evidence to use against you in court, the police may examine your social media, mobile phone, tablet and laptop looking for communications.

Despite every court case being entirely different, there are some defence factors that solicitors can reuse from case to case. It depends on what your circumstances are when it comes to creating a defence strategy. However, if you are part of an investigation, you must take legal advice. Ideally, you’ll opt to choose a lawyer who already has experience in the same offence so that they can provide you with the best possible support.

Have you been falsely accused of Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice?

As mentioned above, some people are wrongly accused of the crime of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Getting a lawyer onto your case as soon as possible means that you’ll benefit from being guided in what you should say and do.

It’s crucial that you get your case dismissed before it reaches the court stage.

The police are not only trained to gain convictions, but they will even accuse people of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in a bid to find out who was involved in the crime. Hiring a legal team who can craft a defence strategy can often get your name cleared from what is purely a mud throwing exercise before it reaches court.

A lawyer can help you to find out more before your police interview

The first you may hear that you are part of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice case is when you’re invited to the police station for a ‘chat’.

Using the tactics in which they’ve been trained, the police will not disclose all their evidence until it’s to their advantage. They like to put people in hot water in the police interview room.

One of their favourite tactics is not to disclose all the evidence that they have on anybody. When somebody doesn’t know all the evidence, they can incriminate themselves by answering a question in the wrong way.  These are the circumstances in which the value of a good lawyer is irreplaceable.

Instruct a legal professional as soon as possible

If you’re invited to the police station, do not go without being accompanied by a competent criminal solicitor.

Most police interviews involve being asked a long string of probing questions that are crafted to trip you up. Police know how to interweave questions with what you’ve already told them. They are also notorious for withholding information so that they can use it to get you to incriminate yourself.

If you don’t have a lawyer with you, you may find yourself saying the wrong thing and ending up with a charge and an arrest.

Will the police come to my home with a search warrant?  

A search warrant can be requested from the courts so that the police can look for further evidence to use against you at court. They will look at your communication devices, which people you have been calling on your phone and any other information that they can tie into the case. You may even find that the police put you and your connections under surveillance.

Does a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice conviction mean prison?

If you’re found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, you will be imprisoned. This is something that will be very concerning for those who depend on you and your income to live. This is why you need to ensure that you hire a legal professional who is not only qualified to represent you but somebody who knows the best possible defence to give you. Being sent to prison is very uncomfortable, and it could affect your future.

What is the sentence for a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice offence?

Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice is not taken lightly by judges. It’s an area of law that is taken very seriously and given a penalty to match it’s seriousness. If you’re found guilty of preventing justice from prevailing, you’re likely to be given a prison sentence.

Read more about sentencing for Conspiracy to Pervert The Course of Justice offences

What points will be considered when sentencing?

Conspiracy is an offence for which judges want to give harsh penalties. However, if this is your first offence and you were manipulated into it, or you have dependents who are handicapped, these are the type of factors that may make your punishment lighter than it might be otherwise. There will also be consideration taken on whether the crime was executed and what the outcome was.

Does a conspiracy to pervert the course conviction result in a criminal record?

If your conspiracy to pervert the course of justice progresses to court, and you are found guilty and convicted, you will be given a permanent criminal record.

Stuart Miller Solicitors are here for you

Over the years, our clients have come back to us time and again. We believe this is because, after thirty years of law practice, we have had such vast experience of many different offences, that they know they can rely on us for the best defence.

Something that we have learned during our time is that clients not only need a robust defence strategy that can exclusively be crafted by those with a lot of understanding of the offence but also give the necessary support.

Having developed extensive networks with other legal people, we know that our team has access to the best expert witnesses, QCs and barristers, and that is demonstrated in our results.

Our expert witnesses are skilled in the examination of surveillance evidence, cell site evidence and medically related matters. As part of the development of your defence, we will collect witness statements to shore up our arguments.

Call us about your conspiracy to pervert the course of justice allegations

You can use our Contact Us form, or you can call us on 0208 888 5225 to speak with us about your unique circumstances. We are happy to have a no-obligation chat with you to discuss your options and so that we can make some recommendations about your next steps.

What happens next?

If you decide to instruct us, then we will start working on your case. We are known for our pro-active and dedicated defence representation and assure you that you will gain peace of mind from having Stuart Miller Solicitors work on your case.

Our first steps will be to speak with you to understand what your current situation is, what happened during the time that the offence was meant to have occurred, and what might happen next.

We can meet with you

We can meet with you in person, speak with you on the phone or we can have a video meeting.

With decades of experience, you’ll be in the hands of legal experts that you can ultimately depend upon to achieve the best possible outcome. We will always explain everything to you and keep you and your family updated on what’s going on with the case.

The team at Stuart Miller Solicitors have some of the best legal minds in the country. Having achieved more than 40 acquittals for some grave crimes, we know that you won’t necessarily find any other lawyers who can represent you in a better way than we can on a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice case.

Call us today or contact us via WhatsApp (link at the bottom if you’re accessing this page via mobile phone) and we can take it from there.

We’re here for you and will provide you with the support you need to get through this challenging time.

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