Getting legal help: Legal aid and other help schemes
Finding a lawyer
How do I find a lawyer?
If you're charged with a criminal offence and don't quality for legal aid, and you don't have a lawyer, you'll usually need to hire a criminal lawyer to represent you in court. Community Law centres, the Citizens Advice Bureau and district law societies have lists of lawyers available.
It is crucial to do this as soon as possible. In most cases, the court will only put the case off once for two or three weeks before requiring you to enter a plea to the charge. (See “Other resources” at the end of this chapter.)