Miscarriage of justice?

11th Jan 2018

I was attacked by four members of ex girlfriends family who then reported me for x2 assaults. I totally rebuked these charges but was found guilty by the wisdom of the magistrates court. I sold many assets and went to appeal to crown court where I was aquitted, yay! However I had to complete 200 hours community service before getting to the Crown court which devastated my business, as I had informed them it would, and also had to spend over 2,000 pounds on defence. The judge said there were no costs awarded. Now I wish to reclaim some of my losses? Is this possible as I cannot get any information from anyone so far. Please can you help?

CATEGORY: Criminal

LOCATION: NORTH YORKSHIRE

1 answer
  • Kent Criminal Law

    As far as the unpaid work requirement of your Community Order is concerned. Alas, you  will not be compensated for that. I am assuming that you were represented both before the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court. If you paid privately for both, then on acquittal by the Crown Court an application should have been made for a Defendants Costs Order. The order would have enabled you to recoup your costs from 'central funds'. These days the amount you get back is restricted to the equivalent rate a solicitor would get under the legal aid rates and thus you would not get all of your money back. The presumption is that the court will make such an order unless they form the view that you 'brought the prosecution on yourself'. I would approach the solicitors who represented you to find out if they did apply for a DCO and if they did, why it was refused.

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