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Once charged, or in receipt of a summons served by the court or police, the next stage is a first appearance at the magistrates’ court. There is work to do before this hearing and we ensure clients are advised on the preparation needed and the process they are facing. Part of this preparation will include consideration of the merits of any alternative disposal, such as a police caution, or a review of the case for discontinuance. This review is ongoing throughout the case but may be relevant at an early stage. Funding of legal representation is an important issue, we aim to ensure all supporters eligible for legal aid are successful in their applications. If clients are not entitled to legal aid we offer private paying clients a fixed fee payment system which provides unlimited advice and assistance without fear of additional charges per call/email. If you are successful in your case, we advise and assist with the  claim for part of your legal defence costs from government central funds as well as travel costs to court.

The vast majority of football supporters charged with an offence will have a football banning order (FBO) application attached and may also have draconian bail conditions imposed on them which are effectively football banning orders by another name.  The intention of the police is for the prosecution to apply for a FBO if the supporter is convicted of the offence at court. That is, by pleading guilty or being found guilty after trial, the court will be asked to make a FBO with the minimum term being 3 years to a maximum of 5 years. Read our FBO advice for more information on these orders and common conditions imposed.  Needless to say, we excel in opposing FBO applications and the entire court case will be prepared with the application in mind.

For serious cases your case may be heard in the Crown Court. Football Law Associates provide representation for all court venues please see further information here.

Once charged, or in receipt of a summons served by the court or police, the next stage is a first appearance at the magistrates’ court. There is work to do before this hearing and we ensure clients are advised on the preparation needed and the process they are facing. Part of this preparation will include consideration of the merits of any alternative disposal, such as a police caution, or a review of the case for discontinuance. This review is ongoing throughout the case but may be relevant at an early stage. Funding of legal representation is an important issue, we aim to ensure all supporters eligible for legal aid are successful in their applications. If clients are not entitled to legal aid we offer private paying clients a fixed fee payment system which provides unlimited advice and assistance without fear of additional charges per call/email. If you are successful in your case, we advise and assist with the  claim for part of your legal defence costs from government central funds as well as travel costs to court.

The vast majority of football supporters charged with an offence will have a football banning order (FBO) application attached and may also have draconian bail conditions imposed on them which are effectively football banning orders by another name.  The intention of the police is for the prosecution to apply for a FBO if the supporter is convicted of the offence at court. That is, by pleading guilty or being found guilty after trial, the court will be asked to make a FBO with the minimum term being 3 years to a maximum of 5 years. Read our FBO advice for more information on these orders and common conditions imposed.  Needless to say, we excel in opposing FBO applications and the entire court case will be prepared with the application in mind.

For serious cases your case may be heard in the Crown Court. Football Law Associates provide representation for all court venues please see further information here.