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Criminal Defence Solicitors

Criminal Defence Solicitors based in Sheffield, Barnsley & Rotherham 

Howells is a leading criminal defence firm in South Yorkshire. Our expert specialists have extensive experience in successfully defending clients accused of a full range of criminal offences.


Our criminal defence solicitors understand that being investigated or charged with any serious criminal offence is a daunting prospect. Many of our clients have not had any previous dealings with the police, or attending court, and find the experience overwhelming and unsettling.


If you have been arrested by the police, our 24/7 accessibility means that one of our team will always be available on call to come to the police station to represent you. Call 07774 162757 if you have been arrested.

How a Criminal Defence Solicitor Can Help

Our criminal defence solicitors will guide you through the difficult process of attending a police station for an interview or attending court. They will also provide advice and assistance from the first phone call through to the conclusion of the case.


It is essential to seek expert legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity. We operate a 24-hour call-out service for those detained in police custody, ensuring that we can respond to your needs without delay.


Our specialist team covers a broad spectrum of work, focusing not solely on crimes such as murder, assault, drugs, and burglary but also embracing financial crime, health, safety and environmental health cases, complex fraud and the full range of motoring offences.

Our criminal defence team have been involved in many high-profile cases over the years and has built a reputation for their energy and determination.

Services Provided by our Criminal Defence Solicitors:

Criminal Defence Frequently Asked Questions 


When Can I Contact a Criminal Defence Solicitor?

Criminal defence solicitors will help you if you’re suspected or accused of a crime. Solicitors can represent you, and ensure your legal rights are protected. You can contact us if you have been arrested, are on police bail, are facing an investigation or are being prosecuted for a regulatory offence.


How Long Will the Criminal Court Proceedings Take?

The overall length of court proceedings will depend on the nature of the offence. The severity of the crime will determine whether the matter is heard in a Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court. 

If a matter is contested at trial at the Crown Court, it could take anything from a few months to over 12 months to conclude. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll be required to wait longer than a couple of months for a trial in the Magistrates’ Court.


How Long Should You Wait Before Getting a Solicitor?

You should contact a criminal defence solicitor as soon as you become aware that you are being accused of an offence. It’s important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible, so they can explain your rights and tell you what to expect.


24 Hour Arrest Helpline

Advice at the police station is free of charge, regardless of means.

If you have been arrested by the police, our 24/7 accessibility means that one of our team will always be available on call to come to the police station to represent you.

The most important part of the case is often what takes place at the police station, so it is vital to get the representation you need.

Our expert criminal team can be contacted at any time on 07774 162757

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The Howells Solicitors law team are compassionate, down-to-earth and professional, offering you the best expert advice. Get in touch with solicitors in Sheffield, Rotherham, and Barnsley to see how we can help. Fill in the form or give us a call at:

Criminal Defence Costs

We will provide clear guidance on costs at the outset of the case and will apply for Legal Aid wherever it is available, to ensure the quality advice you need is accessible and affordable.

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What Do Our
Clients Say?

“Very good solicitors to use, they were very helpful with my case. Alex Nolan was my solicitor very professional and also down to earth in explaining everything. He worked hard on my case and was brilliant all the way through. Nothing was too much trouble for him.”

June 2021

I would like to thank you for your support, guidance and advice provided. Additionally, your professionalism in handling my situation.

Criminal Defence Client

“Your service is very good. I have not had any problems yet that Howells has not dealt with. All of the staff from the switchboard to solicitors are kind and speak to me as a person.”

Criminal Client, September 2019

"I have used Howells for over 10 years and I have always had excellent service. I have always been put at ease. Excellent service. Thank you"

Criminal Client, October 2019

Howells Solicitors offers expertise and support. Chris Wong, one of its most experienced solicitors, is extremely knowledgeable and is prepared to help both clients and people who just seek advice. He was generous with his time and offered tremendous help with clarifying possible outcomes of a difficult case. Even though it was not possible to transfer the case to him in the end, he offered help and advice free of charge and showed incredible humanity that gave us faith in the justice system. This is a person who really cares for justice. I would recommend him unreservedly.

V.S July 2018

We were most impressed with the professionalism and expertise and tireless effort you showed throughout the case” “You showed care and sensitivity in which you conducted this case… Equally we were impressed with the way you kept us informed at each stage of the case.

Criminal Defence Client

I would like to thank you so much for the time and effort you put into my case, I felt from the start I was being represented in the best way I could. I will certainly recommend both of you in an instance should the circumstance arrive. I feel as if my life can start again now.

Criminal Defence Client

Just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work Kathryn Lill did whilst representing me at Barnsley Magistrates this week.  She did an amazing job and is a credit to your company.

NS, Criminal Defence Client, Sept 2016

Just want to say on behalf of our family a big big thank you for your help and assistance through what has been a very difficult time. I know you are doing your job, however I have to say how impressed we all were with your professionalism and empathy, and the respectful way that you dealt with my son. I am pleased with the outcome and he couldn’t have asked for a better one to be fair.

Criminal Defence Client, April 2016