At Paul J Watson Solicitor, your local Middlesbrough Criminal Solicitors, we understand that to be interviewed by the Police can be a distressing and intimidating experience.
The right advice in criminal defence when you need it most, from police stations and benefits office interviews, through magistrates, court martial and crown court, we are with you every step of the way, providing sympathetic, knowledgeable advice and a strong will to achieve the best result for our clients.
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We have an established reputation in criminal defence work, from minor offences to the most serious criminal charges. We also undertake RSPCA defence and court martial cases.
If you are arrested, you should ask for a legal representative to be contacted on your behalf. This service is free to everyone and is not means tested.
Our Defence Team is made up by; Paul Watson (Principal Solicitor), Damian Alexander Sabino (Higher Court Advocate Solicitor) and Emma Richardson (Paralegal/Police Station Representative). We are members of the Criminal Defence Service, approved by the Legal Aid Agency. This means that we can offer free legal advice and representation under the “Legal Aid” scheme, from the Police Station, through to the Court of Appeal, to all that are eligible.
We also offer competitive rates for private fee-paying clients, particularly for road traffic offences, such as speeding and other minor motoring offences.
- Free 24 hour call-outs to the Police Station;
- Free initial appointments;
- Legal Aid on successful means testing;
- Specialist solicitors with over 40 years' combined experience;
- Support when you need it most.
Our highly experienced Criminal Defence Solicitors will ensure that you receive the proper legal advice and will explain matters in a down to earth manner. We operate a 24 hour emergency service and are members of the Duty Solicitor Scheme, so if you are arrested, just ask for Paul Watson.
If you are charged with an criminal offence, then Paul Watson Solicitor will continue to offer advice and support in dealing defending you in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court or Court of Appeal. Our Criminal Defence Solicitors Middlesbrough will endeavour to assist you in obtaining the best possible outcome, vigorously defending your rights at every stage. Our Solicitors are assisted by professional and committed staff, trained to deal with clients in a sympathetic and confidential manner.
Contact our Crime Team to arrange a free no-obligation consultation on 01642 293427,
or fill in our Contact Form and we will call you.
Mr Watson has extensive experience in dealing with criminal defence cases, including representation of clients (both youth and adult) with mental health difficulties, such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Order, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders and others.
In particular, Mr Watson has dealt with a large number of successful defence cases for those accused of sexual offences and indecent images, and also for those subject to Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) applications.
We cover all aspects of criminal defence, from motoring (driving) offences to assaults, drug offences, benefit fraud, court martials, sex offences, indecent images, fraud and murder.
We have a proven track record of strong defence. In December 2016 alone, three out of three clients accused of rape were acquitted at trial.
As you may appreciate, after over 30 years in practice, we cannot name every high profile criminal defence case, but listed below are samples of some of our most recent (names omitted);-
Defending a client accused of murdering his girlfriend in their flat in the Middlesbrough area, involving issues of automatism and other related Mental Health issues.
Defending a client accused of the murder of a woman by her partner in the Marske area in the presence of her three small children, involving issues of alleged memory loss.
Defending a client accused of the murder of a school teacher by her partner in the Loftus area of East Cleveland, involving issues of alleged memory loss.
Defending a client accused of attempted murder of a man, involving the severance of a limb.
Defending a 15 year old boy accused of pouring petrol over the complainant, aged 14 years and then setting him alight.
Defending a 17 year old youth accused of biting off another youth’s lip.
Defending a client accused of historic child sexual abuse, including rape of step daughters over an 8 year period.
Defending a client accused of sexual assault on his 14 year old niece.
Defending a client accused of attempted rape of one teenage boy and sexual assault of several others, together with deception and resulting Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) application.
Defending a client who was charged as a result of “Operation Landslide”, with downloading indecent images of children over the Internet.
Defending a client accused of kidnap and causing sexual activity from a teenage boy.
Defending a client accused of incest with his now adult daughter.
Defending a 12 year old boy accused of indecent assault by digital penetration on girl under 13 years, child abduction, sexual touching and S47 Assault, in addition to seven offences of non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl under 13 years.
Defending a client accused of paying a 12 year old boy for sexual services.
Defending a client accused of taking indecent photographs of children and sexual touching of children.
Defending a client accused of anal rape of his wife.
Drugs/Controlled Substance offences
Defending a client accused of growing cannabis on a commercial basis and representing him in the resulting Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) application.
Defending a client accused of permitting his home to be used in the supply of Liquid Ecstasy (GHB) which resulted in the death of his partner.
Defending a client accused of Benefit Fraud, which he obtained to pay for his son’s drug habit.
Defending a client accused of supplying Ecstasy tablets to a man who subsequently died.
Defending a family accused of Modern Day Slavery.
Defending a client accused of child abuse and neglect of her son.
Defending a client accused of S47 Assault upon his adopted son.
Defending numerous non-accidental injury cases.
Acting for parents in a Forced Marriage Protection Order application.
RSPCA Defence cases
Won leading case of RSPCA v Nadian, which became a landmark case in RSPCA Defence.
Defending a client who ran an animal shelter and who was accused by the RSPCA of animal neglect and cruelty.
Defending a client accused of failing to obtain medical treatment for a dog which had been involved in dog fighting.
Defending a client accused of failing to obtain medical treatment and to supply food and shelter, for three horses.
Defending a client accused of failing to obtain medical treatment for a dog with an infected tail.
Defending a client accused of violence/cruelty towards a dog.
Defending three clients accused of neglect/cruelty towards a dog.
Defending a client accused of neglect/causing unnecessary suffering to German Shepherd dogs.
Defending clients accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a Doberman dog.