reply to post by Shiloh7
Whilst it is indeed getting harder for the 'ordinary working man' to get Legal Aid etc it's certainly not impossible and not even uncommon.
Some things about this just don't sound right
....is due to appear in a Magistrate's Court and unless it is dropped presumably will go onto the Crown Court.
That all depends on the severity of the charge.
If found guilty then the Magistrate can either pass sentence or if the punishment could be too severe for a Magistrate's remit then it could be
referred to Crown for sentencing.
'That it is only an alleged incident etc'. This apparently means the Police aren't sure and will let a Jury/Court decide, despite the fact witnesses
have been interviewed who said it was not true, so its not a straight forward 'Guilty Mi Lord!'
The police can decide to drop charges but the final decision on whether a case goes to Magistrates or straight to Crown or get's dropped ultimately
lies with The Crown Prosecution Service's, CPS. They allegedly judge a case on the strength and type of evidence etc and then take whatever course of
action they deem appropriate.
This guy has just had a bill for this 'alleged' incident at £8,000 for his legal costs and a demand for his car plus £900 in 4 weeks time to be paid
to some agency he has never heard of before.
Who has he had the 'bill' off?
The Crown will not charge any costs that they deem is required until after final sentencing, so they can not have sent him the bill.
So it can only be the legal firm he has asked to represent him - if it's anyone else I'd suggest it's an attempt to fraud.
Rossendales are a bona fide debt collecting agency, the bill can only have come from the legal firm representing him who must have notified him prior
to engaging Rossendales.
Has there been any legal action taken against him to recover these costs?
Without a court order etc then these demands are absolutely toothless.
As an aside, the legal profession is one of the most corrupt and amoral extortion rackets running in this country.
If you have any complaints about the service they have provided, costs etc then there is an appeal process you can go through whereby lawyers pass
judgement on other lawyers - how often do you think they decide in favour of the complainant?
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