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Being accused of a crime you did not commit, then being prosecuted, is a very disturbing experience. Luckily, there are definitive steps you can take to ensure that your rights are upheld and that you are properly compensated for wrongful prosecution. 

DPP Law can help you to put together your case and achieve compensation for an ordeal that can leave many people truly shaken and with a significantly diminished sense of trust in the legal system. 

Compensation for malicious prosecution usually starts at around £2,000, but if the case takes two years or more, that amount could end up exceeding £10,000. 

You’ll be eligible to make a claim of malicious prosecution if:

  • You can prove that you were charged based on evidence that was fabricated by the police
  • You were found innocent of the offence in question in a court of law
  • The charges against you have been dropped before your case went to trial
  • You have accepted a bind-over (a bind over is a promise to change your behaviour or activities in return for any charges being dropped) 

It’s important that the relevant case – in which you were a defendant – has come to a close, whether due to charges being dropped or you being acquitted before suing for malicious prosecution. You cannot claim malicious prosecution for ongoing cases, or cases in which you were not found innocent.

In one particular case during the final quarter of 2018, DPP Law achieved a considerable amount of compensation for a client who had been assaulted, falsely imprisoned and maliciously prosecuted by the police. 

What are the elements of malicious prosecution?

To claim for malicious prosecution, a person must have had legal proceedings brought against them as the result of malice on the part of members of the police force or another prosecuting authority. Malicious prosecution can also be argued if proceedings were continued for this reason despite it being clear that the suspect or defendant was innocent of the wrongdoing in question. 

Who can claim for malicious prosecution?

Anyone who has been acquitted of the crime in question, or has had the relevant case against them dropped, may make a malicious prosecution claim – as long as they are able to prove that the prosecuting authority acted with malice in bringing said case against them. 

As your legal representatives and advisors, DPP Law can offer you:

  • Trustworthy 24 hour specialist legal advice, counsel and support
  • More than 30 years’ of experience
  • Clarity and transparency throughout

If you feel that legal action is being taken against you without probable cause or is based on untruths, you need to put together a solid defence as soon as you can. Get in touch with DPP Law today to discuss the matter and find out how we can help you.

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