What Are Written Representations?
Published on 25th August, 2016 by Desmond Ong
Your Criminal Defence lawyer can submit written representations on your behalf to the Prosecution.
Written representations are how the Criminal Defence lawyer seeks to convince the Prosecution to either drop the charge against you or to amend the charge that you face to a lighter charge.
Your Criminal Defence lawyer will include reasons why the charge that you face should be dropped or amended to a lighter charge in the written representations.
An example of what the Criminal Defence lawyer could include in the written representations are how you were gravely provoked before you committed the offence and therefore the charge that you face of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means (i.e. Section 324 of the Penal Code with a maximum jail term of 7 years) should be amended to the lighter charge of voluntarily causing hurt on provocation (i.e. Section 334 of the Penal Code with a maximum jail term of 3 months).
There is real value in hiring a Criminal Defence lawyer and you should definitely engage one if your financial resources allow you to do so. If your financial resources do not allow you to engage a Criminal Defence lawyer, you should write in to the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) to ask if you qualify for legal aid.