Criminal Defence

When it comes to Criminal matters, time is always of the essence. Here at Circular Law Chambers, our experienced criminal lawyers will be able to provide you with quality, bespoke advice tailored specifically to your current situation. Whether you are still undergoing investigation by the authorities or have already been charged with an offence, our dedicated lawyers will always be at hand to assist you. We will be able to help you for the offence listed in the following:

  • Penal Code
  • Road Traffic Act
  • Misuse of Drugs Act
  • Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
  • Prevention of Corruption Act

Although the Singapore Criminal Justice system may look daunting and complicated, our criminal litigation team has extensive experience in representing clients and will be able to provide assistance by giving clear, thorough and complete advice on:

  • How to manage your current situation
  • What you can expect to pay (in terms of legal fees)
  • Whether you should plead guilty or claim trial
  • What are the sentences that you may face?
  • Whether there are any options for an appeal


1. I am currently undergoing investigation by the authorities, should I engage a lawyer now or wait for the authorities to tender a charge against me?

It is always important to know your legal rights right from the start. As such, you should seek advice from a lawyer as soon as possible. It is always better to be 3 hours too soon than a minute too late!

2. When I am brought in by the authorities for investigation, am I entitled to have a lawyer accompany me?

Contrary to what we usually see on television, the right to consult and be defended by a lawyer in Singapore does not arise immediately upon arrest but only after a “reasonable time after arrest”. This is done to allow the authorities to conduct an effective investigation.

3. How can a lawyer assist me in the event I choose to plead guilty?

If you elect to plead guilty, our lawyers will advise you accordingly and prepare certain documents for you. For example, our lawyers will prepare and tender a document known as the “Plea of Mitigation” to convince the court to mitigate your sentence.

4. How much does it cost to engage a criminal defence lawyer?

The legal cost may vary depending on the complexity of your case as well as the route you elect (to either plead guilty or claim trial). However, in Circular Law Chambers, we endeavour to provide our clients the best quality service for the most affordable prices.

5. Who can stand as surety during a bail?

Anyone who is a Singapore citizen, above 21 years old, is not a bankrupt and does not have any pending criminal proceedings against him or her may stand as surety. The suitability to be a surety is subject to the discretion of the Court.

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