Police Station Legal Defence

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Someone you know is currently at a police station?

If someone you know is currently detained at a police station having been arrested by the police, contact us now for immediate, effective, free legal help & advice. Effective defence begins at the police station & you should not wait – we are available 24 hours any time of day or night all year round. Just call 07932 617 383 anytime, day or night.  Whatever the allegation, you need to know that you will be represented by a firm with the expertise and ability to truly represent and make a difference. We defend anyone accused of committing a crime and being one of the largest criminal solicitors in the country, you can rest assured that we have the resources 24/7 to ensure that your loved ones will be looked after. Remember not only is our service excellent, it is FREE to you,

Frequently Asked Questions?

1. How much will legal representation at a police station cost?

Anyone detained at a police station is entitled to free and independent legal advice, free of charge to you. The cost of representation at the police station is paid for through government agencies and there is no charge for this service.

2. Asking for a solicitor, causes delay?

This is often suggested by many people (not least the police themselves). It is simply not true. In most cases, we can ensure that you are dealt with properly and fairly. This usually means quickly as we can apply pressure on the police to ensure that they are conducting any investigation quickly and properly. Whilst you are detained at a police station, the police are required to review your detention. We can ensure that this process is done properly and fairly. In most instances, we can arrange representation in any police station within 45 minutes – the sooner you call us, the sooner we can try and get your loved ones released.

3. Who is the Police Station Duty Solicitor

A Duty Solicitor is a qualified solicitor, who is usually employed by or works for an independent firm. It is important to stress that they are completely independent of the police, the courts and the prosecution. Each Duty Solicitor takes turns on a being on a rota. Most if not all Criminal Defence Solicitors firms in the country will employ at least on Duty Solicitor. Anyone detained at a police station is entitled to free and independent legal advice. If you are in police custody and cannot contact your own solicitor, or do not know of solicitor, then you will be given the option of speaking to the Duty Solicitor. This is not, as is often thought, the ‘police solicitor’, but simply the solicitor that is on the rota at that time. The police contact the Duty Solicitor Call Centre and the Call Centre will contact the solicitor on the rota at that time. The police have no say in which solicitor will be contacted when they ask for the Duty Solicitor. It is important to remember that the Duty solicitor is completely independent of the police and the prosecution.

4. What are my rights when I am at the police station.

You have a number of rights whilst detained at a police station. Most of these rights are contained within the Codes of Practice issued under the Police and Evidence Act 1984 (PACE). Your most important rights at the police station are:

  • That you are entitled to free and independent legal advice
  • That you are entitled to tell someone where you are
  • That you have medical help if you’re feeling ill
  • see the rules the police must follow (‘Codes of Practice’)
  • see a written notice telling you about your rights - eg regular breaks for food and to use the toilet.

If you are under 17 or a vulnerable adult, the police must try to contact your parent, guardian or carer. They must also find an ‘appropriate adult’ to come to the station to help you and be present during questioning and searching. An appropriate adult can be:

  • your parent, guardian or carer
  • a social worker
  • another family member or friend aged 18 or over
  • a volunteer aged 18 or over
5. How long can I be held for at the police station.

The police can hold you for up to 24 hours before they have to charge you with a crime or release you. The police can extend this time with the authority of a superintendent to 36 hours. If the police want to extend this period even further, they cannot do so without an order from a Magistrates Court. The Magistrates can extend the period that you are allowed to be detained by another 36 hours, making the total time that you can be detained 96 hours. If you’re arrested under the Terrorism Act, you can be held without charge for up to 14 days.

You have been released by the police but have to go back.

It is quite common for the police to release you from the police station following arrest with a requirement that you should return to the police station at a later date. This could be for any number of reasons but will usually be for the police to make further enquires in your case. This can be quite a critical time in the investigation and a time when evidence can be lost (sometimes for ever). During this period, it may be necessary to secure details or testimony from potential witnesses before their memories fade or the possibility of contact is lost for ever. CCTV may go to prove your case and without it being secured, could be lost for ever. There are a great many of issues that could be involved in your case, which may require expert consideration. You could leave this to the police and hope they are able to get it right. We would recommend against this course of action. Whether you were represented at the police station or not, contact us today for a no obligation consultation and let us show you how we can help.

You have been advised by the police to contact them or to attend the police station

Do not underestimate what this might be about. You may think you have nothing to hide and you have done nothing wrong. If this is the case, then you really do need us with you. In many cases, we can determine in advance, why the police want to speak with you and if there is no evidence linking you to any wrongdoing, we may be able to avoid you having to attend at all. Contact us today for a no obligation consultation and let us show you how we can help.

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