Police Station Representation
What happens at the police station is often more important than what occurs in the courtroom in terms of determining the outcome of a case. Most cases are won or lost at the police station. Confessions, sometimes false, are obtained from suspects, evidence is gathered, deals are done, and decisions are made which will inevitably influence the course of subsequent events. Accordingly it is vital to instruct an experienced lawyer from the outset.
Anyone detained at a police station is entitled to be represented by a solicitor of their choice. If you, a friend or a relative is being detained at a police station then please do not hesitate to contact us urgently so that we can assist. Sometimes the police will tell you to use the duty solicitor which may mean that you may not get the best representation. Remember that you should insist on using the solicitor of your choice.
Legal advice at the police station is free of charge to any person who has been arrested or is being interviewed by the police as a volunteer. You are not obliged to say anything to the police and we advise all clients to maintain their right to silence until they speak with us.
We can be contacted 24 hours a day on either our office number (020 7353 7000) or free phone number (0800 051 10 67). Our Crime Line is always staffed by experienced criminal solicitors who can arrange emergency police station representation on your behalf.
Our dedicated police station representatives have a wealth of experience advising suspects at police stations and will:
• secure information from the police
• safeguard your rights
• provide expert advice on matters arising out of arrest and police detention
• provide expert advice on how to approach a police request to interview you
Whilst Criminal Defence Solicitors is based in London, we can arrange for representation throughout the UK. We offer a 24 hour service.