Should you have a Solicitor with you when you are interviewed by the Police? Even if it's just to "come in and have a chat"?
The short answer is “Yes”, whether it is a voluntary attendance or you have been arrested or are returning on bail and these are the reasons why;
- It is Free of Charge. If you are arrested or asked to attend for a voluntary interview, you should ask for Paul J Watson Solicitor to be contacted. This service is free of charge to everyone at any time of day and is not means tested. Whatever your financial circumstances, you do not need to pay for a Solicitor's advice at the police station.
- It is your right to have free and independent legal advice before answering any questions from the police.
- Anything that you discuss with our solicitors is confidential.
- When our Criminal Defence solicitors arrive at the police station they look at the custody record to ensure that you have not been mistreated by the police. From the moment you were arrested, we will endeavour to ensure that you are treated properly by the police until you are released.
- The only way of ensuring that you are dealt with fairly and correctly by the police is by using a solicitor.
- In order to know your full rights whilst at a police station, it is best to use a solicitor
- If you ask for a solicitor, the police have to provide that solicitor with the full details of any allegations against you. We can then tell you this information before the interview, making sure that you are fully prepared prior to the interview taking place. The solicitor will also advise on the best course of action for you to take during that interview, such as whether or not you should answer the police questions.
- A solicitor can stop the interview at any time if, for example the police are unduly pressurising you, or in order to provide you with further legal advice.
- Being arrested can be a daunting experience for anyone. By taking up the opportunity of having a solicitor, you will be advised of each step of the procedure, and what is likely to happen with you, whether it be a charge, bail or no further action. Having this understanding will go some way to putting you more at ease.
- Police may attempt to persuade you not to use a solicitor/legal representative. This is only because not having a solicitor present may be better for the police. It is certainly not better for you to go ahead with the interview without obtaining assistance from a solicitor.
- Police often say that you will be released from the police station quicker without a solicitor. This simply is not the case; “Research has found that the police sometimes use the prospect of further delay to persuade a suspect to agree to being interviewed without having received the advice the suspect initially wanted.” (Defending Suspects at Police Stations, the practitioner`s guide to advice and representation, sixth edition, 2011, Ed Cape)
Choosing our Criminal Defence Lawyers;-
- Our clients consistently recommend us because we offer a high quality service, with very experienced Criminal Solicitors who give honest advice you can trust. Read our reviews to see what our clients say.
- Our Solicitors are in easy reach of any of the police stations in the North East and can be with you quickly.
- At Paul J Watson Solicitor, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience of representing clients at the police station. We cover all types of criminal offence, from complex fraud and conspiracy to supply, to kidnapping, firearms offences and sexual offences, and have done so for many years.
For free legal advice at the police station:
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