Many people treat attendance at the police station as a fairly unimportant part of the criminal justice process. The main concern is to get bail quickly and get released from custody.
We at Conspiracy Solicitor know that police station advice is important. The police station and the interviews which take place there are the first stage of the criminal justice process.
What happens there will undoubtedly be referred to at trial or at sentencing hearings. What you say, or don’t say, can change what will happen to you in the long term. You may be convicted because you did the wrong thing. You may receive a longer sentence because the wrong approach was taken.
Legal advice from a solicitor for a police interview can make a big difference to the outcome of your case, so don’t go unrepresented.
If you are arrested, ask for Bird and Co Solicitors, Grantham, and get one of the Conspiracy Solicitor team on your side.
What happens at the police station?
In any sizeable criminal investigation, there are likely to be many interviews. These may stretch over several hours and cover all conceivable issues in the case. There will often be teams of interviewing officers, working in a number of different police station custody suites, but all co-ordinated by the Senior Investigating Officer and the CID team. They will be sharing information and disclosing only what they really need to. Often, they will try to catch suspects out by asking them questions which if answered in particular ways will be inconsistent with the evidence they possess. Suspects in different police stations can be interviewed simultaneously, without any knowledge of what other suspects are saying until the police question them about it.
Why would you need a solicitor at a police station?
There is a risk when a suspect doesn’t have police station representation, that the police might ask questions they aren’t supposed to or tell the suspect very little about the allegations against them. To prevent the police from overstepping their legal boundaries in this way, it’s important for a suspect to instruct expert police station representation solicitors.
Is a police station representative a solicitor?
Not all police station representatives are solicitors, but most of them are typically employed by law firms to provide police station representation.
However, although they aren’t always solicitors, these representatives are highly trained professionals who are experienced in providing police station advice. They are also regulated by the Legal Aid Agency, an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Justice that provides civil and criminal legal aid in the UK.
Do I have to pay for a solicitor at the police station?
You have the right to free representation if you are questioned at a police station. You will likely be told that you can use the duty solicitor, but you can also call an expert police station representation solicitor instead and have them represent you.
If you are required to attend a police station for an interview under caution you can speak to us for FREE LEGAL ADVICE. It doesn’t cost you anything and we can attend 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Why should you choose Conspiracy Solicitors to represent you?
Everything you say to your legal adviser in the police station is confidential. We’re totally independent of the police and will give you the advice which is in your best interests. You’ll be glad you came to us.
If you use Conspiracy Solicitor for police station advice, you’ll be better off in the following ways:
- You will hear in advance what information the police are willing to disclose to us about the allegations they are investigating
- We will advise you about the law relating to the allegations, your actions, and your rights when in police custody
- We will advise you about what approach you should take to the interview with the police
- We will sit in the police interview with you to ensure that the interview is conducted fairly and properly, advise you throughout, and to protect your interests during that process
- We will make representations to the police about how your case should be dealt with, for example whether you should be charged with an offence or not
- If necessary, we will make representations about your bail
- If you are charged with an offence, we will be better informed about the police case at an earlier stage, can deal with any necessary application for a police station representation order (“legal aid”) and we’ll already be aware of your court date