Being investigated by the police is stressful. If you have to go to a voluntary police interview or are at risk of arrest take action by having the right solicitor to give you clear and effective advice.
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POLICE STATION SERVICES
If you are due to attend a voluntary interview or caution plus 3, or are under investigation, you need the best legal advice, from initial consultation to interview and aftercare.
PRE CHARGE ENGAGEMENT
If you have already been interviewed by the police and remain under investigation I can take over your case and engage with the police to actively push your defence forward.
I can help gather defence evidence and witnesses that can help bring your case to a close with no further action.
Are you due to be interviewed by the police?
There is no such thing as a quick chat or interview, if the police want to speak to you about any alleged offence then you are a suspect. Whether it is by arrest or a voluntary interview (also known as caution plus 3), the seriousness is the same and you need the best legal advice and representation.
Legal knowledge and experience
Don’t take a chance with the police arranged legal aid duty solicitor, many criminal defence firms send poorly qualified staff to do police station work, it is unlikely you will get a solicitor.
Be careful using a lawyer or police station representative, they are not qualified solicitors.
I am an experienced fully qualified solicitor with 16 years of experience at the police station. I can use that knowledge and experience to get you the best possible result.
Preparation before the interview date is the key to a good outcome.
I will contact the police before the interview date to get as much information on you case as possible, so we can prepare in advance.
I will then arrange an appointment with you to provide advice on your case and to discuss how we will approach the interview and consider if we will answer questions or go "no comment". This advice can be provided via phone, Zoom videocall or in person in advance of the interview date.
On the day of the interview I will attend to represent you fully, I will liaise with the police and we will have as much time as required to discuss your case before the interview. I will guide you through each step of the process, advising you to answer questions or go "no comment", all with the sole aim of bringing the case to a close as soon as possible with the best possible result.
Where possible I will negotiate with the police for the case to be closed with no further action, or for you to receive a caution or community resolution rather than being charged with an offence.
Expected cost for a police station interview - £950. Fee includes preparation and meetings prior to the interview date and attendance and representation on the day of interview.
Have you already been interviewed?
If you have been interviewed already and your case is still open than you are either on bail or have been released under investigation. Therefore, no decision has been made to either charge you or close your case.
There is no set time for the police to finish the investigation, you are left waiting what could be weeks, month or even years before you get an answer.
You probably feel you have been left in limbo, with little understanding of what will happen next and how long it will take. This can be an incredibly stressful time, but you do not have to sit and wait for the police to finish their investigation.
Whether you are released under investigation or are on police bail, now is the time to engage an experienced solicitor to take over and proactively push your defence forward to bring the case to a close.
Pre-charge engagement with the police
New rules allow you to join in the investigation, by sending evidence to the police that helps your case.
You can also request that the police undertake investigation work that helps your defence.
You can give the police details of witnesses they should speak to, or you can give details of digital data they should consider, or you can point the police to evidence or avenue of investigation that supports your defence.
This engagement can dramatically decrease your chances of being charged, and therefore avoid you going to court.
How I can help?
I can engage with the police on your behalf. I can ensure we only make written representations and push for investigation into areas that promote your defence.
I can help with post interview advice and assistance by:
Chasing the police for an outcome on your case.
Chasing the police for the return of your property.
Making representations for your case to be closed or for your bail conditions to be changed or removed.
Help gather defence evidence to present to the police to bring the case to a close.
Pre charge engagement with the police will vary depending on work required. Costs will be fixed in advance. Contact me for a no obligation quote.