If you are contacted by the police and asked to attend the police station to be questioned, call us so that we can assist you throughout the process on 020 7924 8130. If you have already been questioned without a solicitor but are required to go back to the police station at a later date, we can still help you.
For those arrested and taken to the police station unexpectedly, they will be offered the services of a solicitor when they arrive at the police station. You have the right to use a solicitor of your choice and can ask the police to contact Baxter Brown McArthur for you.
We can also sometimes assist when asked to do so by friends or family of someone who has been unexpectedly arrested and taken to the police station.
Whatever the allegation or the reason for being questioned, whatever the case – serious or minor, this stage of any criminal case is likely to be the most important. Every individual generally has the right to consult with a solicitor before they are formally questioned.
The role of the solicitor in a police station interview is to gather as much information about the investigation as is possible. This will allow for a discussion to take place in private between the solicitor and the client about what is being alleged and what the relevant legal issues may be. This assistance is as important as the formal interview as it will allow the client to gather their thoughts and not be taken by surprise when questioned. The solicitor will advise on the options available. Sometimes the advice might be to make ‘no comment’ to the questions. Everyone has the right to say nothing when questioned by the police. However, this option has to be considered carefully as the law allows a court to take into account a failure to answer questions and it may ultimately be used against the individual in any subsequent trial. These decisions involve consideration of complex legal and tactical issues that requires the assistance of an experienced criminal defence solicitor.
Our criminal defence solicitors have extensive experience in representing individuals at the police station, with a team dedicated to this work. The service is provided free of charge to individuals as the entitlement to free advice and assistance at the police station is provided through our contracts with the Legal Aid Agency. This covers both attendance for interview but also other stages in the investigation process including assistance in identification procedures.