Legal Representation in Criminal Cases
If the police wish to interview you as a suspect, you can speak to us beforehand. We can advise you before the police interview, and can attend the interview with you.
This applies whether your attendance will be under arrest or voluntary. Interviews with suspects who attend voluntarily are known as “Caution Plus 3” interviews.
Should you be detained or questioned at a police station, you are entitled to free legal advice, whatever your financial circumstances.
Other Prosecuting Agencies
Your rights are generally the same whether the investigation is by the police or by another prosecuting agency. Other prosecuting agencies include local authorities, the Department for Work & Pensions, and HM Revenue & Customs.
Whenever possible, it is best to seek legal advice before going to court. If you may wish to be represented, please contact us as soon as you can. We can usually give some preliminary advice free of charge, and we can also discuss court representation.
Legal aid and fees
Although you are always entitled to free legal aid at the police station, it is different at court. At court your entitlement to legal aid depends on the type of case, and on your financial position. We can advise on this.
Legal aid is never granted for certain motoring offences. In such cases we currently charge £240 + VAT + expenses per hour. Our staff working on these cases are all solicitors with over 20 years’ experience.