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Representation at Police Stations Guide Private Solicitor & Free Legal Aid Advice

Are you suspected of committing an offence? Our expert police station solicitors can provide professional legal advice at any police station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It is vital that you do not speak to the police until you have spoken to our team, who provide an emergency legal advice service for police stations in London, as well as across England and Wales in serious cases.

This comprehensive Police Station Guide will explain all the police powers and how our police station solicitors can help you. We are regarded as one of the leading firms of solicitors for police station representation on both a legal aid or an enhanced private basis across England and Wales. 

 

Click here to download our free police station guide

Are you on pre charge bail?

Are you released under investigation?

Full guidance issued to police officers on pre-charge bail approved by the government click here.

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As a long-established and experienced firm, we have dealt with almost every criminal offence known to the law. We can provide emergency Free Police Station Representation on Legal Aid or an Enhanced Private Service.

For a free initial consultation on your legal position and the available options, contact our local offices in LondonBirmingham or Manchester.

So, whether you have been accused of an offence, been arrested, charged or released on bail or under investigation, it is important that you get in touch with us and talk with one of our specialist emergency police station lawyers at JD Spicer Zeb right away.

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Why choose JD Spicer Zeb’s police station solicitors?

At JD Spicer Zeb, our specialist police station solicitors and representatives have experience in all kinds of police station matters. Our expert police station lawyers can be there to assist you, right away, no matter how minor or serious the offence.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we have a dedicated team of solicitors and police station accredited legal representatives. With a network of offices throughout the UK, we are able to provide police station representatives at any police station in England & Wales for serious cases.

Anything you do or do not say or agree to while being questioned at a police station can have serious consequences and play a decisive role in the outcome of your case.

For this reason, if you are being held in a police station and are a suspect in a criminal investigation, it is very important that you receive legal advice and representation from a qualified criminal defence lawyer straight away.

Our police station solicitors will be pleased to discuss your case with you on the telephone or in person.

Our lawyers go to the police station all the time and so understand the importance of good representation and advice at this crucial early stage of your case. We have dealt with up to 3,000 police station new cases a year and our experience speaks for itself. Our clients continue to recommend us and that is how we have built this first-class firm. 

What type of cases do JD Spicer Zeb’s police station solicitors take on?

Our expert team of police station solicitors and police station representatives in London, Birmingham or Manchester can provide you with police station advice and police station representation on a range of criminal offences including but not limited to:

  • Offences Against the Person (common assault, battery, ABH, GBH and more)
  • Murder/Manslaughter
  • Drugs Offences
  • Sexual Offences
  • Offences against children
  • Theft Offences (including shoplifting, burglary, robbery and theft from your employer)
  • Serious Fraud
  • Benefit Fraud
  • Money Laundering Offences
  • Public Order Offences
  • Communications Offences
  • Weapons Offences
  • Road Traffic Offences
  • Criminal Damage
  • Arson
  • Interfering/perverting the course of justice
  • Animal offences (including dangerous dogs)
  • Terrorism
  • White Collar Crime
  • Conspiracies
  • Cyber Crime
  • Youth Crime
  • Human Trafficking
  • Serious Crime
  • Extradition
  • Breach of Court Orders

Our fees for emergency police station representation

We provide a premium client fee service for emergency police station representation, which can help you to secure the right outcome for you.

In order to attend the police station with you privately, we can agree a fixed fee in many cases from £500 to £1,000 plus VAT, depending on location and complexity. For more information on this, please visit our private fees page.

Legal aid

Legal aid, otherwise referred to as state funding, is available to cover the cost of police station representation. Depending on the circumstances, it can also cover some or all the cost of your legal representation during subsequent prosecution.

For more information and to find out whether you may be entitled to legal aid for your defence, please get in touch with a member of our team.

London police stations we cover

Our London criminal solicitors can represent you if you are due to be interviewed, have been arrested, or placed on pre charge bail at various police stations in London, including:

In serious cases, our police station representatives can cover police stations anywhere in England and Wales. 

Do I need a legal representative during an interview under caution?

If you are required to attend the police station on a voluntary basis for an interview you will need a lawyer and representation.

The police may offer you a duty solicitor at the police station, which is free on Legal Aid, but you can always choose your free emergency solicitor representation instead.

While duty solicitors at the police station provide an important service, we always strongly recommend that you instruct your own legal representation at the police station. Our firm as has been built on years of hard work and days/nights of 24/7 police station cases by protecting our client's best interests.

We will make sure that the representative we send to your case has substantial experience and the ability to give you the best advice. In more serious emergency cases we will always make sure that a senior lawyer or partner is involved in your case at the outset.

If you choose to work with a duty solicitor at the police station, be aware that some duty solicitors are very good with clients, but this is not true of all, and they may be overworked with many cases that day or night.

Not all duty solicitors are passionate given the low rates of legal aid payments. We only employ highly passionate and dedicated criminal lawyers who care about your result. We can also offer you a fully private service tailored to your case at an affordable fixed rate.

How can we help?

Common questions

We always work with the most experienced and best leading UK barristers, KCs (Kings Counsel). We cover all criminal cases 24/7 at the police station and court. Offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester cover cases across England and Wales. We can offer Legal Aid and affordable Private fee agreements. We can see you the same day, including virtually. Our Senior Partners supervise all of our cases.

How quickly do you respond?

We respond quickly even during out of hours. We do not get our work by paying for online adverts but based on the fact that few criminal law firms can match our 45 years of experience. Most of our cases are still from word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied clients. We are called daily by dissatisfied clients from firms with less experience than us. We respond very quickly to new enquiries. We know what clients seek and so we update clients rapidly.

Can you get cases dropped?

Yes, read about the recent cases we've helped our clients with here.

We always keep you updated and give straightforward advice. We will get cases dropped early where the case is weak or should not be prosecuted. We will be upfront with you about where you can benefit from a good result with an early guilty plea, such as a discount on your sentence. As we work on cases across all levels with clients from all walks of life, we are excellent at giving clear, spot-on advice. As an established firm, we can allocate a whole team to your case often at short notice to secure evidence to minimise the damage to you. 

Have you won any awards?

OUR PROFESSIONAL BODY THE LAW SOCIETY AWARDED US IN OCTOBER 2020 WITH THE EXCELLENCE IN CLIENT SERVICE AWARD AND STATED - 

"JD Spicer Zeb demonstrated a clear commitment to client service through their work with vulnerable and diverse individuals in what can be severely traumatic circumstances".

Do you offer free consultations?

Where it is possible, we aim to provide an initial consultation to you. If we can speak to you, we can if required inform you about  –

  • Whether we can take the case on and our relevant experience.
  • Public and private funding benefits.
  • Assistance in applying for legal aid where we are likely to accept instructions.
  • An outline of options in police interview only. We will not advise you on which option to adopt.
  • Providing our free written guide explaining the police station process.
  • The gravity of routine and day-to-day offences you face.
  • Consequences of not attending the court or police station.
  • Consequences of interfering with any witnesses.
  • Retaining any evidence in support of your case.
  • If possible an outline of the elements of the offence that the police or CPS must prove.
  • This consultation will normally be by telephone or email and will only be for as long as we deem necessary to establish if we can act for you. If we cannot usefully give you any advice in this manner then we will not continue with the consultation. We will not discuss the case in depth for you to be able to decide on your plea or any significant aspect of the case, as this cannot be undertaken informally.
  • Referring you, if possible, to other firms for matters out of our specialism or if we cannot help.

Consultations do not apply to the following cases –

  • If we do not intend to take the case on.
  • Road Traffic cases, drink driving, drug driving, driving bans, speeding, no insurance, mobile phone use, points etc.
  • In all cases where we do not have the capacity to take your case or the availability of suitably qualified staff to provide an initial free consultation. This is applicable in all cases but especially where a more senior lawyer is required because of your personal needs or the complexity of the case.
  • Harassment/stalking/ coercive behaviour/malicious communications or road traffic cases and most sensitive cases. These cases are often too complicated to assess in short consultations.
  • The locations concerned may be too distant to represent you adequately or it may not be cost-effective for you or us.
  • The case is too complicated to assess or raises various charges or facts, complexity, or history to be considered informally or in a short consultation.
  • In most Legal aid transfers where legal aid is granted to another firm except in very grave cases, we may assess the case and merits for a transfer.
  • If your relationship has broken down with your existing solicitor or several solicitors.
  • If you have been released under investigation and have already had a police station attendance. 
  • If you hold legal aid with another firm and seek a second opinion.
  • If you are calling on behalf of the client as a friend or family member unless you have full authority and full facts.
  • To businesses.
  • Advising whether you were given good advice by your other solicitor.
  • Whether to decide to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Whether you have an arguable defence in law or factually complicated defences.
  • Any advice you have had after your first court appearance.
  • Any advice on appeal on conviction or sentence.
  • If we feel we are unable to communicate with you.
  • If we are likely to be conflicted or breach our professional rules.

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What is the role of a legal representative during an interview under caution?

The assistance of a police station representative is essential if you are being interviewed under caution. There are several roles that your solicitor can provide while they provide legal advice at the police station, including:

  • Offering personal support and advice on how to approach the interview
  • Preparing for the questions you are likely to be asked
  • Advising whether it would be in your best interests to provide a ‘no comment interview’
  • Monitoring the police to ensure they follow the correct procedures
  • Advising on the potential outcomes of the interview

What happens after the police interview?

After you have attended an interview under caution, with the assistance of our police law solicitors, a decision will need to be made about your case.

You will either be charged with an offence, released on pre-charge bail or released under investigation.

If you are released on pre-charge bail, the police will have a limited timeframe in which they will need to make a charging decision. During this time, you will likely be subject to certain bail conditions. You can be released under investigation for an indefinite amount of time.

Contact our police station solicitors today

For urgent specialist advice, immediate representation or to speak to us confidentially about any criminal case, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of police station solicitors and police station representatives in London, Birmingham or Manchester, asking for the Police Station Department, on telephone:

Or email: solicitors@jdspicer.co.uk

Alternatively, you can fill out our quick online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

In Urgent Cases

In the urgent case that you are arrested or are required to return to a police station, be sure to call us for immediate representation and advice on either our office telephone number or our Emergency Number: 07836 577 556 and we will provide you with all the legal assistance you need.

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