Criminal defence lawyer
If you are arrested by the police for an offence, you should immediately exercise your right to free, independent legal advice. You should ask the police to contact the Defence Solicitor Call Centre who will decide whether telephone advice is sufficient, or allocate you a criminal defence lawyer. Your lawyer is likely to first speak to you over the telephone, but as the line is not secure your lawyer will not give you detailed advice or ask you detailed questions but will tell you to refrain from giving any interviews or samples before they arrive.
The right that the police have to delay your access to legal advice is very limited and can only be delayed by a high-ranking police officer, for specific reasons, and only when the offence is very serious.
Your criminal defence lawyer’s role in the police station is very important. Not only will your lawyer advise you on the law relating to the crime you are alleged to have committed, your lawyer will guide you through the whole process at the police station and ensure that the police comply with their obligations under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the various codes of practice.
For example, your lawyer will ensure that the police do not adopt any oppressive behaviour and give you the requisite breaks and rest periods. Your lawyer will also ensure that the police conduct any identification procedures fairly and that any errors in the way they are conducted are properly recorded so that any problems with evidence can be highlighted at trial.
If you would like to obtain legal advice on crime, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist criminal defence lawyer free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local criminal defence lawyers please call us on 0800 046 1464 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 04/07/2012