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Criminal legal advice


Criminal legal advice is provided free of charge by the state if you have been arrested by the police.

If you would like to receive legal advice the state will contact a call centre on your behalf, where they will decide if telephone advice is sufficient for your needs, or whether you should be allocated a solicitor.

Solicitor's advice

If you are allocated a solicitor they will contact you by telephone to give you some basic advice; as the telephone line from the police station is not secure, you should not say anything on this phone that you are not happy for the police to hear.

Due to funding, your solicitor is unlikely to attend the police station until the police are ready to interview you. The solicitor is only likely to attend the police station immediately if you allege abuse by the police or you feel mentally unstable.

When the solicitor attends the police station they will take you to a private room in the police station where they will give you criminal legal advice.

Your solicitor will have obtained some information about the evidence the police have against you and will tell you about this. Your solicitor will then advise you as to whether or not you should answer questions from the police.

If you have a defence, it is almost always a good idea to put this forward at this stage in the proceedings - failure to do so may mean a judge or jury do not believe you at your trial.

If you would like to obtain criminal legal advice, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist criminal defence solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local criminal defence solicitors please call us on 0800 046 1464 or complete the web-form above.

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