Police Station Advice
All legal advice that Fosters provide at police stations is free to our clients.
Being arrested is an extremely pressurised and stressful experience. Everyone is entitled to free legal advice, and if you are interviewed by the police, you are entitled to have a legal representative present. Interviews are recorded on tape and the way you approach the questions is crucial.
Fosters' Crime and Defence Team can attend on you at the police station. The decisions we can help you with will shape the future of the case. With Fosters with you at every stage you can be assured you are making the right decisions.
To access the free expert advice you need at the police station, all you need to do is ask for Fosters when arrested by the police. They are required to notify a Central Call Centre that holds all of our details, and who notify us as soon as the call is received.
Should I use the Duty Solicitor?
The Duty Solicitor is the solicitor the police will call for you if you don't ask for your own solicitors. Once you've spoken to them, they will come and see you when it is your turn to be interviewed, or they may send a non solicitor representative "accredited rep" to look after you.
Operating a bit like the US Public Defender Service, Duty solicitors tend to work for 24 hour slots and deal with you and everyone else who doesn't name their preferred solicitor -and their own clients as well. The advice they give is free.
So why should I ask for Fosters?
Asking for Fosters means we can give our complete attention to the clients that ask for us.
If you are asked to attend a police interview we will take the time to speak to you in advance and get to know you.
At the station your case is our only priority. We can take all the time you need to speak to us and then fully advise you on your options.
If the duty solicitor scheme is free, surely I will have to pay to use Fosters?
No. All advice given by us at the police station is free of charge to our clients. We recognise how important the police station stage is in any investigation and as a result of the qualifications and experience of our lawyers, we have been granted a contract by the Ministry of Justice that allows us to represent you, and only you at no cost.
It may be that you are required to go to Court. Fosters can help you find your way through this process, and Legal Aid may be available.
It is important you receive the correct advice as to whether you should plead Guilty or Not Guilty, as how the case progresses and the outcomes are all affected by the decisions you make.
We can offer clear legal advice on the following:
- Whether arrest or detention is likely or was lawful
- Whether evidence obtained by the police was done so lawfully.
- Whether that evidence crosses the threshold for a prosecution.
- If alternative charges should have been considered.
- If a prosecution can be said to be in the public interest
- Test the reliability and admissibility of the evidence
- Advice on the strength of the prosecution case, the defences available or raised
Our Defence experts are experienced in all areas of Criminal Defence work. We will provide the advice you need, and conduct the hearings on your behalf, achieving the best result possible. We have access to nationally recognised experts if your case surrounds issues of a medical, forensic or other scientific nature.
Why not just use the Court Duty Solicitor?
The Court Duty Solicitor Scheme exists to help people without a solicitor on the day they attend court.
It is important to remember that the Court Duty Solicitor will only see you if your case is covered by the scheme - this depends on the offence you are charged with and whether you have used the Duty Solicitor before. They cannot help you with virtually any motoring case. They can also only help you once in the proceedings. So for example if your case is adjourned, you could not use any Duty Solicitor on the next occasion.
So why should I use Fosters?
Fosters are consistently recognised locally and nationally as one of the very best firms providing criminal defence work. Unlike most firms offering criminal defence work we are a full service law firm, something we consider as crucial to helping clients prepare their defence, because it allows us to access the knowledge and expertise of our colleagues in other departments for your benefit.
For example, we represent clients in domestic cases where there are issues of child custody and contact, separation and/or divorce. Because Fosters deals with those areas of law as well we are ideally placed to help you through the criminal process. Working with our commercial and employment teams allows us to fully advise you of the implications for your employment, business or financial future created by arrest or prosecution.
So, whilst other firms may only be able to help you by offering a Legal Aid service focussed on getting you through court proceedings, at Fosters you will receive all the advice you need to ensure you are prepared not only for your case, but the impact beyond. That is why we have become the solicitors of choice for so many clients who rely on our depth of expertise and discretion.
Fees depend on the complexity of the case and we advise you contact us to get a no obligation quote. We always offer affordable legal advice at fixed fees and our popular initial consultation appointments provide a wealth of information for you to progress your case with or without further assistance.
Criminal Offences Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you deal with motoring offences?
- What sort of case do you usually deal with?
- How much will it cost if I do not qualify for Public Funding (Legal Aid)?
- Do I need a Solicitor at the police station?
- Am I entitled to have a Solicitor at the Police Station?
- See more Frequently Asked Questions...
Fosters Solicitors team of Crime & Business Defence lawyers have a wealth of experience and knowledge to assist you in relation to any legal query or matter you may have. Call us on 01603 620508 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the department will be in touch very soon.
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