Attending a police station can be a daunting experience. It’s important to seek legal advice when you go to a police station so that you have someone with you who can fight your case from the outset. These are some of the questions we get asked a lot:
Do I need to use the duty solicitor?
No, you have the right to choose any solicitor you like. The team at Russell and Russell have a proven track record of dealing with police station attendances and can represent clients across the North West and North Wales.
Do I need a solicitor?
Yes. If you’re arrested, are asked to voluntarily attend the station or even if you’re not sure, a solicitor should be present when you’re questioned. Even if the police tell you it won’t take long, you should always make sure you ask for a solicitor.
Is it free?
Yes. Everyone who is to be questioned under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) is entitled to free representation.
Will getting a solicitor delay my stay at the station?
No. In fact, it can actually make your time spent at the station shorter. More importantly, if a case is bought to court, having a solicitor to represent you from the time you were questioned can materially affect the outcome of your case.