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Although we try to avoid it, there are occasions when you may come into conflict with the police.
You might be involved in a minor road traffic offence, such as speeding, or could be questioned or arrested for something altogether more serious.
Whatever the circumstances, if you are arrested or questioned by the police, it is vital that you have suitable legal representation as soon as possible – do not be tempted to leave it until after any interviews with the police. What is said and done in an interview often determines whether or not you will be charged or you win or lose your case.
For this reason, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act provides for free and independent advice for anyone detained in police custody. You are entitled to your choice of solicitor, so you can ask the police if they will contact us on your behalf.
We operate a call out system which means that representation from our expert criminal law team can be requested at anytime of the day or night. The police will contact a call centre who will then telephone us immediately.
We have vast experience of representing clients in all manner of criminal law cases:
- in the police station
- at the Magistrates’ Court
- in the Crown Court, and
- Court of Appeal.
We can help you right from the moment you are arrested or questioned by police, through to preparing your defence and representing you in court.
Whatever the offence in question, we will be able to support you and your family at this difficult time. Our experience covers the full range of criminal offences including:
- Assault and domestic violence
- Benefit fraud
- Motoring offences
- Drugs offences
- Public order offences
- Sex offences
- Theft and fraud offences
Funding your defence
Depending on the nature of the offence and your personal circumstances, Legal Aid may be available to finance your defence. As an approved Legal Aid solicitor, we will be able to advise you once we have discussed your individual situation.
Going to the Magistrates’ Court
If you are charged with an offence you will have to go to court within a few days. You need to let us know straight away so we can attend court with you. If you do not speak to us before your hearing, just ask for Elliot Mather when you arrive at court and we will do our best to help you.
Under the regulations, you may be able to obtain free legal assistance at court, at least for the first hearing. We can also discuss with you the availability of Legal Aid.
Going to the Crown Court
If your case goes to the Crown Court, we will carefully prepare for the hearing, gathering all evidence and formulating your case. We have our own Higher Rights Advocates to represent you, or in some cases we may instruct a barrister. We will see any witnesses on your behalf, if appropriate, as well as attending relevant hearings with you.
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Registered Office: St. Mary's Court, St. Mary's Gate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, S41 7TD
VAT Number: 126 3019 03
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