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Legal Aid for advice and representation at the police station is not means tested which means that when clients request our attendance at the police station to represent them, legal advice is free and is covered by Legal Aid irrespective of a client’s financial situation.
In an increasing number of cases the police are now inviting potential defendants to attend the police station for voluntary interviews. If an accused party is attending the police station as a volunteer he is free to leave at any time, this is often perceived as being an interview on a less formal basis.
A client might therefore be lulled into a false sense of security believing that it is not necessary to take a solicitor with them. Nothing could be further from the truth. The investigation part of a criminal case, in other words the interview process, is probably the most important part. What is said on interview can determine whether or not your case proceeds to court.
Upon arrest, and indeed upon an attendance for a voluntary interview, the police will frequently tell the defendant that if he or she asks for a solicitor to attend that is going to prolong the time that they spend in custody. We have a 24 hour phone line and our Burnley office is literally a 2 minutes’ walk from Burnley police station. In other words for the police to suggest that a defendant’s period in custody is going to be considerably extended by calling for a solicitor is a fallacy! Upon being called to attend the police station, at any time of the day or night, our dedicated lawyers aim in every case to be at Burnley Police Station within 30 minutes.
Local arrests will always result in a defendant being taken to Burnley Police Station but voluntary interviews can take place at any of our local police stations including Colne and Burnley. As we have offices in both Colne and Burnley we are therefore available to attend both police stations for voluntary interviews at extremely short notice. We would therefore always advise our clients to have a solicitor present when they are being interviewed by the police either under arrest or on a voluntary basis. It would be foolish not to.
We operate a 24 hour emergency legal service for criminal law matters, not only will we provide key advice but our experienced Solicitors will attend at the police station and provide representation to protect your legal rights.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, 24 hours a day on 07866 458396 for advice and representation.