Everybody is entitled to access the ‘duty solicitor’ scheme, which involves a criminal defence solicitor will be assigned to your case free of charge.
Due to the nature of this legal aid scheme, duty solicitors are unlikely to carry out any proactive work before or after any police station attendance. As a result, you may not be offered the best advice.
Legal advice when it’s needed the most
Slater Heelis offers a proactive and bespoke level of police station representation for clients who feel that their case is too important to risk leaving to legal aid solicitors.
The interview can have significant implications upon you should the matter proceed to court. By choosing a Police Station Representation Solicitor, you can ensure that you will be offered thorough legal advice and therefore the best chance of clearing your criminal charges.
Understanding your rights
Our team of Solicitors will inform you of your rights and will advise you of the following:
- What to say, or what not to say during the interview process
- Your right to remain silent if you choose to do so and the implications this can have
- The legislation surrounding your criminal charges
- If your attendance at the police station is necessary
Our approach to police station representation
Our Police Station Representation Solicitors will work to deliver the best outcome for your case. With years of experience, our team will provide support and advice throughout the process, including the following:
- Speak to the police officer in the case to understand the nature of the charges
- Prepare your defence or mitigation in advance of the interview
- Consult with you prior to the interview to discuss your options
- Make representations to the Police about bail and any bail conditions due to being imposed
If appropriate, we’ll prepare and submit formal written representations following your interview. Those representations have to be taken into consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service when they decide whether to charge you or take no further action.
We can also assist with ID procedures and biometric samples, as well as making representations to the Police about bail and any bail conditions due to being imposed.
If you are investigated by agencies such as Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, National Crime Agency, Financial Conduct Authority, Department of Work and Pensions, The Environment Agency, The General Pharmaceutical Council, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and local councils, not a police station, you will not qualify for legal aid and the above principles apply.
What our clients say about us
“From the moment of being arrested to leaving the courtroom five months later has to be the worst time in my life to live through. Rachel made this horrendous time so much more bearable. I had never had any dealings with the law in my 44 years. From first meeting Rachel at the police station where she explained everything to me clearly & throughout the legal process, Rachel could not have been more understanding of my husband (first talking to him on the day of my arrest & explaining everything & throughout the process) & I’s situation.
It was clear from first meeting her of her vast legal knowledge but in addition to being extremely professional she’s a very personable person. We were in regular contact with Rachel (emails, phone calls, meetings) which helped so much as we were so worried & anxious about the whole situation. I certainly could not have coped throughout as well without having such a brilliant solicitor defending me.
It is without a shadow of doubt I would most definitely have not received a non-custodial sentence if it wasn’t for Rachel, which I will always be eternally grateful for. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Mrs. H, Criminal Defence Client