Everyone, regardless of means is entitled to be represented by a legal aid lawyer free of charge at the police station. If you don’t have, or don’t know, a legal aid lawyer then the police will contact the duty solicitor for you. Throughout the time you are at the police station this service is free.
We refuse to do legal aid, we refuse to be limited by the government in terms of what we can do. We also do not believe we should work at less than minimum hourly rates like many legal aid lawyers do.
Notwithstanding the fact that people can get legal aid representation for free from the duty solicitor many people choose to pay us to represent them at the police station and after. Legal aid only covers the time you are in the police station and not before or after.
Because we are not limited by Legal Aid we can prepare for your interview beforehand. We can speak to the police and identify what ‘evidence’ they believe they have. We will then take a statement from you so that you are fully prepared when you go to the police station for an interview. Perhaps most importantly we can then make representations to the police after the interview.
We are one of the few firms that do this. We take the view that it is in your best interests to avoid the matter even getting to court. By being pro-active we can stop you even having to go to court.
Whilst we can’t guarantee you will not be charged we have a very good track record because of our experience and the quality of our representations with the police.
It is very easy to make a false allegation; we want to weed these out at the beginning. These are a few of the cases relating to innocent clients that we have got dropped before charge –
Numerous clients arrested for making indecent images of children.
A client accused of 2 separate rapes by two different women.
An allegation of violent and prolonged rape and assault.
A number of clients accused of sexual assault.
Allegation of Fraud
Allegation of sexual activity with a child.
Allegation of rape by a former partner
Production of Class A and possession of Firearms
Neighbour dispute alleging assault.
Allegation of rape and sexual touching by a student against her flatmate.
3 other clients arrested under suspicion of rape.
2 clients accused of assault.
If you have been represented at the police station by a legal aid lawyer and are under investigation or on bail then the chances are you have no further contact from your legal aid lawyer until you are charged. You will probably be chasing for a response without success.
If this sounds familiar call us on 01623 397200 for a free chat to see how we can do things differently and to find out what difference going private makes.
We believe it is not your job to chase your lawyer. We believe you should not be left in the dark at the mercy of the police deciding when or whether to charge.
We believe it is in your interests to be pro-active, to strongly present your case to try and avoid the matter going to court, which in the long run will save you money and stress.
If you want to find out why it may be cheaper in the long run paying for good service call us on 01623 397200