Police Appointed Solicitor: What If I Don’t Want Them?
If you are called for a police interview, you will be eligible to have the police appointed solicitor but many people are not satisfied with this.
The good news is that there is another option.
You can instruct private criminal defence solicitors such as Forrest Williams for your interview.
What is the difference?
A police appointed solicitor will be contacted by the police when you attend the station for your interview. That solicitor will be selected because it is their turn to be on a rota of Duty Solicitors, not because they have specialist knowledge for your type of case or any other particular skills or attributes that make them the best person to represent you in interview.
By instructing a private firm, however, you will have a devoted legal team who will work with you to obtain a full understanding of the allegations against you, and will use this understanding to ensure that you are represented by the most suitable person. We will also be able, in most cases, to obtain and review police disclosure before the interview date, advise you on the validity of any bail conditions you have, and arrange the interview for a time to suit you.
A police appointed solicitor will provide the service that the government allows them to, free of charge. This is limited to the police station interview itself, which means they will do no preparation work beforehand and offer you no support afterwards.
A private police station representative will do the work that needs doing, not the restrictive work that the government allow. This will include full preparation beforehand and guidance and support afterwards, until a charging decision is made.
If your case is too important to leave to the police appointed solicitor, call our private criminal defence solicitors now on 01623 397200.