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Why should I ask for a Solicitor at the police station?

Why should I ask for a Solicitor at the police station?
April 16, 2017 Enoch Evans LLP

Suspects who are interviewed without asking for legal representation will normally not know the detail of what they are to be asked about or what evidence the police have. By having a solicitor this enables us to obtain disclosure from the police before the interview and advice on your rights whilst in custody. We then have the opportunity to advise a client in relation to the procedure and likely questions to be asked and also advise on the correct approach to be taken during the interview. In addition by being present in the interview we are able to ensure that the suspect has the opportunity to put their side of the story fully, that the interview is conducted properly and fairly and intervene on behalf of a person being questioned if the questioning is unfair, inappropriate or oppressive. We are able to challenge the police about their evidence and any further investigation which should be completed. People being interviewed by a police constable not under arrest, or away from the police station are also entitled to legal advice. Representation at interviews by other prosecuting authorities such as the Department of Work & Pensions or Trading Standards also carry a right to legal representation and can be available free of change subject to means.