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Criminal Solicitors London

24 Police station advice and assistance. Also Crown Courts and Magistrates courts 07894 996 154

If you or someone you know has been arrested, or require a solicitor to represent you, call us now on: 07894 996 154

  • Representation at Police Station
  • Voluntary interviews under caution
  • Magistrates Courts Representation
  • Crown Court Representation
  • Benefits Interviews under caution
  • Representation at the Court of Appeal
  • Police Powers – http://www.ashtonssolicitors.co.uk/?p=4660

Not everyone who’s charged with a crime is guilty, and not everyone who’s guilty of a crime deserves to have their life ruined by a mistake.

We have a proven track record of providing sound legal counsel for a broad range of offences, ranging from the most simple common assault right through to Grievous Bodily Harm, Fraud, Kidnap and also Murder. Whether you need someone to represent you at the police station after an arrest, you’ve been detained by immigration services or you want to appeal a previous conviction, we have lawyers who can help.

We believe that everyone is entitled to the best available defence, regardless of their circumstances in life. We accept cases from individuals, businesses who’ve been accused in a criminal matter, private-pay clients and those who qualify for government funding to help pay for their defence. Our Senior Principal has worked for some of the most re-known Crime firms in London, including Mackesys Crime, Stuart Miller Solicitors and is currently a consultant for McCormacks Law.

 

Police powers to stop and search: your rights

The police have powers to stop and question you at any time – they can search you depending on the situation.

A police community support officer (PCSO) must be in uniform when they stop and question you. A police officer doesn’t always have to be in uniform but if they’re not wearing uniform they must show you their warrant card.

Stop and question: Police powers

A police officer has powers to stop you at any time and ask you:

  • what you’re doing
  • why you’re in an area and/or where you’re going

However, you don’t have to answer any questions the police officer asks you.

Stop and search: police powers

A police officer has powers to stop and search you if they have ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect you’re carrying:

  • illegal drugs
  • a weapon
  • stolen property
  • something which could be used to commit a crime, eg a crowbar

You can only be stopped and searched without reasonable grounds if it has been approved by a senior police officer. This can happen if it is suspected that:

  • serious violence could take place
  • you’re carrying a weapon or have used one
  • you’re in a specific location or area

Before you’re searched

  • Before you’re searched the police officer must tell you:
  • their name and police station
  • what they expect to find, eg drugs
  • the reason they want to search you, eg it looks like you’re hiding something
  • why they are legally allowed to search you
  • that you can have a record of the search and if this isn’t possible at the time, how you can get a copy

A police officer can ask you to take off your coat, jacket or gloves.

The police might ask you to take off other clothes and anything you’re wearing for religious reasons – eg a veil or turban. If they do, they must take you somewhere out of public view.

If the officer wants to remove more than a jacket and gloves they must be the same sex as you.

Being searched doesn’t mean you’re being arrested.

Police powers of arrest: your rights

To arrest you the police need reasonable grounds to suspect you’re involved in a crime for which your arrest is necessary.

The police have powers to arrest you anywhere and at any time, including on the street, at home or at work.

Police arrest procedure

If you’re arrested the police must:

  • identify themselves as the police
  • tell you that you’re being arrested
  • tell you what crime they think you’ve committed
  • explain why it’s necessary to arrest you
  • explain to you that you’re not free to leave

If you’re under 17 the police should only arrest you at school if it’s unavoidable, and they must inform your headteacher.

The police must also contact your parents, guardian or carer as soon as possible after your arrival at the police station.

If you try to escape or become violent, the police can use ‘reasonable force’, eg holding you down so that you can’t run off.

You can also be handcuffed.

The police have powers to search you when you’re arrested.

Your rights in custody

The custody officer at the police station must explain your rights. You have the right to:

  • get free legal advice
  • tell someone where you are
  • have medical help if you’re feeling ill
  • see the rules the police must follow (‘Codes of Practice’)
  • see a written notice telling you about your rights, eg regular breaks for food and to use the toilet (you can ask for a notice in your language) or an interpreter to explain the notice

You’ll be searched and your possessions will be kept by the police custody officer while you’re in the cell.

 How long can you be held in custody

The police can hold you for up to 24 hours before they have to charge you with a crime or release you.

They can apply to hold you for up to 36 or 96 hours if you’re suspected of a serious crime, eg murder.

You can be held without charge for up to 14 days If you’re arrested under the Terrorism Act.

 Giving fingerprints photographs and samples

The police have the right to take photographs of you. They can also take fingerprints and a DNA sample (eg from a mouth swab or head hair root) from you as well as swab the skin surface of your hands and arms. They don’t need your permission to do this.

The police need both your permission and the authority of a senior police officer to take samples like blood or urine, or to take dental impressions.

This doesn’t apply when they take a blood or urine sample in connection with drink or drug driving.

Information from fingerprints and samples is stored in a police database.

You can find out if your information is stored on the police database by getting a copy of your police records from your local police station.

You have to write to your local police (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or local police (Scotland) to have your personal information removed from the police database.

They’ll only do this if an offence no longer exists or if anything in the police process (eg how you were arrested or detained) was unlawful.

 

Legal advice at the Police Station and your right to free legal advice

You have the right to free legal advice (legal aid) if you’re questioned at a police station. You can change your mind later if you turn it down.

How you can get free legal advice

You must be told about your right to free legal advice after you’re arrested and before you’re questioned at a police station. You can:

  • ask for the police station’s ‘duty solicitor’ – they’re available 24 hours a day and independent of the police
  • tell the police you would like legal advice – the police will contact the Defence Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC)
  • ask the police to contact our own Criminal Solicitor, Mr Ghulam Humayun on 07894 996 154

You may be offered legal advice over the phone instead of a duty solicitor if you’ve committed a less serious offence, eg being disorderly. The advice is free and independent of the police.

Being questioned without legal advice

Once you’ve asked for legal advice, the police can’t question you until you’ve got it – with some exceptions.

The police can make you wait for legal advice in serious cases, but only if a senior officer agrees.

The longest you can be made to wait before getting legal advice is 36 hours after arriving at the police station (or 48 hours for suspected terrorism).

You have the right to free legal advice if you are questioned by the police.

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The Ashtons Solicitors Difference

We believe in providing honest, straightforward representation, not in giving our clients false hope. We provide no-nonsense legal advisory and defence services for those who are in need of a solid and rigorous representation by qualified and competent solicitor.

Finding yourself on the wrong side of the law is no joke. A conviction can alter the whole course of your life. Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest, you can get the help you deserve in your time of trouble. When you need a serious defence, Criminal Defence Solicitors has an attorney with the legal knowledge and skills to minimize the impact of your arrest and try to win you the chance to get your life back on track. We’ve successfully handled cases that seemed hopeless, and we want the chance to help you.

We pride ourselves on our hands on approach, and appreciate that when we are dealing with a client, we are essentially also dealing with the stress and and anxiety which the family of the client suffers. So in essence, client care extends to way beyond the needs of the client alone.

Some of the offences which we cover:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Terrorism
  • Extradition
  • Threats To Kill
  • Gang Crime
  • Money Laundering
  • Modern Day Slavery
  • Supply of Drugs
  • Fraud
  • GBH
  • ABH
  • Assault
  • Public Order
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Robbery
  • Driving whilst disqualified

We have lawyers who can speak in the following languages:

  • English
  • Vietnamese
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi
  • Bengali
  • Sri-lankan
  • Sinhalese

We cover the following areas:

  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Westminster
  • Southwark
  • Lewisham
  • City of London
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Richmond Upon Thames
  • Wandsworth
  • Hammersmith & Fulham,
  • Lambeth
  • Camden
  • Islington
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Stratford
  • Walthamstow
  • Leyton
  • Harrow
  • Leytonstone
  • Dagenham
  • Woolwich
  • Greenwich
  • Loughton
  • Plumstead
  • Ealing
  • Heathrow
  • Kent
  • North Kent
  • Medway
  • Maidstone
  • Cantebury
  • Folkestone
  • Dover
  • Swanley
  • Luton
  • Dunstable

Police Stations

We have active cover in all of the below stations:

Acton Police Station
Albany Street Police Station
Attleborough Public Enquiry Office
Basingstoke Police Station
Battersea Police Station
Beccles Police Station
Belgravia Police Station
Bethnal Green Police Station
Bishopsgate Police Station
Bognor Police Station
Brentwood Police Station
Brick Lane Police Station
Brockley Police Station
Catford Police Station
Charing Cross Police Station
Chelsea Police Station
Chingford Police Station
Chipping Norton Police Station
Clapham Police Station
Deal Police Station
Deptford Police Station
Downham Market Public Enquiry Office
Ealing Police Station
East Ham Police Station
Edmonton Police Station
Eltham Police Station
Forest Gate Police Station
Fulham Police Station
Greenwich Police Station
Hackney Police Station
Hammersmith Police Station
Hampstead Police Station
Harlesden Police Station
Harrow Police Station
Harrow Road Police Station Headquarters Police Station
Holborn Police Station
Holloway Police Station
Isle of Dogs Police Station
Islington Police Station
Kensington Police Station
Kentish Town Police Police Station
Kettering Police Station
Kilburn Police Station
Lavender Hill Police Station
Lewisham Police Station
Leyton Police Station
Limehouse Police Station
London Road Police Office (Open 24 hours)
Marylebone Police Station
North Woolwich Police Station
Paddington Green Police Station
Penge Police Station
Plaistow Police Station
Plumstead Police Station
Poplar Police Office
Shepherds Bush Police Station
Shoreditch Police Station
Snow Hill Police Station
South Norwood Police Station
Southgate Police Station
St Anns Police Station
St John’s Wood Police Station
Stoke Newington Police Station
Strand Road Police Station (Open 24 hours)
Stratford Police Station
Swanley Police Station
Sydenham Police Station
Thamesmead Police Station
Tooting Police Station
Twickenham Police Station
Walthamstow Police Station
Walthamstow Town Centre Police Office
Wandsworth Police Station
Wanstead Police Station
Waterside Police Station
West End Central Police Station
West Hampstead Police Station
Wickford Police Station
Willesden Green Police Station
Wimbledon Police Station
Winchmore Hill Police Station
Woolwich Police Station

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