Are police solicitors free?

Do police get free legal advice?

You are entitled to free legal advice if you are in custody in a Police Station, even if you are working. … We can be at any Police Station within 45 minutes – 1 hour. Ask the Custody Sergeant to contact Criminal Defence Solicitors on 0207 353 7000.

Are duty solicitors free?

A duty solicitor, duty counsel, or duty lawyer, is a solicitor whose services are available to a person either suspected of, or charged with, a criminal offence free of charge (pro bono), if that person does not have access to a solicitor of their own and usually if it is judged by a means test that they cannot afford …

Do solicitors work with the police?

Depending on where their office is based, a Duty Solicitor can work in up to six local justice areas, covering police stations within these justice areas, 24 hours per day. They also work with the courts in these areas from Monday to Saturday, throughout the year.

What does a solicitor do at a police station?

A Lawtons duty solicitor is able to provide you with Police station assistance and advise you of your rights. If you have been detained, it is important that you are represented and defended before Police questioning or a Police interview commences.

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What is s 58 pace?

Section 58 of PACE, specifically provides that a person ‘held in custody in a police station‘ is entitled to consult a solicitor, but it does not mention suspects interviewed elsewhere’.

Who can I ring for free legal advice?

Please call 020 7251 8887 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone) on Tuesdays 11am-1pm.

Do you tell your solicitor the truth UK?

If you decide to instruct a solicitor in relation to a certain matter you will have to tell your solicitor all the facts about your case. According to Solicitors’ Code of Conduct your solicitor will be bound by a duty of confidentiality and he should therefore not make any unnecessary disclosures about your case.

How much is a solicitor for a police interview?

1.It is free

If you ask for a solicitor to attend to assist you in a police interview, the police cannot refuse. They must either arrange a solicitor for you (the duty solicitor) or make contact with a named solicitor of your choice who is willing to act.

Can I pay solicitors fees by installments?

You can ask if your lawyer’s firm will allow you to make payments over time. Sometimes law firms can offer those arrangements. For example, you might be able to pay your legal costs by instalments. You should check whether there will be any additional charge for paying in this way.

Can the police interview you without a solicitor?

Being questioned without legal advice

If you do not want to have a solicitor with you during your police interview, you do not need to. If you’re under 18 or a vulnerable adult, then usually the police cannot interview you without a solicitor in the room.

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How do police contact you?

Contact the police by calling 999 to report emergencies or by calling 101 for non-emergencies.

How long does a police interview take?

The duration of an interview varies. They could typically take around 1-2 hours. You are not required to take anything with you unless you have documents that are relevant to the investigation.