Pre-Charge Advice Solicitors

Pre-charge advice (prior to and after arrest) is crucial in many cases and it is certainly worth consulting a specialist criminal defence firm offering pre-charge advice to businesses and private individuals such as MPR solicitors as it could make the difference between individuals being charged and effectively being "acquitted" at the early stages of an investigation.

Early advice in an investigation may also enable us to prevent an arrest which would avoid the necessity of the police taking and retaining your biometric data (DNA, fingerprints and photograph) on the Police National Computer and onerous bail conditions. We can also challenge illegal arrests and searches and make representations for the early return of seized property and challenge cash seizures and restraint orders which can often hamper a business from continuing to operate.

At MPR solicitors, our solicitors are experts at advising clients at the pre-charge stage often making representations to the police and CPS to avoid charging decision from being made. We are well known by some police forces in leaving no stone unturned and conducting heavily pro-active defences on behalf of our clients often investigatory work that should have been conducted by the police but left to us, we compile a defence dossier and present the findings to the police with a view to persuading them to drop the investigation at an early stage or to avoid charge altogether.

Our meticulous attention to detail and forensic grasp of the issues at hand and the dedication shown by our specialist defence lawyers ensure that our clients receive strategic and early defence advice right at the beginning of any investigation or immediately after or during arrest.

An individual’s defence starts at the investigatory stage or at the police station and having the right specialist criminal defence lawyer from MPR solicitors in a police interview can make all the difference. People often think that they won’t need a lawyer if they haven’t done anything wrong. Unfortunately, more often than not, your interests and rights will not be adequately protected or advanced and you cannot rely on the police acting in the best interests of a suspect as they have their own agendas.

How you defend your case at the police station stage will have an impact on the future of your case and how successfully it can be defended. Should you answer questions in interview, or should you submit a structured prepared statement instead? Should you accept a police caution? Should you assist in an enquiry? These may appear like simple enough questions to a lay person but if you are advised incorrectly and select the wrong option in your case, the consequences could have serious implications for the current case and for the future whether it be long term career prospects, ability to enter the US on a visa waiver scheme or emigrate to Australia for example.

Our aim is two-fold:

  • To give pre-charge advice where individuals are still being investigated by the police with a view to bolstering the defence case and making tactical decisions to avoid a charge or preserving and obtaining crucial defence evidence. This could also include making written representations to the CPS not to charge the case on the basis that it has not met the threshold for prosecution.
  • Where an individual has been charged, to provide a pro-active defence utilising the firm’s expertise and knowledge of legal issues, IT, Forensic issues, psychiatric and psychological issues such as false memory syndrome. We can put together a highly effective team of relevant experts to assist the defence case and strategy. We also work very closely with leading barristers and Queens Counsel. The firm also has an in-house senior barrister who also practices at the Independent Bar to whom we can always consult for initial specific advice without the costs of formally instructing a barrister thus saving clients the initial expense and providing a seamless service.

MPR solicitors have successfully acted for a diverse range of clients at the pre-charge stage including company directors, employees, bankers, overseas students, HNWs, legal professionals, professionals, school teachers, private individuals and footballers.

We offer a full Partner-led bespoke 24 hour service in the case of police and regulatory arrests including Dawn Raids. 

If you would like to know more about how MPR solicitors could make a difference or wish to contact us, please call and let us guide you through it.