Specialists in Serious Fraud and Complex Criminal Defence
Police Station Solicitors
Effective defence begins at the police station. Our criminal defence solicitors provide police station representation 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. We can be contacted on our 24-hour office number. Your call will be taken seriously, and we will provide you with as much time as you require.
To contact our police station solicitors, please call our office on 020 3824 8080 (available 24-hours a day).
MPR Solicitors have vast experience in representing people at police stations. We are a boutique firm, focused on criminal defence, white collar crime and serious fraud. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of criminal law and have a nationally-recognised reputation for providing expert criminal defence advice.
Our goal in representing you at the police station is to avoid you being charged with any offences and safeguard your interests. If however, the police or investigating authorities believe that the threshold to charge you with a criminal offence has been met then we will provide you with pro-active and robust representation in court in order to secure the best possible outcome in your case.
Our team focus heavily on providing quality police representation and exceptional client care. We have a dedicated team of criminal defence solicitors and lawyers based in London, specialising in all types of criminal offences. Whatever charge you are facing, we can provide expert and pragmatic advice. Our lawyers are supported by a dedicated team of support staff which permits our legal team to focus on supporting you and provide the highest quality 24-hour police station representation.
Our criminal solicitors have a wide range of experience advising and attending suspects at police stations accused of a range of offences from serious fraud and financial crimes; large-scale conspiracies; murder to minor road traffic offences.
We work quickly to protect and advance our client’s rights, dealing with interviewing police officers in a professional, no-nonsense manner.
Having an experienced solicitor advise you at the police station can make the difference proceeding further and discontinuing a case. At MPR Solicitors, we take a proactive approach and have a strong reputation for achieving successful results for our clients.
Our team includes senior solicitors, consultants, and barristers. We will ensure that the right lawyer is allocated to your case and attends the police station to support you.
Our head office is in London, and we have satellite offices across the capital. With a network of solicitors across England and Wales, we can attend any police station within approximately 45 minutes.
What are my rights to a solicitor if I am arrested?
Anyone detained at a police station is entitled to be represented by a solicitor of their choice. If you, a friend or a relative is being detained at a police station contact us urgently so that we can assist. Sometimes the police will tell you to use the duty solicitor. You are under no obligation to do this, you have the right to choose your own legal representation.
What happens when you are arrested?
A police officer has the power to arrest anyone if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have committed a crime or intend to commit one. Upon arrest, the officer should inform you that they are a police officer, that you are under arrest, and what you are under arrest for.
Having formally arrested you, officers should caution you as follows:
“You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned, something that you later rely on in Court”.
You are then likely to be placed in handcuffs and taken to the nearest police station.
When can I ask for a solicitor following arrest?
You have the right to ask for a solicitor immediately. Doing so is not an admission of guilt and cannot be held against you in court.
It is strongly recommended that you do not speak to the police about the alleged offence until our solicitor is with you.
Do I need a solicitor present if I have been asked to voluntarily come to the police station?
In some cases, the police will request you come to the police station voluntarily to answer questions. In such an event, you can be interviewed under caution, but you are technically free to leave the police station whenever you wish. However, the police can formally arrest you if they have reason as outlined above.
Any interview under caution is the same as an interview conducted after arrest, therefore it is crucial that you have one of our police station representatives with you.
How long can the police hold you?
The police can hold you for up to 24 hours before they must charge you with a crime or release you.
If the police suspect you of a serious crime, such as rape or murder, they can apply to hold you for 36-96 hours.
You can be held without charge for up to 14 days if you’re arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000.
What is the role of police in a prosecution?
The police do not decide if a person is to be prosecuted, this is the job of the Crown Prosecution Service. The police interview the suspect, the victim/s and any witnesses, taking statements and collecting evidence. This evidence is then passed onto the Prosecutor who decides if it is substantial enough to bring a prosecution.
Prosecutors must be sure that there is enough evidence to provide a 'realistic prospect of conviction'. They must consider what the defence case may be, and how that is likely to affect the prosecution case.
Get the right representation from the beginning
If you have been arrested or asked to attend the police station voluntarily, it is imperative that you receive expert legal advice from an experienced solicitor. By instructing MPR Solicitors, you can be confident that you will be dealing with senior lawyers who understand the police process and how to protect your best interests.
If you require police station representation, please call us immediately on 020 3824 8080 or fill in our contact form to get in touch.