The initial interview at the police station is the first and most important stage of your case. You have the right to be represented by a solicitor of your choice or by the duty solicitor if you do not know who to ask for. Choose our specialist solicitors at Watson Woodhouse who have police station accreditation and are able to attend the police station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to represent your best interests. This is always free.
Our lawyers are able to provide advice and assistance at any stage of the criminal process including in circumstances where there is a likelihood of arrest. Contact us as soon as you come under suspicion, investigation or arrest in relation to any criminal offence.
Police Myth Busters
It is no secret that most police officers want individuals to attend the station without representation. Mainly because without legal representation you potentially leave yourself vulnerable and they may ask you questions or use techniques that perhaps they would not use if you had a solicitor present.
Some common myths used by police to deter you from receiving representation;
- “If you want a solicitor this is going to take a lot longer, don’t you want to be out of here soon?”
NOT TRUE – Watson Woodhouse criminal defence specialists have solicitors in every one of our 6 offices. We receive a call to notify us usually a few hours before the police officers are ready for interview, so we are prepared that when we receive the call that they are ready to interview we will be there within 20 minutes. You can call us in advance and we will be waiting when you arrive.
- “Only guilty people need solicitors, I’ve got nothing to hide, I don’t need a solicitor”
NOT TRUE – The majority of the people we represent are innocent and find the idea of being summoned to the police station very daunting. The interview process can be intimidating and having a solicitor sat next to you not only helps with the legal aspects but can also be comforting for the person accused and can offer reassurance. Our experts will receive full disclosure from the officers before the interview takes place to give us a very good idea of the evidence the police have, which you wouldn’t have access to if you decided to go it alone . This gives you a head start as we can prepare for what will arise in the interview. It’s completely free so what do you have to lose!
- “It’s 4oclock in the morning, I don’t want to be a pain and wake somebody up”
NOT TRUE – Watson Woodhouse have a 24hr helpline specifically for this reason. We attend stations at all hours of the night and day because that is our job. We are passionate about the right to independent legal advice, no matter what time it is. Do not hesitate to get in contact with us.