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During a Police Station interview or court appearance, it is vital to have the very best legal representation from a Solicitor experienced in dealing with the Criminal Law.
Here at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors, our Criminal Law Solicitors can provide you with legal representation from the moment you become aware the Police are investigating you, including attending any Police Station interviews and court appearances.
If you need legal advice fast, call our Criminal Law team on 0151 239 1182 during working hours or 07769 931 027 at other times.
There are a number of situations where you might find yourself being interviewed at a Police Station. Typically, you will have been taken to the station by the Police after being arrested at the scene of an incident, or by having Police officers take you from your home or place of work to “have a chat” about an offence you are alleged to have committed.
In certain circumstances, people who are aware they are under investigation might be able to arrange to attend a Police Station voluntarily for an interview. Depending on how you have arrived at the Police Station, you may have already been cautioned by the Police. In some situations, though, you may not receive a caution until the Police Station interview begins.
The caution is a vitally important part of any Police Station interview as it informs you of your rights during the interview process. The standard form of caution used by the Police is as follows:
"You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in Court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence."
View our complete guide to Police Station interviews.
After your Police Station interview, a decision might be taken to charge you with an offence, based on what has been said during the interview and any other evidence of a crime that the Police have discovered. If you are charged, then it is up to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to make a decision on whether or not to prosecute you for that offence.
If the CPS does decide there is enough evidence for there to be a realistic prospect that you will be convicted and that it is in the public interest, then they will proceed with a prosecution.
>Usually, you will have been released from Police custody by the time this decision is made and you will be given a date and time to attend court for the initial hearing. However in certain circumstances, for example if the crime was very serious or involved violence, or if there are concerns that you may not show up for your trial, then you may be kept in prison until the date of the trial. This is referred to as being ‘remanded in custody’.
In England and Wales, there are three types of Criminal Court that you might attend for your trial. Which of these courts you attend will depend on your age and the type of crime you are being prosecuted for.
Of course, as Criminal Law Solicitors, here at Canter Levin & Berg we are able to represent you in all three types of court or we can arrange for a barrister who will attend the court with you.
If you’re aged 18 or over, your case will be heard, at least initially, in a Magistrates’ Court, in front of 2 or 3 magistrates or a district judge. The majority of less serious offences are dealt with in a magistrates’ court, including motoring offences, cases involving minor criminal damage and offences such as being drunk and disorderly.
Sometimes the magistrates or the judge in the magistrates’ court will decide the offence you are accused of is too serious for them to deal with. In that situation, your case will be transferred to a Crown Court.
For more information on the representation our solicitors can provide if you are due to attend a magistrates’ court, call us now on 0151 239 1182 or view our Magistrates’ Court representation guide.
For the most serious offences, such as murder, robbery and sexual offences, your case will be heard in a Crown Court. This is a more traditional courtroom setting, with a judge and a jury.
It is the jury’s responsibility, after hearing all the evidence and the arguments from the prosecution and from your defence team, to decide whether you are guilty of the crime of which you have been accused. If found guilty in Crown Court, then you will receive a sentence based on the type of crime you have committed, which could be anything from a community sentence up to life imprisonment.
For more information on the representation our solicitors can provide if you are attending a crown court, call us now on 0151 239 1182 or view our Crown Court representation guide.
People aged between 10 and 17 who are accused of a crime will have their cases heard at a Youth Court, which is a specialised, more informal, kind of magistrates’ court. In a youth court, you will be referred to by your first name, and if you are under 16, your parent or guardian will accompany you.
Youth courts can sentence you to carry out work in your local community (a community sentence), or they may give you a Detention and Training Order, which may involve spending some time in custody. For the most serious crimes, a Youth Court will pass the case on to the Crown Court.
For more information on the representation our solicitors can provide if you or a child in your care have to attend a youth court, call us now on 0151 239 1182 or view our Youth Court representation guide.
Remember, you are entitled to legal representation if you have been detained at a Police Station or if you are facing a court appearance. Police Station and court rooms can be daunting places. It is only will feel vulnerable and confused and you may not know how to deal with your situation. You must have a lawyer present.
Here at Canter Levin and Berg Solicitors, we have one of the most highly respected Criminal Defence teams on Merseyside with decades of experience in handling cases across the whole spectrum of criminal offences. If you have been arrested then ask for us at the Police Station.
If the Police want to talk to you and have asked you to attend the Police Station, call us now on 0151 239 1000 or fill in your details using our online enquiry form. All of our lawyers are qualified Duty Solicitors or Accredited by the Legal Aid Agency for advising a suspect at the Police Station.