Police Station Representation

‘Max thank you for your time and compassion today. I was very down this morning and I just needed to reach out to someone with their finger on the pulse. I felt so helpless. Thank you for your patience and helping me cope with my fears. Our chat really helped with that. I do appreciate all your efforts and help.’
From the wife of a client under investigation for sexual offences

If you or someone you know has been arrested or asked to attend the police station for a voluntary interview, call private criminal defence solicitor, Max Anwar immediately on 07770267894 for expert advice and representation.

In most cases, Max is able to get his clients released without charges or further investigation, protecting their family, livelihood, career, and reputation from harm.

Being convicted of a crime can completely derail your life. Depending on the seriousness of the offence, you have the potential to lose everything, from your family and friends, to your job. You may even be unable to continue working in certain professions, including law enforcement, medicine, and education.

You have a right to legal advice while at a police station. Therefore, from the moment you are accused of an offence, it is crucial that you instruct a specialist criminal defence lawyer to advise you on strategy, protect your rights, and guide you through police interviews, so you have the greatest possible chance of being released without charge.

Max Anwar is a private criminal defence solicitor with extensive experience in providing bespoke, practical advice on all criminal offence allegations and investigations.

When you instruct Max on a private basis, you can expect a highly personal and thorough criminal defence service focused on preserving your rights and minimising the potential damage to your personal life and reputation.

Unfortunately, due to cuts to legal aid, people who instruct legal aid solicitors for police station representation and criminal defence only receive the bare minimum of advice. This can be highly detrimental to your case and increases the likelihood of being charged with an offence. That’s why Max works primarily on a private basis in order to provide you with a high-quality legal service tailored to your needs and not determined by the limits imposed by legal aid funding.  

Many of Max’s clients have little to no experience with the criminal justice system and are terrified of the impact getting a criminal record could have on their lives, regardless of the seriousness of the conviction.

Max’s years of experience means he has an in-depth understanding of the distress and anxiety you are probably feeling as a result of being arrested or invited to the police station to be interviewed in relation to an offence, and he will do everything in his power to help you avoid charges so you can start moving on with your life as soon as possible.

Get in touch with police station representation solicitor, Max Anwar today by calling 07770267894 or by emailing max.anwar@mccormacks.co.uk.

However urgent your matter, Max can travel to police stations across London and the UK to assist you, and help you build a solid defence strategy for a police station interview.

How Max Anwar, private criminal defence solicitor in London, can help you

When you instruct Max on a private basis, either after you’ve been arrested or after you’ve been invited to the police station to be interviewed under caution, you will receive the full range of his decades of criminal defence expertise, including:

  • Expert advice in person, over the telephone, or at the police station in relation to your rights, the offence you are suspected of, and the criminal law.
  • In-depth pre-interview preparation to advise on strategy, visit potential witnesses and take statements before you attend the police station.
  • Unlimited meetings to discuss your case (in line with agreed fees).
  • Personal representation at the police station, no matter how minor the offence.
  • Advice regarding the police’s powers to arrest and charge.
  • Representations to the police or Crown Prosecution Service about why you should not be charged with an offence.
  • Representations to the police about bail (if necessary).
  • Clear, transparent, and competitive fee agreements.

Why choose a private criminal defence lawyer over a legal aid lawyer?

Below are some of the reasons it’s a better option to choose a private criminal defence solicitor over a legal aid lawyer for police station representation:

Legal aid lawyer Private criminal defence solicitor
“Bare minimum” service: Cuts to legal aid compel legal aid lawyers to try and deal with your case as quickly as possible meaning you are unlikely to get the high quality of advice and representation you need to avoid criminal charges.   Full, comprehensive service: Max Anwar will focus his entire attention on your case, dedicating ample time to listening to your standpoint, providing tailored advice, strategising, and building a solid defence case for you.
Poor quality police station representation: A senior legal aid solicitor or a partner in a firm is unlikely to attend the police station with you, especially for out of hours interviews. Instead, you will be given a police station representative (not necessarily a solicitor) who may not even be associated with your solicitor’s firm. High quality police station representation: Max will personally attend the police station with you, even if you are arrested or called in at short notice out of hours. This means you will always have the advice and representation of a specialist.
Little to no pre-interview preparation: If you are invited for a voluntary police interview, a legal aid solicitor is unlikely to see you beforehand and the first time you meet them will be at the interview, leaving very little time to strategise. In-depth pre-interview strategy assessment: Max will always meet you before your interview to plan strategy, approach witnesses and gather statements, and will prepare written representations to the police and Crown Prosecution Service as to why you should not be charged.   By spending more time on pre-interview preparation, your case will be stronger, making it more likely that the police will decide to take no further action.
Little to no support after initial police interview: If you are released under investigation or on police bail, it is unlikely that you will be able to meet with your legal aid solicitor as legal aid does not cover further meetings such as this. Ongoing support throughout your case: Max will meet with you as many times as you need (within an agreed fee structure) and can also meet with witnesses to continue strengthening your case.
You could end up paying anyway: Eligibility for criminal legal aid is now severely limited. Even if you are eligible for legal aid, if you are unfortunately charged with a crime, you may be required to make contributions to your legal fees of up to £900 or 100% of your disposable income (whichever is higher) per month for up to six months. Expert advice for competitive prices: If it’s possible in advance, you and Max will agree on a fixed fee or discuss charging by the hour.   If you need to instruct Max urgently, he will aim to make his fees as clear and transparent as possible from the outset so you can remain fully in control of how much you’re spending on legal fees.

It is beneficial to choose a private criminal defence lawyer from the very start of your case to give yourself a better chance of having the police take no further action against you.

If you are being advised by a solicitor under legal aid and are on police bail or under investigation than you can change solicitors anytime and don’t need anyone’s permission. If, however, you have been charged with an offence then you can only change solicitors under legal aid in very exceptional circumstances and only with the court’s permission unless you instruct the new solicitor on a private basis in which case you do not need the court’s permission.

Police station representation FAQs

What does being invited to a voluntary police interview mean?

A voluntary police interview refers to when a person is interviewed by the police in relation to a potential offence without being arrested. It is also referred to as being interviewed under caution or “Caution + 3” interviews.

The way you answer questions in a voluntary interview can be used to decide whether to charge you and as evidence in court. Therefore, if you have been invited to interview under caution, it is essential you contact a highly skilled criminal defence solicitor to help with pre-interview preparation, including gathering witness evidence and preparing written statements to give you the best possible chance of no further action being taken.

Do you have to attend a voluntary police interview?

The police cannot force you to attend a voluntary interview under caution. However, a lack of cooperation may result in the police arresting you in order to interview about the alleged offence.

That’s why if the police contact you it’s absolutely essential that you instruct a criminal defence solicitor immediately so that the solicitor can make arrangements for you to attend the police station on a date convenient for you and the solicitor. The solicitor can then to advise you on your options and the best action to take, whether to answer questions in the interview or not, possible defences to the alleged offence etc.

Does being arrested mean you’ve been charged with a criminal offence?

Being arrested does not necessarily mean you will be charged with an offence. You may be arrested if you are suspected of committing an offence and it is necessary to arrest you.

If the police are looking for you it may be possible for the solicitor to persuade the police not to arrest you and to allow you to attend the police station as a volunteer in which case the police would not be able to take your photograph, fingerprints, DNA and you would not be placed in a cell. Whether under arrest or a voluntary interview, the purpose of the exercise is to interview about the alleged offence and gather evidence to help the police decide whether you should be charged with an offence or not.

What happens when you’re arrested?

When you’re arrested you are usually taken to a police station. The police will search you and are allowed to confiscate your possessions while you are in custody. While you are at the police station, you will be held in a cell and will usually be questioned in relation to the suspected offence.

After you’ve been questioned, the police may:     

  1. Release you and not take any further action against you
  2. Release you under investigation. There would be no conditions/restrictions placed on your release, but the police would continue the investigation without a time limit
  3. Release you on bail (with or without conditions) while the police continue the investigation
  4. Charge you with an offence and either bail you to attend court at a future date (with or without conditions) or refuse you bail in which case you would appear at court that day or the following day and the court would than decide whether you are granted bail or not

What rights do you have while in police detention?

When you arrive at the police station, the custody officer must explain your rights, including:

  • To legal advice – ask to call Max Anwar on 07770267894 as soon as possible
  • To tell someone you are at the police station
  • To see a copy of the police’s Code of Conduct
  • To receive medical help if you are unwell
  • To have a translator if English is not your first language
  • To food which meets your dietary requirements
  • To be treated humanely and provided with things such as a warm cell, blankets, and access to a toilet
  • If you are under 18 or vulnerable (for example, due to learning difficulties) you are entitled to have a parent, guardian, or ‘appropriate adult’ such as a social worker present during interviews

What happens during questioning?

While you are in custody, the police will interview you about the allegations against you. You should not answer any questions about the offence without a criminal defence solicitor present.

If you’ve informed the police officers that you want legal advice, they are not allowed to interview you until your solicitor arrives. Once your solicitor arrives, you will be able to talk with them in private before you are questioned, and they will also be with you in the interview to advise you.

The interview itself will be recorded and could be used as evidence if you are charged with any offences.

Do I have to consent to the police taking photographs, fingerprints, and DNA samples?

The police are allowed to take photographs of you, take your fingerprints, and take DNA samples such as mouth swabs, hair samples, and swab the skin of your hands and arms.

However, the police need your permission and the authority of a senior officer to take DNA samples such as urine and blood (unless it is needed in relation to drug or drink driving offences).

How long can you be held in custody?

You can be held in custody for up to 24 hours. After this period, the police are either required to charge you with an offence or release you either on bail or under investigation or with no further action to be taken.

For very serious crimes such as murder, the police may apply to a senior police officer to keep you in police detention for a further 12 hours i.e. up to a maximum of 36 hours. After the 36 hour limit the police must release you without taking any further action against you, or release you under investigation or on bail pending further enquiries OR apply to the magistrates’ court to keep you in further detention up to a maximum of 96 hours

How does bail/under investigation work?

If the police have not finished their investigation after 24/36 or 96 hours, they may release you on bail or under investigation. If you are released on bail the police will continue the investigation and you may be required to return to the police station for further questioning or to be charged with an offence.

If you are released under investigation then, although the police can’t impose any conditions or restrictions, there are no time limits as to how long they can take to make a decision whether to charge or not.

Bail will be conditional if the police suspect you may:

  • Fail to turn up at Court
  • Intimidate any witnesses
  • Commit another offence

Your bail conditions might include:

  • Handing your passport in to the police
  • Curfews
  • Reporting regularly to the police station
  • Living at a specific address
  • Not contacting certain people

What does being held on remand mean?

If you are charged with an offence and the police refuse to give you bail than you will appear at court in custody usually on the next day. Your solicitor will apply for you to be released on bail. The court can either grant you bail (with or without conditions) or remand you in custody. Being held on remand means being sent to prison to await your trial after you’ve been charged with a crime. You may be held on remand if, for example:

  • You’ve been charged with a serious crime and
  • The court suspects you may not turn up to any court hearings
  • The court suspects you may commit another offence or
  • You’ve breached the terms of conditional bail before

Get in touch with Max Anwar, private criminal defence lawyer in London today

Get in touch with police station representation lawyer, Max Anwar today by calling 07770267894 or by emailing max.anwar@mccormacks.co.uk.

However urgent your matter, Max can travel to police stations across London and the UK to assist you, and help you build a solid defence strategy before your voluntary interview.

Call 07770267894 at any time 24/7 for urgent police station representation.


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