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Do the police want to speak with you or someone you know?

We provide high quality advice from lawyers who will be with you through the process of attending the police station or being taken there under arrest. We can guarantee advice by a qualified solicitor. This is especially important on serious offences. Although based in Brighton, we cover all police station in Sussex.

We are available to attend the police station 24 hours a day
You can contact us on our 24 hour emergency number - 01273 600009
Having a solicitor at the police station will cost you nothing.

If you know or think the police want to speak to you, contact us immediately.

If you are arrested, you should ask the police to contact us.

If the police have reasonable grounds to suspect that you may have committed a criminal offence, they might wish to interview you. The purpose of an interview is to give you an opportunity to respond to an allegation. Anything you say will be considered as part of their investigation, which may or may not result in further action being taken.

It is important that your interview is handled correctly. Decisions about whether to speak in interview can have serious consequences if you are prosecuted and taken to court.

It is often thought that you have to be arrested in order to be interviewed. The police may arrange for you to attend voluntarily for interview, or you may be arrested and taken to custody for that purpose.

You may be concerned about the stigma of an arrest and we can sometimes persuade the police not to take this course.

A formal interview will always be recorded, and take place under caution. In any circumstances where you face an interview under caution, you have the right to free, independent advice from a lawyer of your choice.

We appreciate that being interviewed by the police in any circumstances can be a very stressful experience. If you are detained at the police station, it can be confusing, disorientating and scary, especially not knowing how long you can expect to be held for.

We will always listen carefully to your side of the story, and give clear advice about your rights and what will happen at every step of the way.
Whether you think you are guilty or not guilty, it is always important to ask for legal representation. This will ensure your rights are upheld, that you are empowered to deal with the process, and that you are not taken advantage of in any way.
It is sometimes thought that asking for a lawyer will delay your detention. This is simply not true. Being represented can often result in you being released sooner or with fewer restrictions on your liberty where police are seeking to impose bail conditions.

We will always strenuously challenge the police where the grounds of your detention are in question, and ensure the process is dealt with as quickly as possible. We will attend at any time of the day or night when the police say they are ready to interview.

Having a solicitor at the police station means that you will find out beforehand what the police want to talk to you about and your solicitor will tell you about the strength of the evidence.

Following interview, unless you are charged, you will be released on police bail with or without police bail conditions for up to 28 days which in certain circumstances can be extended or released “under investigation”. This means the police have not decided whether to take further action and it is effectively still a “live” investigation. You will have no bail conditions imposed on you and there is no formal time limit the police to complete their investigation. However the police must not waste time or delay their investigation. During this time, the police may retain any property that may be of evidential value to the investigation. In certain circumstances, you will be entitled to the return of your property and we can assist in getting your property back.

Having us represent you will enable you to track the progress of the investigation

We recognise how unsettling this can be, and so we endeavour to stay in contact with the police at regular intervals for any update about the investigation. Any police investigation should be conducted expeditiously. This means the police must not waste time. We can and do check that this is not happening.

If you have been released under investigation or on police bail and require advice, or wish to speak to us about any other aspect of a police investigation, please contact us without delay. This is especially important if you did not have a solicitor at the police station or if you are dissatisfied with the advice you have received so far.

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We realise it can be daunting to challenge a police officer where you do not agree with what they say, but we have extensive experience of dealing with disputed police evidence, and will ensure you have the opportunity to get your side of the story across.

If you were sentenced to a Community Order, or Suspended Sentence by the magistrates or crown court, then failure to comply with the requirements can result in you being summoned to court in breach.

If you are being investigated for behaviour towards you own children, you should contact us. S1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 makes it an offence for someone with responsibility for a child to “wilfully assault, ill-treat, neglect or abandon” that child “in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health”.

Criminal Behaviour Orders were brought into force by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They were introduced to replace Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, and are targeted at persistent criminal offending behaviour

It is an offence under Section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 to damage or destroy property belonging to another, without reasonable excuse. For a person to be guilty of criminal damage they must cause the damage either deliberately or recklessly.

If you are the owner of a dog, or take responsibility for a dog, it is very important to be aware of the law. the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 makes it an offence in itself to possess or breed certain dogs.

When you apply for a job working with vulnerable adults or children, you will be asked to consent to a DBS check. You may be concerned about convictions or cautions that you have to disclose.

The police, Crown Prosecution Service and Courts take a robust stance on domestic violence that has occurred between people who are in a relationship or have been in a relationship.

A Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) can be served in cases where police believe a perpetrator has used or threatened violence towards a victim and the victim is at risk.

Most drug related offences (class A, B and C) are charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. However we can also advise in relation to offences alleged under the more recent Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

The law which governs firearms is complex. We have strong experience in this field, and will be able to advise you about all aspects of ownership and use.

Offences under the Fraud Act (2006) include: Possession or making or supplying of articles for use in fraud, participation by sole trader in fraudulent business, and obtaining services dishonestly.

Harassment, under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, is very broadly defined and can involve a range of conduct. The law states that a person must not pursue a course of conduct which amounts to harassment of another, and which he or she knows or ought to know amounts to harassment of the other (s2).

Offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 are rarely charged because gathering evidence against individuals is often a specialist task for the police. However, the authorities are becoming more concerned about the damage that hacking and unauthorised access to computers with intent impair operation is causing and the risks to national security.

A Local Authority has the power to prosecute a number of different offences. We have expertise in this area, and experience of dealing with a range of these cases.

You may well have heard in the news references to “County lines” drug operations where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often by children or vulnerable people coerced into it by gangs.

Our firm has dealt with a number of these very serious matters over the years and we believe that our lawyers have the judgement and expertise to achieve the best outcome for our clients.

Possession of a blade or pointed article or offensive weapon is a serious offence, which in most cases carries the risk of imprisonment.

These offences against the administration of justice are viewed as serious by the Courts and it is vital that you have access to our advice on these matters.

Where an individual has been convicted of an offence and is before the Crown Court, the Prosecution may apply for a ‘Confiscation Order’ under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2006 (POCA 2006), where it is said that they have benefited from criminal conduct.

Offences alleged under the Public Order Act 1986 are common and very wide- ranging in seriousness.

Allegations of sexual misconduct are naturally very serious, and while under investigation can seriously impact upon the lives of those accused and their families. We have strong experience in this field, and we appreciate the emotional distress caused to those accused of such crimes.

Removal from the Sex Offenders Register is possible, even in cases where the notification period is said to be indefinite. There are now more applications to be removed from the Register than before because of a change in police policy. Call us free to discuss.

The Court has a power to order a restraining order on conviction for any offence, or even in the event of an acquittal. Restraining Orders can have devastating effects on families, and especially those with children.

This area of law can be particularly complex, and result in serious consequences for drivers. We are able to provide comprehensive advice and representation in relation to all road traffic and motoring offences

The Theft Act 1968 covers these offences and others, for example, shoplifting, theft in breach of trust, theft by finding, going equipped to steal, handling stolen goods, taking a conveyance without consent (including the aggravated offence) or allowing yourself to be carried.

The police may have seized and retained your property: money, mobile phone, laptops, computers. We can assist you in getting your property back, including making an application under the Police Property Act 1897.

Whether you are accused of ‘battery’, ‘common assault’, ‘casing actual bodily harm’, ‘causing or inflicting grievous bodily harm with (s18) or without intent (s20)’ or other more serious offences, we can help establish whether you have a defence.

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