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The usual course for any investigation will at some point lead to the arrest of one or more persons. Depending on the offence being investigated, the police will either come to the property of the suspect, attend the scene or at another location and make the arrest or contact the suspect and ask that they attend the police station voluntarily.

If you are asked to attend the police station do NOT fall into the trap of assuming that you will not be arrested. In most cases you will be arrested after which your fingerprints, DNA and photo will be taken.

At McKenzies we have found that more often than not, the arrest of an individual, who has attended voluntarily, is unnecessary and sometimes a breach of the codes of practice. The consequences of being arrested are that the police can now keep on record your fingerprints, DNA and photo, even if you are never charged with an offence. Your details will then be cross referenced with the police database to see if other offences can be linked to you.

If you are arrested or attend a police station voluntarily then you are entitled to have free and independent legal representation. This is probably one of the most important rights that you have when at the police station.
McKenzies specialise in Criminal Defence Law and can represent you at the police station free of charge.

Why Should I Have Representation?

If you are charged with an offence then whatever was said or done at the police station becomes a crucial element of the case. Often we have found that when clients have chosen to be unrepresented at the police station and were then subsequently charged with a criminal offence their case is already at a disadvantage because what they have either said or not said when interviewed by the police.

False Assumptions

One of the most frustrating excuses we hear from clients after being charged is that they did not ask for a solicitor upon arrest or have a solicitor present when attending the police station because they did not want it to appear that they had done something wrong. This is simply not the case. First of all, the solicitor is there to protect your rights and to advise and assist you. Secondly, whether or not you should be answering questions depends on the accuracy and admissibility of the evidence, which the police will seek to rely upon during the course of the interview. It can never be the case that a person is simply charged with an offence because they either attended the police station with a solicitor or that they asked for a solicitor when at the police station.

Putting it another way would be to say that the only reason we have buildings and content insurance on our homes is because we expect that our property will be destroyed in a fire. This is not the case. We have insurance in place so that if the worse ever happened then we would have a safety net to fall back on. Having a solicitor at the police station gives you insurance from preventing unlawful treatment, inappropriate questioning and expert guidance through the process of the police investigation. What’s more is that McKenzies will provide you with this expert service FREE of charge.

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