Pre-charge Advice and Representation
If you are being investigated by the police, our specialist criminal defence solicitors can provide expert legal advice and representation. To request a consultation please send us an email, complete our online enquiry form or call us on 020 7183 8950.
If you are not yet in need of legal advice and are seeking more information at this stage, the below guide is intended to assist individuals by providing advice relating to the pre-charge process.
Once the police commence an investigation into any allegation, one of the first steps will be to request that you attend an interview under caution. This will take place at a police station and usually voluntarily. In certain circumstances, you may be arrested.
What happens when you are interviewed?
To find out what could happen in the event that you are asked to attend an interview under caution and your rights and obligations, please read our Guide to police investigations and interviews.
What happens after you attend the interview?
Once the interview is concluded, there is likely to be a delay before there is a decision. The length of that delay is likely to be determined by a number of different factors including the complexity of the investigation, whether analysis of exhibits is required and the involvement of the Crown Prosecution Service. It can often be necessary to liaise with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service before charge to ensure that the investigation is compliant with the Code of Practice under Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996. You should seek advice about this.
Why instruct Brett Wilson LLP?
Our London based team of Criminal defence solicitors is listed in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading firm in the field of criminal defence. Brett Wilson LLP’s criminal defence team is headed up by Nick Brett, who is ranked as a leading individual in both directories. We are frequently instructed by corporates, professionals and high net worth individuals who prioritise the protection of their reputation and require expert help with a police investigation or prosecution.
How do I Instruct Brett Wilson LLP?
You should contact one of our team to discuss your case and arrange a preliminary consultation. At the consultation we will advise you on the investigation, talk through the relevant practical and legal issues, and set out your options. We will review relevant documentation ahead of the consultation. The consultation will help you understand your position and allow you to make an informed decision about what action to take. We will provide you with details of our fee structure.
Consultations take place in our London offices or by Skype/telephone. We can also travel to you.
To request a consultation please send us an email, complete our online enquiry form or call us on 020 7183 8950. If emailing or using the online form, please provide a short outline of your situation.
Details of the cost of a consultation will be provided following your enquiry.
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