Being caught up in a police investigation can be among the most stressful and unpleasant experiences in someone’s life. Anyone who finds themselves in this situation needs to have the right team behind them providing the expertise and support they require.
Hickman & Rose has immense experience in this area. Our lawyers deal with all criminal matters, from drug possession offences to homicide, and are able to provide expert advice to clients caught up in police investigations, whether it be as a suspect, witness or complainant.
Our expert team has the proven ability to make a real difference to an investigation’s process and outcome, no matter what stage it may have reached. Our lawyers provide the reassurance and expertise that anyone in this difficult situation needs.
If you are aware of a potential police investigation it is important to seek immediate legal advice. Contacting a specialist law firm early will give their lawyers the opportunity to speak with the police and potentially avoid an arrest.
In some cases lawyers can make representations that a potential interviewee should be interviewed voluntarily rather than under caution. Achieving this can be a significant strategic benefit to the interviewee. Many arrests are of questionable legality and we have had many significant successes in negotiating with police to avoid the wrongful exercise of their power.
For high profile or professional clients, managing any potential reputational damage from an interview or arrest can be as important as the criminal case itself. Hickman & Rose has significant success in persuading investigating officers to conduct interviews in a discrete location such as at a private office or the client’s home, and not to release information to the media. As a result of tactics such as this, we have helped high profile clients to avoid negative publicity. Several clients investigated during Operation Yewtree have never been publicly connected to the investigation.
If you have already been arrested our lawyers are available 24 hours a day. It is vital that your rights are protected both whilst you are at the police station and during your interview.
Many people incorrectly believe that instructing a lawyer will slow down the process of interview. The truth is quite the opposite. One of our key aims in this situation is to expedite the interview process. Instructing us often means that you are dealt with expeditiously with less time spent waiting in a cell.
An arrest can have wide reaching consequences, from restrictive bail conditions to potential employment or regulatory implications. We are always live to these issues and are able to work with our regulatory and civil teams to provide further expert advice where needed.
The police station interview is the first and possibly the most important aspect of any criminal case. Pursuing the correct strategy at interview can often mean that the matter is dealt with swiftly and without the need for any further action.
In cases where this is not possible, the police station interview is often the cornerstone upon which the police’s entire case is built. A successful initial interview can mean the difference between conviction and acquittal at trial.
Every Hickman & Rose solicitor has years of experience advising at the police station in some of the most difficult cases. Our meticulous preparation for your police station interview will mean that you are in the best possible position when you are questioned under caution.
If you are arrested or if your home or workplace has been searched by policy acting on a warrant, you may have had property seized. It is unfortunately common for the police to keep seized material such as computers and phones long after it is necessary for them to do so. This can have significant negative consequences for people who need such material for work. We regularly take steps to ensure our clients recover seized material as early as possible.
The law in relation to police bail changed in 2017. Individuals whom the police consider they may want to re-interview in the future can now be released from custody under one of two regimes: either on police bail or ‘released under investigation’.
The main difference between the two is that anyone ‘released under investigation’ will not have the bail restrictions that can, depending on their severity, have a significant impact on personal and professional life.
The law change was introduced as there was a concern that suspects were spending far too long (months and sometimes years) on police bail. The new regime means that no longer happens to the same extent, there is now the worry is not that someone remain under the ‘released under investigation’ status for longer than is necessary.
We will have achieved significant success persuading police forces either not to subject clients to any bail conditions; or, if they are deemed necessary, that conditions should be as light as possible. We are also at the forefront of efforts to ensure that clients ‘released under investigation’ have this status rescinded as soon as legally possible.
Hickman & Rose’s expert criminal defence team are able to help at any stage of a police investigation: whether that be when you have been informed the police wish to speak with you, or you have already been interviewed.
Having the best advice and assistance at the earliest possible stage in a case’s evolution is the most efficient and cost effective way to bring the case to an end. The majority of our clients will see their case end at this stage without any publicity or impact on their career.