Have you been detained or arrested by the police?
If you are detained by the police on suspicion of having committed a crime you can be held in a police station while investigations are carried out for 12 hours. This can be extended to 24 hours in certain circumstances.
You have the legal right to have a lawyer told that you are in the police station and you have the right to have legal advice BEFORE you are questioned.
You also have the right to have a lawyer present during any police interview.
It is very important that you take up these rights as this police questioning is a vital part of the case.
Getting legal advice and having a lawyer with you to fight for you can mean the difference between being charged with a crime or simply being released.
Ask the police to inform Gallen & Co. that you are in their custody.
If you are worried about waiting in the police station legal advice can be given straight away over the telephone at any time of day or night.
If you have been detained for a serious matter or you are worried about what is going to happen at all then make sure you insist that a lawyer is present at the interview. Gallen & Company's extremely experienced solicitors are available 24 hours a day.
Even if you are not detained but simply arrested by the police you still have the right to have your lawyer told about this. Make sure you take up this right as the evidence gathered at this early stage of the police investigation can have a significant impact on your case.