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Arrest and prosecution

Whether you’ve been accused of a driving offence, or an allegation of a more serious or complex nature, QualitySolicitors Lawrence Hamblin can help. Our team of solicitors, based in Reading, Henley and Gerrards Cross, will ensure you are properly represented and treated lawfully.

You’ll need legal support at all stages of the process. This includes when attending interviews, answering questions or providing authorities with evidence or information.

If the situation progresses to a formal charge and possible sanctions, legal advice becomes even more vital. Our specialist lawyers will advise and represent you every step of the way, including at the police station, magistrates’ court or crown court.

Lawrence Hamblin has successfully handled a range of cases and is proud to hold the expertise to provide you with the best defence possible, using jargon-free language to ensure you understand what is happening and the potential consequences.

For help and advice on your motoring or criminal offence, call us on 0808 2749 822. If your query is urgent and out of hours, call us on 07508 081281.

The Arrest and Prosecution process

A criminal conviction can have devastating effects on your life, home and family, which is why you need to feel properly supported throughout the whole of the arrest and prosecution process.

Below is an outline of the detention, arrest and prosecution procedure and what you should expect throughout.

Detained by police+

If you are detained by police on suspicion of committing a criminal offence, you can be held at the station for up to 24 hours whilst investigations are carried out. In some instances, this can be extended to 36 hours.

During this time, you have the legal right to inform a lawyer that you have been detained, as well as the right to legal advice before being questioned. You may also request a lawyer be present during any interviews with the police.

Police questioning is a vital part of the case, so it’s important that you exercise these rights. Seeking a lawyer and legal advice can often mean the difference between being charged, cautioned or no further action.

If you have been charged, you should seek legal help immediately so a lawyer can provide expert advice on the charges and what will happen next.

If police report you for the offence, you may receive a summons giving you a date to attend court. If this happens, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

QualitySolicitors Lawrence Hamblin is available 24 hours a day and has locally based lawyers who can reach you quickly.

You can call us on 0808 2749 822 for immediate help with your case. For urgent or out of hours queries, call 07508 081281.

Representation in court+

Our team of specialist criminal court lawyers can represent you in any court in the country.

We work with experienced barristers and our lawyers have vast knowledge and experience in a range of criminal cases of varying severity, including:

  • Murder
  • Rape and sexual offences
  • Supply of controlled drugs and other drugs charges
  • Firearms
  • Public Order Offences
  • Assault
  • Robbery, burglary and theft
  • Internet crimes
  • Fraud
  • Road traffic offences
  • Proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act

We will investigate the case made against you and take statements from defence witnesses, arranging for them to attend court to give evidence. If appropriate, we may obtain medical evidence or a scientific opinion to support your case.

For more information on how we can represent you in court, call us now on 01753 907999.

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Sherril Jessop
Legal Representative - Criminal Defence
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Stacey McAdam
Solicitor - Criminal Defence
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