Police Station Consultations/Family Member Arrested and in Police Custody
Many people find themselves on the wrong side of the law and when this happens, your case needs to be handled carefully by expert defence lawyers. McGovern Reid Court Lawyers can represent you, or your loved ones, when in police custody or while being questioned by the police.
Such situations can often be stressful for all involved, both for the individual in custody as well as their family and loved ones. It is important to seek the very best legal advice possible as there are very specific and strict procedures that must be followed by the police when arresting a person, whether that person is being held in custody or is being interviewed.
Police Custody Legal Advice Scotland
Sometimes the procedures are not followed which can result in the person accused being released without charge or the police being challenged. In such circumstances, it is vital to have an experienced solicitor by your side. McGovern Reid Court Lawyers are experts in criminal defence and represent individuals in police station custody all the time. We can ensure that you or your loved one’s interests are protected and their rights are respected.
If the police want to speak to you about an allegation you have a number of rights that you MUST remember:
- If the police take you to the station they are detaining you. You have the right to remain silent. Scots law is different to English law and the only information you need to provide to the police is your name, address, and date and place of birth. For everything else, you can make NO COMMENT.
- You have the right to a consultation with a lawyer by phone or in person at the police station. This is where McGovern Reid Court Lawyers can help. Tell the police that you want to speak to us if you are at the police station and they MUST call us. We will then speak to you by phone or, if necessary, attend at the police station with you.
- The police will then interview you about the allegation. You do not need to say anything.
- The police can detain you for up to 12 hours however, in exceptional circumstances, they can detain you for longer. At the end of the detention period you will either be charged or released without charge depending on whether or not the police have enough evidence to charge you. If you are charged by the police you may be: (1) taken to court the next court day; (2) released on an undertaking to attend at court on a later date or; (3) released with a police report being sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
- If you have not already asked for McGovern Reid Court Lawyers to be contacted, then you should make contact with us as soon as you are released. If you are kept in custody to appear in court, you should ask the police to contact us.
- If you are released with a court date or are reported to the Procurator Fiscal contact us immediately and we will give you the advice that you need.
Contact McGovern Police Station Lawyers - Whenever and wherever you need help
We regularly represent clients in police station custody from Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hamilton, Lanark, Motherwell, Wishaw, and throughout Lanarkshire and Scotland.
In order to contact us if you are in custody, or if a loved one has been detained or questioned by the police, you can call McGovern Reid Court Lawyers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01698 442 796. Remember we are on your side.