Need a bit of help after being arrested? A brief list of FAQ on UK criminal law by ABV Solicitors
08 April 2020
In the UK, it goes without saying that the law can sometimes be a bit puzzling. Indeed, loopholes and other grey areas of the legal system are highlighted nearly daily in the media, meaning that whenever a person becomes entangled in any area of it, they can feel as though they are a mouse in a maze that is blindfolded.
However, if you or a member of your family have recently been accused of a criminal act, try to stay calm. The first thing you need to do is seek legal advice, regardless of whether you are guilty or not, and let the solicitor handle the more technical aspects.
At ABV Solicitors, our team knows how complicated criminal law can be, and so we aim to reduce your stress and confusion by offering you jargon-free legal advice. Our criminal solicitor firm is the best in the UK, so whether you need help with some technical terminology used by a police officer or you require legal representation in a courtroom, contact us right away!
But what are some of the most common questions that our criminal solicitor answers about criminal law? Here, we answer your top five FAQs in straightforward language. Read on!
I’ve been arrested; what do I do?
Firstly, try to contact our criminal solicitor at ABV Solicitors as soon as possible. Do not ask any of the officers about the alleged offence; as tempting as it is, do not resist the arrest either, as this will not work in your favour in the long-term. Be as co-operative as you can but remember, you don’t have to answer any questions until one of our team is present.
Do I have to pay for you to come to the police station?
No, you don’t. Regardless of social status, everyone in the UK is entitled to free representation. At ABV Solicitors, we are happy to work with legal aid, so any charge associated with our team is likely to be written off, with no cost to you!
I have just been charged; what happens now?
If you haven’t already done so, contact our team as soon as you can to inform us of the court date and the charge. This will allow our team to prepare your case and we will begin investigating the background of the alleged offence in advance.
Can I get bail?
This will depend on many factors. Ultimately, it is up to the decision of the custody sergeant.
Things that will impact on the likeliness of you getting bail include the seriousness of the case, your record in the legal system and the likelihood of you committing any further offences.
If you have been charged with the offence of murder, innocent or not, in the UK the police are not allowed to release you on bail.
How long can I be held at the police station for?
You can be initially held for 24 hours. Any longer will require permission from the magistrates’ court or police superintendent.