What does a solicitor do at a police station?
The police station duty solicitor scheme enables a person who is arrested on suspicion of a criminal offence to consult with a solicitor, either in person or on the telephone (and frequently both) whilst in police custody.
How do I get a duty solicitor in court?
UPDATE: If you need legal help call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 or contact your local Legal Aid office. We have lawyers at all local courts and at many other courts and tribunals across NSW. These ‘duty lawyers’ help people who have a matter at court that day who do not have their own lawyer.
Should I take a solicitor to a police interview?
Having a solicitor can provide protection to a suspect who is charged and where there is a dispute later on at court as to events which occurred during the police interview.
Is a duty solicitor free?
Any person who is charged with an offence for which you can receive a prison sentence for is entitled to a duty solicitor free of charge at court for the first court hearing. The duty solicitor is from a panel of local solicitors who take turns to be on rota for the day.
How long can police hold you?
The police can hold you for up to 24 hours before they have to charge you with a crime or release you. They can apply to hold you for up to 36 or 96 hours if you’re suspected of a serious crime, eg murder.
Should I get a lawyer before talking to police?
You should never talk to the police without first consulting an attorney. Police officers are trained to obtain confessions, admissions and inconsistencies. If you are innocent, they will use inconsistencies in your statements as evidence of guilt.
Do I need a solicitor if I plead guilty?
If you are thinking about pleading guilty to an offence, you may wish to seek the advice of a solicitor first. A solicitor may also help you to put across your side of the story, which could also have an impact on the likely punishment that the court gives you. …
What can a duty solicitor do?
A Duty Solicitor is a Criminal Defence Solicitor who helps offenders if they are suspected or accused of committing a crime. … When the police allege an offender has committed a crime, it is the Duty Solicitor who represents the alleged to ensure their legal rights are protected.
Do I need a solicitor to represent me in court?
They do not need to be legally trained or a qualified lawyer. They could be someone who has a legal background, such as a solicitor’s agent. If you do not attend court yourself, you can also be represented at a Small Claim by a barrister, a solicitor, a legal executive, or a solicitor’s agent.
How much is a solicitor per hour?
Hourly rates for a solicitorSolicitor experience levelUK average per hourLondon average per hourJunior£111£1304+ years£180£2358+ years£210£300
What happens if you say no comment in a police interview?
But it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. ‘ Today, courts can use silence (or no comment answers) as an inference of guilt.
Who can attend a police interview?
This can be a lawyer or another adult. If you are 14 or older, you can choose who you want to call. If you are under 14, the Police will ask your parents or guardian to attend, unless your parents agree that someone else can take the role.
How much is a solicitor for court?
In NSW, solicitors typically charge from around $300 an hour and their daily court rate can be upwards of $3,000. It’s easier for them to offer set rates for straightforward matters like speeding fines and driving charges. The daily court fee for a junior barrister to work with a solicitor can start at $5,000.
Can I be charged without being interviewed?
What it comes down to is evidence, if you have been caught during the commission of a crime then you can be arrested on the spot, charged at the police station and interviewed under caution. If they have only a suspicion and no evidence then they can interview you voluntarily or under caution, then charge you.