HAL Solicitors are experts in criminal law and have years of experience in representing clients at the police station, in magistrates' courts and in the Crown Court. We understand the anxiety and stress caused when you are accused of committing a crime and the impact it can have on your life. Our highly experienced criminal defence team will ensure that you have the quality representation and advice you need and deserve.
Our team are available to attend police stations across London 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are able to represent you at a time when you may be at your most vulnerable, making sure your legal rights are protected and upheld, providing you with advice and assistance throughout the time you are detained. Police station advice is available free of charge and so you should always ask for a solicitor at the police station. It will not mean you are at the police station any longer and may mean you avoid being charged altogether.
If you believe you are wanted by the police and may be arrested, get in touch with us so that we can try and arrange for a voluntary interview to take place, which would avoid the need for you to be arrested. If somebody you know has been arrested, and you would like us to represent them, please call us on 0800 050 9837.
Occasionally, agencies other than the police interview those suspected of criminal offences under caution. This includes the Department for Work and Pensions interviewing those suspected of over-claiming benefits and benefit fraud, the Serious Fraud Office interviewing those suspect of serious frauds and others. These interviews are often quite different to those that take place at a police station and you require a specialist solicitor to represent you. To discuss your options, please contact us on 0800 050 9837.
Whether you are charged or summonsed to attend at court we can provide the knowledge, advice and representation throughout the proceedings to reach the best possible outcome to your case. Our team includes a number of higher-rights advocates who regularly appear before the Crown Court. We also have contacts with numerous specialist barristers who can assist in the most serious or complex of cases.
If you are currently unemployed, on benefits, have a low income, or if you matter is in the Crown Court, you may be eligible for Legal Aid. We are able to apply for Legal Aid on your behalf, which would mean some or all of your legal fees are paid for by the Legal Aid Agency. Please ensure you have your National Insurance Number, details of any benefits you receive and/or any income you receive to hand.
If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, you may wish to instruct us on a private basis. Our private rates are very competitive and we are usually able to offer an agreed fee (i.e. a single fee you pay for our services, rather than being charged by the hour).
If you would like any further information about the above, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 050 9837.