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Facing a criminal charge and the consequences of conviction can be frightening.
By enlisting legal representation straight away, you will substantially improve your chances of a better outcome. If you have been arrested, charged or are aware that you may be soon, we are here to advise and represent you.
On arrest, you may be taken to a police station and held in custody for up to 24 hours. If you are suspected of a serious crime, this period can be extended up to 36 or 96 hours. During this time, you will be questioned to help the police determine whether to charge or release you.
It is your right to ask for legal advice after you have been arrested and before you are questioned. Once you have requested legal advice, the police cannot question you until you have received it, though exceptions can be made depending on the severity of the crime.
Criminal Defence Lawyers advising and representing clients in Essex & East London
However serious the allegation, Hanson Woods Solicitors can provide urgently needed support.
Being released on bail
If you are released on bail, you can go home until your court hearing. You may have to agree to conditions like reporting to a police station at certain times.
Being put on remand
If you are placed on remand, you will be held in prison until your court hearing. You are likely to be put on remand if you have been charged with or previously convicted of a serious crime, or if you have previously broken your bail conditions.
We will work tirelessly to secure justice for you
If you have been accused of a criminal offence, you have a right to legal guidance. From initial questioning in custody to your trial in court, your solicitor will be by your side to represent your interests, protect your rights and ensure you receive a fair trial.
The criminal defence team at Hanson Woods Solicitors can advise on the court process, counsel you on your plea options and gather evidence to support your case, including witness testimony and expert reports. They will listen to your truth and, at trial, they will ensure that your side of the story is heard.