Every individual is entitled to free and independent legal advice at the Police Station, under the government Legal Aid scheme. We are experienced in dealing with all manner of criminal offences from a straightforward shoplifting matter right through to a murder trial. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tim Stirmey is a Duty Solicitor on the local Eastbourne and Hailsham schemes, but our criminal solicitors travel to police stations all over Sussex and further afield.
If you are ever arrested, you have the right to have a named solicitor represent you, or alternatively, you can ask for the local duty solicitor.
In recent years, the police have introduced a new method of investigating a crime, where the accused is asked to attend the police station for a “voluntary interview”. This interview is conducted under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and is therefore, just as serious as an interview following an arrest. You are entitled to have a solicitor to attend “voluntary inteviews” and we would always advise that you do not proceed without one, not least because the service is free of charge.