A friend or loved one has just been arrested

If a friend or loved one has been arrested, top legal advice from Vardags can transform their situation. As top criminal lawyers for high net worth and high income individuals, we can help them protect their liberty, reputation and career.

Our specialist criminal representation for entrepreneurs, professionals, sports stars, and celebrities is available around the clock. Whether they have been accused of fraud, sexual or drug offences, domestic violence, or a driving offence, we understand the impact it can have on their, and your, personal and professional life.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I’m worried that the arrest and/or subsequent detention was unlawful

The circumstances in which a police officer may make a lawful arrest are clearly defined in statute, and in all such circumstances the power to arrest only becomes exercisable where the arresting officer has reasonable grounds for believing the arrest is necessary.

Once a person is arrested they will be taken to a police station where a custody officer will be responsible for their ongoing detention. The custody officer’s first duty is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to charge that individual. In determining this he or she must consider the lawfulness of the arrest.

If the custody officer considers there is insufficient evidence to charge, they must release the detained person unless they consider there are reasonable grounds to believe detention without charge is necessary either in order to secure or preserve evidence relating to an offence for which they are under arrest or in order to obtain evidence by questioning.

The custody officer must make available any documents or material necessary to challenge the lawfulness of a person’s arrest and detention. At Vardags we are proactive in ensuring that the decision to arrest and detain is thoroughly scrutinised and robustly challenged where necessary.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I’m worried about someone’s treatment at the police station

When someone is arrested and detained at a police station they each have a designated custody officer whose primary responsibility is the welfare of that person during their time in custody.

The maximum time someone can be held in custody pre-charge is 24 hours. The custody sergeant is responsible for ensuring the detention remains lawful throughout that period. They are also responsible for ensuring any action taken during the detention period is in accordance with legislation and the codes of practice, including any searches conducted by investigating officers, interviews, and other steps considered necessary to further the investigation.

In order to ensure the health and well being of the detained person, they will conduct a full risk assessment at the outset of the detention period and ensure medical attention is sought where necessary.

The custody sergeant will read out to the detained person their rights when they first enter custody including their right to free and independent legal advice and their right to have someone informed of their arrest. Where the detainee is a juvenile, the custody sergeant will immediately inform an appropriate adult, which will usually be the parent and request their attendance at the police station. The custody sergeant will treat anyone who appears under the age of 18 as a juvenile for such purposes.

The custody sergeant will be responsible for maintaining a custody record in which they will record every action taken during the detention. A solicitor must be permitted to inspect the whole of the detainee’s record as soon as is practicable after their arrival at the police station.

When a legal expert from Vardags attends a police station, our priority upon entering the custody suite will be to scrutinise the custody record and check that all measures to ensure the wellbeing of our client in custody have been actively pursued.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I’m worried I will not have a chance to speak with the detained person

At the outset of a person’s detention the detained person is advised of their rights during detention, which include the right to inform someone of their arrest and their right to free and independent legal advice. A detained person is also entitled to speak with someone for a reasonable period of time over the telephone.

Where a person appears under the age of 18 they will be considered a juvenile. The custody sergeant will ensure that an appropriate adult –  usually a parent – is  informed of the detention and will ask them to attend the police station and accompany their child during the detention period.

Where the detainee exercises their right to legal advice, they must be permitted to consult with a solicitor as soon as practicable.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

Qualifying Individuals

Vardags specialise in cases involving high net worth individuals, their families and their companies.  Free consultations are offered for clients with net assets in excess of £2million or involved in other high value disputes.
24 Hour Emergency Legal Representation Call Vardags London: 020 7205 5792
If you need a lawyer immediately because a person has been taken into custody or involved in an incident, Vardags can provide emergency legal cover at any time. We offer a swift response in person, anywhere in London or within the M25. Outside that area we may still be able to help. Call our confidential 24 hour enquiry line for immediate help.If you have been arrested or you are the subject of a dawn raid we strongly recommend you have a lawyer present in order to advise you on your options in dealing with police and other investigating bodies and to ensure your rights are protected. Note that we normally charge £350 per hour including travel time and our fees in connection with emergency legal services will usually be a minimum of £2,000 + VAT.
*All enquiries are completely confidential. We do not handle Legal Aid cases. Our lawyers do not undertake criminal work on a no win, no fee basis.
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*Free consultation for qualifying individuals. We do not undertake legal aid work but there are often other ways to fund your case. We do not act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis in civil disputes.

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