I’ve heard that the police are investigating me
If you are facing a criminal investigation, expert legal advice from Vardags can transform your situation. As top criminal lawyers for high net worth and high income individuals, we can help you protect your liberty, your reputation, and your career. We often work closely with our Reputation & Privacy department, our Employment department, and our Family department to provide complete legal support in every aspect of life that might be affected by a criminal investigation.
Our specialist criminal lawyers are available to advise and represent our clients—often entrepreneurs, professionals, sports stars, and celebrities—around the clock. We understand the impact on yourself, your family and your career that a criminal investigation can have, whether it be for fraud, sexual or drug crimes, or anything else.
Good representation can prevent you from being arrested or charged, whilst having the very best criminal defence lawyer will be vital if your matter does proceed to trial.
Our team will help you to minimise the impact criminal charges have on your life and your career.
On hearing that you may be the subject of a police investigation, it is natural to want to find out as much information as you can. There may be a temptation to speak directly with the police to clear your name or clear any misunderstanding you feel has arisen.
We strongly advise however that you do not attempt to speak to either the police or anyone else you think might be involved in the investigation before seeking legal advice.
Any communication with the police especially at the outset of an investigation should be approached in a delicate and sensitive way. This is because firstly there is a risk that anything you say may be recorded and potentially used in evidence.
Furthermore, given that the police are not duty bound to investigate every allegation which comes their way, it is best not to start prodding the police for information when they might not have commenced an investigation against you in any event.
We are able to judge how best to approach the police having had years of experience in engaging with investigating authorities. We will discuss with you the pros and cons of contacting the police in any given situation. We will pursue any enquiries in a tactful manner and where it is clear that investigations have commenced, we will do our best to ensure that where possible any action taken by the police is done with the minimum disruption to your personal and professional life.
Once an investigation commences, the police are obliged to pursue all lines of enquiry whether they point towards guilt or towards the innocence of the person under investigation. The nature of the investigation and the particular lines of enquiry pursued will of course depend on the type of matter being investigated. Investigating officers do enjoy far reaching powers to assist them in their investigation. However there are extensive checks and measures on these powers, which serve to safeguard the rights of the accused individual.
The main powers available to the police are set out in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. There is a code of conduct published in pursuance of the act, which further regulates the actions of the police. At Vardags our legal experts will critically examine the conduct of investigating officers and will be quick to make robust representations against any conduct we consider unlawful either because it is outside the officers powers or because it becomes oppressive and disproportionate to the crime under investigation.