Our criminal defence solicitors have been defending individuals facing every possible type of investigation for over 20 years. The team has experience and understanding of the complexities of an investigation, the relevant legal procedures and rules together with vast experience of investigation tactics if you are facing investigation.
Our single aim is to advise clients before they are questioned on both the case being brought against them, their response to it as well as the procedures they are likely to experience. Assistance is offered throughout the interview process itself. This is not simply a time for us to be making notes, but it is our job to pro actively assist any suspect by ensuring the questions put to them are lawful and proper, all appropriate rules are followed by the investigators and the suspect is able to put their defence.
There are many types of investigation and quite a number of public and private bodies that have special powers to undertake them. Investigations can relate to an individual, a professional or a business. They can be in connection with alleged criminal offences or breaches of regulation or professional duties.
The purpose of any investigation is to gather evidence. It is often the case that the investigating authority will have strong suspicions before the individual concerned is questioned. Those strong suspicions may result in the investigators concentrating on gathering evidence against the individual rather than being balanced, fair and open minded. It is therefore one of the most critical parts of any case. Things said or done during the investigation stage into any criminal or regulatory offences cannot be unsaid later and having such comments excluded at any trial can be very difficult.
Our solicitors see many cases that on review of the evidence are very weak and would not be prosecuted other than because of some careless, mistaken or misinterpreted comment made at the investigation stage of the case. It is quite understandable as to why such things can happen. It is a very frightening and stressful experience for most people to face an investigation.