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If you or a friend or family member have been arrested and detained in police custody it is your legal right to receive free legal advice from a specialist criminal solicitor offering legal aid.

Many criminal solicitors are available around the clock and will attend the police station to advise you.

A criminal defence solicitor will have a detailed understanding of how the law works and will be able to assist you in constructing and preparing as robust a defence as possible.

Criminal defence lawyers assist with all criminal matters ranging from minor motoring offences to more serious crimes.

The Law Society and the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme

The Law Society operates a number of accreditation schemes. Criminal work is covered by the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme which ensures that member solicitors have achieved and maintain the highest level of knowledge of skills and experience in the criminal field.

You can refer to an up to date list of members here:

How can the Good Solicitor Guide help you find the right criminal defence lawyer?

Choosing the right solicitor to help you during what is undoubtedly a stressful and worrying period can be difficult. You will want to satisfy yourself that your solicitor has sufficient experience and knowledge to help you.

The Good Solicitor Guide lists thousands of criminal defence lawyers across England and Wales along with their contact details and feedback and reviews from previous clients.

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