Everybody, regardless of their financial situation, has the right to free and independent legal advice at the Police Station. This is the case whether you have been arrested or if you are attending voluntarily for a Police interview.
The initial stages following an arrest can be the most critical part in the criminal process. It is absolutely essential that you obtain professional advice if you ever find yourself in a Police Station suspected of a criminal offence. What you say or agree to at this point may dictate future events, including whether or not a prosecution is brought.
At Purcell Parker we have a team of highly qualified and experienced solicitors and accredited Police Station representatives on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide expert advice and assistance to our clients at the Police Station.
On arriving at the Police Station you must be told of your right to free and independent legal advice. You should tell the Police that you want to speak to Purcell Parker. We will make sure that someone attends swiftly to avoid you being detained for any longer than is necessary.
Remember that by having a top criminal lawyer like Purcell Parker gives you a major advantage in the Police Station and could ultimately have a huge effect on the eventual outcome.
As a specialist criminal firm, Purcell Parker Solicitors have an abundance of knowledge and experience, dealing with matters in Court every day. We are located directly opposite Birmingham Magistrates Court and as such, one of our experienced team of criminal solicitors can always be available at Court even at short notice if necessary. However, not only do we cover Birmingham Magistrates Court but our practice extends to covering other Courts across the West Midlands and on occasions further afield which is testament to our reputation for providing first class legal advice and representation to our clients.
We cover a full range of matters dealt with in the Magistrates Court such as road traffic offences, assault, theft, public order offences, sexual offences, drug offences and breaches of Court orders. Our solicitors are dedicated to securing the best possible outcome for our clients whether conducting trials, fighting for the lowest sentence available or securing bail.
We also have an excellent reputation for dealing with young defendants in the Youth Court. We have specialist solicitors available to provide advice to young people and to explain the law and procedure in simple and clear terms.
Our Crown Court Department is headed by Mr Spencer Stephens, a director in the firm. He is supported by 4 experienced Crown Court Clerks who are skilled in dealing with the most serious criminal matters which are dealt with at the Crown Court. They will ensure that you are kept up to date throughout and that your case is fully prepared for your trial or sentencing date. The firm also boasts 2 extremely accomplished and highly regarded barristers who work ‘in house’ on a full time basis. This arrangement ensures effective communication between all those involved in dealing with your case at all times.
The department also deals with ancillary issues which can often arise from proceedings in the Crown Court such as proceeds of crime applications, restrictive orders and appeals to the Court of Appeal.
We approach each case on an individual basis and our team will ensure that you are represented by one of the firm’s in house barristers or Higher Court Solicitor Advocates or when appropriate, outside Counsel. Our offices are located just a minutes’ walk from the Crown Court in Birmingham, as a result of which we are able to deal with matters at short notice if necessary. In addition we regularly cover Crown Courts further afield.
Where clients are eligible, proceedings will be covered by legal aid. For those matters where legal aid is not available, a competitive, fixed fee quote will be provided for your consideration.
Our dedicated team of prison law solicitors have been involved in a number of high profile cases and have pursued actions all the way to the High Court to secure justice for their clients.
The team are recognised as specialists in this area with excellent connections to barrister’s chambers should your case require. They offer specialist advice, support and expertise for the most vulnerable; those in custody. They do so with sensitivity and efficiency being fully aware of the anxiety that comes with being in custody.
The team are able to offer legal aid for those cases that are eligible. If your case is not eligible a competitive fixed fee quote will be given for your consideration.
Areas of specialism
- Home Detention Curfew (Tag)
- Sentence planning and advice
- Pre-tariff life sentence reviews
- Parole Board representation
- Parole Board compensation claims
Road Traffic Law
For many law abiding people, the only time they may become involved with the Police or the Court is when they are alleged to have committed a road traffic offence. We have an experienced team of solicitors who are able to deal with a whole range of alleged motoring offences. This would include, driving without due care and attention, no insurance and speeding offences and more serious allegations of drink-driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop/report following an accident. Our advocates are also experienced in cases involving special reasons, exceptional hardship and the early removal of driving disqualifications. We can also assist you in connection with offences involving your vehicle such as defective tyres or brakes.
We understand that a person’s driving licence is often an important part of their daily lives. We appreciate that when faced with the possibility of losing their licence, clients expect a first class service. Our solicitors are committed to explore every avenue from which to fight your corner and help you to achieve the best possible outcome.
The team are able to offer legal aid for those cases that are eligible. In relation to road traffic this will often be for only the most serious types of cases. If your case is not eligible, a competitive fixed fee quote will be provided for your consideration.
Fraud / Business Law
We have experienced staff who are well equipped to deal with all kinds of fraud and business crime whatever the complexity of the alleged fraud, the value or the scale of the prosecution.
We have previously conducted cases from large scale tax evasion and money laundering arising from payroll schemes and “boiler house” fraud to smaller scale cases involving the sale of mobility items and a husband and wife exploiting her position in a property management company. We have represented accountants and a range of professionals who have been unfortunate enough to find themselves before the court.
We have also advised another client accused of defrauding her employer whose defence involved accusing her employer of fraud and required us to locate and interview other former employees as witnesses.
We have also represented clients alleged to have been involved in a substantial timeshare fraud and an extremely complex case relating to the ordering and returning of goods on the internet which involves hacking in to delivery company computer systems.
We have links with specialist fraud and money laundering barristers and forensic accountants, and can provide a complete service from the beginning of an investigation until the conclusion of any confiscation proceedings including enforcement.
We recognise how difficult it is to face any kind of allegation of dishonesty and treat all clients and cases with the same care and diligence.
We will apply for Legal Aid where it is available and advise on the most cost effective approach to funding your defence.
Your right to free and independent legal advice still applies if you attend for a voluntary police station interview. Please contact us to discuss requests by the police. We can make the arrangements for you by liaising with the police.