Our client had been invited into the Police station on a voluntary basis, where he was questioned by the police on suspicion of blackmail. Without realising the significance or seriousness of the allegations, he didn’t take legal advice, he co-operated fully with the police but was then told that he would be taken to court.
Only then realising the seriousness of the case, he contacted Lawtons seeking specialist legal advice.
The case was sent to Aylesbury Crown Court, at which time we were able to establish that the case had been wrongly charged by the Police. The Crown Prosecution Service were persuaded to accept that a less serious offence was more appropriate, and our client avoided what would have otherwise have been an immediate prison sentence.
This case really does show the dangers of clients not being represented when they attend the police station on a voluntary basis for questioning. We would always advise that in such circumstances, early assistance from a specialist firm is obtained, so contact us today.