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Mortons Solicitors often receive phone calls from anxious clients worried that the police want to speak to them as a suspect for a criminal offence.
Examples include:
- A photograph in local paper or police force most wanted page eg (GMP / Cheshire)
- A note pushed through letterbox whilst you were out or at work
- Information on the grapevine that police been to an old address looking for you.
- Police search warrant executed at your address

If you know or suspect that you the police wish to speak to you it is always important to seek legal representation at the earliest opportunity.

If you have the Officers name & collar number, then Mortons Solicitors can try to contact the Officer in the Case on your behalf to try to arrange for your to surrender for either a volunteer interview under caution, or for you to be arrested then interviewed. Code G of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 updated Codes of Practice requires the police to consider whether the suspects voluntary attendance is a practicable alternative for carrying out the interview. If it is, then arrest may not be necessary. This is often preferable for the interview at a more convenient time, perhaps around your work, rather than the police eventually arresting you at home or work in front of family members and neighbours. Some cases may still necessitate arrest where the police wish to impose bail conditions.

If you are arrested you will be searched, your fingerprints, DNA and photograph taken before being placed in a police cell perhaps for many hours.

Mortons Solicitors can represent you FREE whilst at the police station, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call our Solicitors on 0161 477 1121

If you attend for a volunteer interview, we can attend the police station with you. With a volunteer interview you are free to leave at any time and you will not be placed in a police cell.

If you are arrested the police may not be ready to interview immediately, but we attend promptly when told they are ready. In both cases we would seek to get some disclosure from the police about the allegation you face and then we would have a private consultation to discuss the allegation, and if you have never been interviewed by the police before, we will explain your rights and the procedures and processes for a police station interview.

If you happen to be arrested in the meantime, when you are brought to the custody office, ask for Mortons Solicitors to represent you FREE of charge. We will be notified of your arrest by the call centre and we will make enquiries to try to chase the police about when they will be ready.

Urgent Vacancy with potential for immediate start.
 
We are a busy firm of specialist criminal defence lawyers seeking to recruit an audio/legal typist. The role will involve mostly audio typing letters and other documents, receiving a channelling telephone calls and taking messages. We also require the candidate to deal with straightforward enquiries - this can involve covering reception when the main receptionist is elsewhere. We would also require the candidate to input data, maintain the diary open and dispatch post and occasionally dead filing. 

A successful candidate would be smartly presented, having professional communication skills including a personable but confidential manner. You should be able to treat everyone with respect and tact. Experience of audio typing would be essential. Basic computer literacy is a must.  Salary £14,000 - £17,000 dependent upon experience.
 
Apply FAO Lisa Morton either in writing or by email admin@mortons-solicitors.co.uk (Job Reference: LJM16) enclosing a copy C.V

Merry Xmas to all, but before we all celebrate the New Year, that may turn out to be an unhappy one for some, we have a new offence of Domestic Abuse under Section 76 of Serious Crime Act 2015 - Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship which comes into force from 29th December 2015.

We already have a wealth of criminal offences for domestic abuse including assaults, threats to kill, harrassment, stalking etc which are often provable offences by way of evidence that can be tested in a court of law (eg photographs and medical records of injuries, mobile phone or social media messages etc).

Undoubtably as lawyers the peruse the statutory guidance for the new offence we can immediately foresee the floodgates of allegations.  The weaknesses and imprecise nature of this offence mean that the police will be saddled and the Courts clogged with a very many of these allegations.

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From 24th December 2015 the Criminal Court Charge no longer applies which will be welcome relief to defendants appearing before the Criminal Courts in England and Wales.  Under the previous Lord Chancellor the CCC was introduced in April 2015 requiring convicted criminals in England and Wales have had to pay a charge of between £150 and £1,200 towards the cost of their case.

The main problem however was that it was forcing people to consider whether they could afford to run a trial for financial reasons, even where they had a potential legal or factual defence to the allegation.  Lawyers and Magistrates have been raising concerns even before its introduction.

Unfortunately however people convicted and sentenced prior to 24th December 2015 will still owe the CCC.  Those who paid it won't have it reimbursed, and worse of all those people who pleaded to an offence under the financial duress of the potential CCC won't have their convictions re-visited.

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