What we do
At Hills Solicitors we have been defending the people of Maitland and the Hunter Region for over 120 years.
We have a highly experienced Criminal Law team that are here to help you through the whole process with care and understanding.
Facing criminal charges can be a difficult time, not only for you but also your family and loved ones. We will ensure you understand your rights and strive for the best possible outcome for your case.
Criminal Law Services:
- Traffic offences
- Drug offences
- Sex offences
- Fraud (including social security)
- Children’s Court matters
- Confiscation of property
- Trials in the Local, District and Supreme Court
What should you do if you are arrested?
If you have been arrested, you should always politely insist that you have the chance to call a lawyer.
Don’t resist police, even if you do not think your arrest is fair or lawful.
Do not make a statement to police until you have spoken to a lawyer.
Deciding whether or not you should tell police anything in relation to your arrest is an important and complicated decision.
It is generally best to speak with a lawyer before making that decision.
How can a solicitor help if you are arrested?
If you have been arrested you should always try to contact a solicitor before you do anything else. They can help in many ways, including:
- Attending the police station with you (if they think it is in your interests)
- Advising you of your rights and what you should and should not do or say while in custody
- Applying for bail on your behalf
- Representing you in court
- Assisting you in an Appeal if required.
How long can you be detained at the police station after arrest?
If you have been arrested on suspicion of an offence, the police are allowed to detain you for a reasonable time to carry out investigations. For example, to interview you, if you agree to being interviewed.
This period cannot normally be more than six hours (unless an extension is granted by a detention warrant).
Hills Solicitors is conveniently located near Maitland Court House and accepts instructions from other legal firms to act as your agent in all types of proceedings.
Contact us today. Benefit from Our Experience.