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Does she have a Solicitor present with her please?
Ok -she will have been given the option
In reality if she is over 18 you can't do anything
It is all down to her
She can have a Solicitor and ask for one at any time but it is her decison
I dont know the circumstances but of course she may have done it and admit the offence
If it is low value and she has no previous they may offer her a caution.
But sadly there is very little you can do. She is old enough to look after herself and make her own decisions as to whether or not she wants or indeed needs legal advice.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
We have absolutely no detail of the offence at this stage nor do I know where to find a solicitor at this time of night !
The Police have a rota for duty Solicitors
She can have advice at any time, but she may not want to
You wont be entitled to know details of the offence, just where she is sadly
Thanks. I need to find out more ...very uncharacteristic of her.
Yes. She may or may not have done it.
If she did and has been caught, then so be it
But if she did not then she can say why and the Police will question, release and then consider what steps to take next
But they must have thought she had otherwise they would not have arrested.
But there is no point speculating.
At least you know she is safe even if at Police station
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Sorry Alex I'm on mobile phone. Can I get a solicitor to visit her at my request ?
Also how long can they keep her ?
Its her decision.
She can ask for one.
She is not likely to be there for very long
They can keep for up to 24 before deciding whether to charge or release
Does that help?
Thank you. May I come back to this chat or reference at a later time or date ?
Yes. Once you rate the question remains open despite what the site says
Thanks Alex. That's all for now.
Hi Alex. My daughter was finally released at 3 am. She accepted help from duty solicitor and answered 'no comment' to questions put to her. She has been asked to attend at her employers this afternoon. My instinct is to go with her and plead they drop charges and make goodwill payment. She has not pleaded guilty but apparently there is C CTV . Would this be wise or will she incriminate herself ? She has mitigating factors such as recent bereavement, antidepressants and break - up. Not making excuses but she hasn't been herself and this is uncharacteristic of her.
Thank you Alex.
My daughter was charged by the police of theft. To appear in court 30th July. She made no comment at the police station, however she was interviewed at work before police were called, where she made an admission to a store personnel who accosted her without caution and said they had evidence. She has resigned from her job in writing and had it handed in;, but yesterday received an invite from the store to a disciplinary hearing on Friday. Can she be forced to attend, since she's handed in resignation ?