As long as you are free, as a suspect, you can contact a criminal defence lawyer yourself. Immediately after your arrest by the police, you are entitled to consult a lawyer. However, often you are no longer able to contact a criminal defence lawyer yourself, once you have been arrested by the police. In such an event, you can indicate to the police by which criminal defence lawyer you wish to be assisted. The police will phone him on your behalf. Should you be unable to provide the particulars of the preferred lawyer, the duty lawyer is assigned to you. This lawyer often has less expertise in criminal proceedings. Nevertheless, at any given moment, you may choose to be represented by another lawyer.
Arrests are often unexpected and suspects are not prepared. Once in confinement, he is no longer able to search a lawyer.
As the relative of a person who has been arrested by the police, you can, of course, always contact one of our criminal defence lawyers. Often this is appreciated by the suspect. Then, we will act as the lawyer of choice and will proceed immediately to visit your loved one at the police station. In principle, this involves no costs and it offers the additional advantage that we will be able to inform you on the situation of your relative. Contrary to many other lawyers, we consider it self-evident that we keep you informed.
As we act as criminal defence lawyers throughout the Netherlands, one phone call is all it takes to start organizing the defence.