Dawn Raids and Seizure
If you’ve been affected by a dawn raid or a seizure, you will need to seek legal advice straightaway. Beyond the reasons for the raid taking place, the experience of police force breaking into your home unannounced can cause shock and distress.
Raids can also happen unnecessarily – as a result of a mistake or a mix-up. That’s why we advise that you obtain legal assistance as soon as possible.
What can happen in a dawn raid?
Dawn raids are normally carried out around 6am and 7am, as a way of catching a suspect unawares.
These raids are authorised by a court order when there is substantial reason to believe that there is evidence to support a case – in the form of documents, computers, files and other material.
Often, dawn raids take place where the family of the suspect are sleeping, and can be a terrifying and traumatic experience.
There may also be extensive damage to the property – particularly to doors, windows and furniture.
Dawn raids are all carefully planned, but the suspect will know nothing about it until it happens. This element of surprise is to make sure the individual is completely unprepared, and minimises the chances of evidence being hidden.
What problems can occur in a dawn raid?
A raid can cause damage to property, and repairs will not be covered by the police. On top of this, documents not relevant to the investigation, but crucial to the work or education of the other inhabitants, could be seized.
Police are also authorised to use Tasers and be accompanied by police dogs – both of which can lead to injuries occurring.
How DPP Business & Tax can help.
Legal advice must be sought as soon as a raid takes place. In some civil cases, you may be sent notification that a search order has been applied for – which gives you the opportunity to stop the search from happening.
If you are arrested in the aftermath of a raid, our criminal lawyers are available to attend the police station as quickly as possible and be present at any interviews and provide advice.
Our team of expert business & tax solicitors specialise in all areas of criminal law and can help with all aspects of dawn raids, seizures and subsequent arrests.
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