Garda Station Attendance
We provide a 24-hour 7 day per week service for Garda Station Attendances at the following Garda Stations:
- Dun Laoghaire
- Pearse Street
- Store Street
What you should do –
When detained at a Garda Station, you should immediately advise Gardai to contact this office on 042 932 8053 on our out of hours mobile which we have made available to the above stations.
Arrest or Voluntary Attendance –
You may be contacted by Gardai and asked to voluntarily attend a Garda Station for interview. Alternatively, you may be arrested and detained at a Garda Station. In both scenarios, you are entitled, by law, to consult your Solicitor during your period of detention and to have your Solicitor present during interview.
Importance of legal advice –
It is important to remember that a Garda interview often occurs at an advanced stage in the investigation. Gardai will often have obtained a substantial body of evidence that they wish to put to you during the interview. We have often received instructions from clients who waived their right to legal representation during interview and were subsequently charged with an offence, only to find that the admissions made during interview were in and of themselves, sufficient for Gardai to secure a conviction. A Garda interview, even for relatively minor matters, should never be undertaken in the absence of prior legal advice.
- Upon our arrival at the Garda Station, we will speak to the investigating Garda in order to obtain details of the alleged offence and a summary of the evidence they have obtained against you.
- We will then hold a consultation with you, in private and advise you accordingly.
- After consultation, we will attend the interview with you to ensure compliance with An Garda Siochana’s Code of Practice 2015 and to advise you accordingly as the interview progresses.
Legal Aid –
The Garda Station Legal Advice Revised Scheme (“GLAS”) is the Statutory scheme which provides legal aid for persons detained in Garda Custody. The test for eligibility is a financial one. If you are unemployed or if your earnings are below €20,316 per annum, you will be entitled to assistance from the GLAS scheme. In order to apply, you simply complete a form with your Solicitor during your detention at the Garda Station. You do not need to apply to the scheme in advance of your detention.