Criminal defence at the investigative stage has attracted growing attention due to the shifting focus of the criminal process
onto pre-trial stages, and the recent European regulations adopted in this area. Increasingly, justice practitioners and legislators
across the EU have begun to realise that 'the trial takes place at the police station'. This book provides a comprehensive
legal, empirical and contextual analysis of criminal defence at the investigative stage from a comparative perspective. It
is a socio-legal study of criminal defence practice, which draws upon original empirical material from England and Wales and
the Netherlands. Based on extensive interviews with lawyers, and extended periods of observation, the book contrasts the encountered
reality of criminal defence with the model role of a lawyer at the investigative stage derived from European norms. It places
the practice of criminal defence within the broader context of procedural traditions, contemporary criminal justice policies
and lawyers' occupational cultures. Criminal Defence at Police Stations questions the determinative role of procedural traditions
in shaping criminal defence practice at the investigative stage.
The book will be of interest for criminal
law and justice practitioners, as well as for academics focusing on criminal justice, criminology, socio-legal studies, legal
psychology and human rights.