Do not speak to the police without talking to us first.
Most police interviews are carried out during a person’s detention at the Police Station after being arrested on suspicion of committing a crime. However, there has been a huge rise in recent years in the number of ‘voluntary interviews’ (sometimes called a ‘voluntary interview under caution’). This is where the police interview a suspect under caution on a voluntary basis – i.e. the suspect is not arrested and taken into custody.
You will usually receive a knock at the door or a telephone call from a police officer who asks you to come into the police station to “have a chat”. The police may make it seem like there is nothing to worry about but in reality, they will want to conduct a formal recorded interview in exactly the same way as if you were detained in custody. What you do (or don’t) say during the interview could severely damage your position should you be charged. Make sure you have a Legal Representative with you at the Police Station to advise, assist you and to protect and advance your legal rights.
Many people find this initial contact distressing – especially if they have never been in trouble with the police before.
Absolutely not. Just because a matter is dealt with by way of a voluntary interview does not mean that the police are taking the matter lightly. The police now routinely interview suspects voluntarily for serious allegations such as robbery, drugs matters and serious sexual offences. One police force recently conducted a voluntary interview for a suspect in a murder case.
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