A police interview can be a stressful and frightening experience. It helps to have an expert solicitor at your side to represent you. A solicitor will: explain procedures; make sure that police are following the rules; and advise you if you should answer questions.
If the police want to interview you, I can help by advising you before the interview and attending the police station with you.
Interviews Under Caution
When a police officer suspects you of committing a criminal offence they have to give you the police caution:
You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you fail to mention when questioned something that you later rely on in court. Anything you say may be given in evidence.
After the caution the police must record interviews either in writing, on tape/CD or on video. Interviews can be in the back seat of a police car, at your home or at a police station.
You are always entitled to have a legal representative with you for a police interview.
Advantages of Having a Solicitor Present
A solicitor can:
- Often get information about the evidence from the officer before the interview starts.
- Make sure that the police follow the law and the rules about interviews.
- Advise you on the strength of the evidence.
- Advise you if you should co-operate with the interview.
- Advise you whether to answer questions.
- Advise how the caution applies in your case.
- Negotiate with the police about the decision to charge.
- Negotiate for a fixed penalty or a driver education course in some cases.
Answering Police Questions
The most important question is ask is: Whether to answer police questions, make no comment or make a written statement. Many people answer police questions when they should not. It is vital to get it right. Making admissions in interview can help the police prove a case even if the evidence is weak.
Legal Aid/Duty Solicitor
You are entitled to a free duty solicitor or non-solicitor legal representative. I offer specialised advice for driving offences and am not able to provide free representation. I can agree a fixed fee with you before attending for the interview.
I am accredited by the Law Society to advise in the police station as part of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme.
Unsure If You Need Legal Representation for a Police Interview?
Before you decide if you need a solicitor, call me or request a call back under no obligation.