Police Station Interview
Kang & Co – Voluntary Police Station Interview Solicitors
The police will usually conduct a ‘Voluntary Police Interview Under Caution’ when dealing with less serious offences such as careless driving or dealing with suspects that have not been involved in the Criminal Justice System before and if the police officer dealing with the case takes the view that the suspect will co-operate with the police by attending the police station on an agreed date and time.
If the police believe that a person is involved in a criminal offence, and if the police officer dealing with the case is of the opinion that a voluntary police interview under caution is suitable, given the nature of the offence and given the particular circumstances of the suspect, the police officer will contact the suspect to arrange a date and time for the interview to be conducted.
The advantage of arranging a voluntary police Interview is the suspect is not under arrest and the interview is usually arranged to take place in the form of a pre-agreed appointment, which is more convenient for the suspect.
If you have been contacted by the police to attend a voluntary police interview, you should instruct Kang & Co Solicitors, so you receive appropriate advice before the interview and your rights are properly protected. Our skilled solicitors will usually meet with you a few days before the interview and will then attend the police station with you.
If you decide not to co-operate with the police and not to attend a voluntary police interview, the likelihood is that you will be arrested by the police.
Police Station Interview Under Arrest
If the police officer dealing with your case believes a voluntary interview is not suitable or if you have declined to attend a voluntary interview the police will locate and arrest you. Suspects can be arrested from their home, place of work, a relative’s home or whilst in a public place.
If you have been arrested, you will be detained at the police station and once the police are ready to interview, you will be interviewed as a detained suspect. You will not have the right to leave the police station whilst under arrest.
Once you have been arrested by the police, the police officer should formally caution you, the caution is as follows:
“You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned, something that you later rely on in Court”.
In most circumstances, you will then be handcuffed, placed in a police vehicle and taken to the police station.
If you appoint Kang & Co Solicitors to advise and represent you at the police station, when your lawyer attends the police station (with you) he / she will firstly speak with the police officer dealing with your case and will obtain ‘Police Disclosure’, disclosure is the information / evidence the Police have against
you and details of the crime you are suspected to have committed. If you attend the police station without one of our lawyers, you will not be provided with police disclosure.
Legal Advice Before the Police Interview
Once our lawyer has obtained police disclosure the lawyer will attend you in a private meeting room at the police station where you will be informed of the evidence the police have, you will also be advised of the law in respect of the offence you are being interviewed for.
The lawyer will then consider the evidence along with your version of events and will advise you whether there is a defence available and will advise you on the best course of action to take in your individual circumstances.
The Police Interview Under Caution
Whether you are being interviewed by the police as a voluntary attendee or whether you have been arrested, the process of the interview itself is fundamentally the same. The only difference being, a voluntary attendee has the right to walk out of the interview however, the likelihood is that if a voluntary attendee took this course of action they most likely would be arrested by the police and detained.
If you instruct Kang & Co Solicitors to represent you for the police station interview, the Kang & Co lawyer will remain with you during the actual police interview, he / she will intervene if the police are asking inappropriate question, or questions they should not be asking. The Kang & Co Solicitor will also advise you if there are certain questions you do not have to answer.
Why You Should Instruct Kang & Co Solicitors to Represent You at a Voluntary Interview
All our Criminal Law Solicitors and Barristers have significant experience of the Criminal Justice System and the police station interview stage. Our solicitors understand that the foundation of a criminal law case is established at the police interview stage, as it can have a significant impact on the outcome of the case, should you be charged, therefore it is crucial that you receive the correct and experienced advice from our lawyers at Kang & Co Solicitors.
If you have an experienced solicitor, you are less likely to be charged with a criminal offence if you are properly advised and represented at the police station. Our solicitors will be able to advise you in answering questions or whether you should exercise your right to silence. Our solicitors will also be able to advise you about alternatives to being charged, such as accepting a police caution and will advise you on the implications to your career.
Kang & Co – Expert Police Interview Solicitors
Our team of experienced criminal defence lawyers have considerable experience and a background in representing hundreds of clients for all types of criminal offences, from murder through to theft. This extensive experience of serious crime places them in an excellent position to represent all manner of criminal law and driving offences.
Our Road Traffic Offence Solicitors have represented clients for all driving offences at the police station from death by dangerous driving through to drink driving.
If you are being investigated for offences such as death by dangerous driving, death by careless driving or dangerous driving the police should provide you with an opportunity to give an account, and as such will ask you to attend the police station for an interview under caution.
You will be entitled to free legal advice at the police station from the duty solicitor scheme, however the person appointed to represent you under the duty solicitor scheme may not be a qualified solicitor and will be a general criminal practitioner, as opposed to an expert criminal law solicitor.
At Kang & Co Solicitors, we charge privately for legal representation at the police station. Paying for legal representation at the police station is often much cheaper that paying for a solicitor to represent you at court
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