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Voluntary Interviews - what are they?
- AuthorOlivia Peck
Have you been asked by the Police to attend a voluntary interview, for a talk?
A voluntary interview is conducted by a Police Officer when investigating a criminal offence, the person being interviewed is the suspect in the investigation. The interview is under caution and may be used in evidence if the matter were to go to Court.
What are my rights?
Whether arrested by the Police or attending a voluntary interview, your rights at the police station remain the same:
- You are entitled to free and independent legal advice. This is independent of the Police and can be arranged by yourself in advance or by the police officer. Everyone is entitled to free legal advice whether you are employed or unemployed.
- To consult the Police Codes of Practice
Should I have a Solicitor?
It is vital that if attending the Police Station for a police interview, that you consult with a Solicitor prior to attending. At Johnson Astills, we would be able to speak to you prior to the interview and obtain information about the alleged offence. We can then advise you on how to deal with the police interview, the evidence and the likely outcome. Johnson Astills would be present for the interview to ensure you are questioned fairly and that you have a fair opportunity to account for the allegation.
Although the police have decided that an arrest is not necessary, this doesn’t mean that it is not serious.
Johnson Astills are experts in criminal law, and are able to assist 24 hours of the day whether at the police station or at Court. If you need advice or assistance from the criminal department at Johnson Astills , please contact us on 0116 255 4855.
To discuss any offences please contact our Criminal Defence Team at Johnson Astills at our Leicester office on 0116 2554855 or our Loughborough office on 01509 610312.