Voluntary Police Interviews – What you need to know
It is becoming increasingly common for the police to invite somebody down to their local police station as a volunteer for an interview or statement, if they think that person might be involved in the commission of an offence. You need to know that if that is the case, then you will be entitled to free advice from us at the police station.
We are aware that people often go to the police station without a solicitor because they think that they don’t need one. They think that the police simply want a ‘chat’ with them, or are reluctant to ask a solicitor to attend for fear that it will make them look guilty.
Even if you haven’t committed an offence you should insist on a solicitor being present. It is your right and we will never charge you to attend because legal aid is still available for those people who are being interviewed under caution by the police. If you are unrepresented, and say the wrong thing, you could end up being charged, or even convicted. Even if you have committed offence, we will do everything we can to ensure that the police deal with you by way of a caution or by restorative justice.
So if the police want to speak to you don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are available 24 hours a day; seven days a week and it won’t cost you a penny. It could be the most important call you ever make.
Hyde office: 0161 368 631 Ashton office: 0161 330 2875
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