Police Station Advice & Assistance
Having to deal with things you don’t ever think you will have to deal with.
If you have been asked to attend a police interview you should always take a legal representative with you. We are only a phone call away 0161 615 0660 (24 hour number).
At the start of the interview you will be cautioned with the following words “you do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court anything you do say may be given in evidence”.
What that means is you have choices. That said it isn’t easy and that is where having someone skilled with you comes into play. If you don’t speak (which is your right) then decide to tell a jury your story months down the line, the court can draw what is called an adverse inference. In plain language that means why didn’t you say that in the first place when the police were asking you? Why are you only saying it now?
Alternatively if you do speak you may say too much and provide the police with more evidence than they had in the first place.
Police Station Advice
It is a judgment call and one which is best left to the professionals. Your legal advisor is given pre interview disclosure which should then allow him/her to make a decision about what advice they give to you about speaking or not. They will outline the case against you before you make any decision at all.
The interview is tape recorded and at the conclusion a transcript is typed up. You would think the transcript is word for word what was said, but it isn’t, far from it. A summary is prepared and you won’t be surprised to learn that it contains only the bits that help the police and all the bits that help you have vanished. Here at Ralli solicitors we always make a point of transcribing every interview word for word.
Interviews are only as good and fair as the interviewer. If you are not asked the right questions you won’t be able to get everything out there and on tape that you might like to. Always seek legal advice. It is too important not to and that applies to any interview you have been asked to attend whether the police, trading standards, HMRC, serious fraud office, national crime agency or health and safety executive. Ralli solicitors LLP are here to help you.
For more information regarding police station advice, contact our Criminal Defence team on 0161 615 0660 or fill out one of our online enquiry forms.
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