Lawyers for voluntary police interviews
Olliers Solicitors specialise in representation at the police station for all manner of criminal offences.
Interviews under caution
The police are far more likely to interview suspects by appointment at a police station following an initial informal request.
Whilst there is no suggestion of any deliberate malpractice by the police, there is an obvious danger that those requested to attend such interviews, by virtue of their informal nature, do not necessarily appreciate the seriousness of their position. Indeed, many may not even appreciate they are ‘suspects’ in criminal proceedings. Significantly, offences that previously would have been dealth with by arrest and detention in a police station are now routinely dealt with by way of a voluntary interview often, perhaps unwittingly, lulling a suspect into a false sense of security.
Specialist Police Station Representation
As with any criminal investigation, those suspected of offending will benefit from early representation. Not only is a solicitor able to liaise with the officer dealing with a case to facilitate an interview at a time convenient to all but is, more often that not, able to obtain some advance disclosure of the particulars of the allegation and therefore arrange a meaningful conference prior to attendance at the police station, often providing the upper hand.
Matthew Claughton, criminal defence, fraud and regulatory specialist solicitor, discusses the importance of instructing a solicitor prior to a voluntary police interview at the earliest possible opportunity.
Voluntary Police Interviews
In addition, the police power to take fingerprints, photographs and DNA is significantly inhibited when interviewing suspects voluntarily. During voluntary interview suspects are routinely asked to consent to a number of similar intrusions. It is important you are advised properly, specifically with regard to the particular circumstances of your own case.
Olliers lead the field in voluntary police interviews. From the outset of the change in legislation, our solicitors have published relevant articles and have provided training workshops to others.
We also specialise in making pre-charging representations. Click here to read our article on why pre-charge representations are a crucial tool in avoiding prosecution.
Click here to read our article on why a solicitor is still required for a voluntary police interview.
Click here to find out more about funding legal representation for a police interview under caution.
Some frequently asked questions
If you have been released under investigation, it means that you have been released from police custody without charge but the investigation the matter that you were arrested for is still ongoing. You have no bail conditions or date to attend the police station but you may, eventually, still be charged with an offence.
There is no time limit for being under released investigation by the police. You will know that you are no longer ‘released under investigation’ if you receive a notice of no further action or alternatively a notice that you are to be charged with an offence. A solicitor may be able to assist you with making enquires with the police as to the progress of their investigation and/or make representations that you should not be charged.
An interview under caution, also known as a suspect interview, is an interview carried out by the police with someone they suspect of committing crime. The interview can take place under arrest or voluntarily by appointment. An interview under caution is recorded and the recording can be used in court as evidence.
There is no set list of police bail conditions and but they often include a residence condition, a ‘non-contact’ condition, a curfew, or a ‘do not attend’ a certain area condition. The bail conditions that the police impose will vary on a case-by-case basis. Suspects released from the police station without being charged should only be placed on bail if it is deemed to be necessary and proportionate. Bail conditions should only be imposed if: there is a risk of a suspect committing further offences or failing to surrender to custody; to prevent the suspect being a threat to the public; to prevent suspect interfering with an investigation or witnesses; or for the suspects own protection. A solicitor can assist with asking the police to vary bail conditions. If this fails, an application to the magistrates court requesting variation or discharge of the bail conditions can be made.
Need a criminal lawyer to attend a voluntary police interview with you?
If you have been contacted by the police to attend a voluntary interview, sometimes referred to as an interview under caution, please contact specialist criminal defence solicitors Ruth Peters or Matthew Claughton on 0161 8341515 to arrange representation.