Olliers Solicitors specialise in representation at the police station for all manner of criminal offences.
Interviews under caution
A recent change in legislation has meant that 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.
Voluntary Police Interviews
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.
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.
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 Laura Baumanis or David Philpott on 0161 8341515 to arrange an appointment.