Question: Should I take a solicitor to a police interview?

Should I bring a solicitor to a police interview?

If you ask for a solicitor to attend to assist you in a police interview, the police cannot refuse. They must either arrange a solicitor for you (the duty solicitor) or make contact with a named solicitor of your choice who is willing to act.

Can the police interview you without a solicitor?

Being questioned without legal advice

If you do not want to have a solicitor with you during your police interview, you do not need to. If you’re under 18 or a vulnerable adult, then usually the police cannot interview you without a solicitor in the room.

Do you have to pay a solicitor for voluntary police interview?

You can contact a law firm, such as Howells, before your voluntary interview, or the Police interviewer will ask if you would like a duty solicitor appointed to you and you can ask the officer for a specific law firm. The legal representation is free in any of these situations.

Do duty solicitors work for the police?

The police station schemes have one or more solicitors on duty for each police station, or police area (occasionally covering a number of police stations), depending on how busy the scheme. The busiest schemes in the country, can have a number of solicitors on duty at any one time.

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Can the police deny you a solicitor?

If you decide to exercise this right, except in pressing circumstances – such as to prevent someone being hurt – the police officers cannot question you until you have received advice. You can decline legal advice, and, if you do, you may change your mind later.

What are my rights in a police interview?

The Right of Silence

The police will caution you at the start of the interview by saying: You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.

What can a solicitor do in interview?

Having a solicitor prior to a police interview means that they can gather as much information about the investigation as possible from you in private, before you go into questioning. The solicitor can then figure out what is alleged and the best way to approach it.

How long is a police interview?

The duration of an interview varies. They could typically take around 1-2 hours. You are not required to take anything with you unless you have documents that are relevant to the investigation.

What happens if you refuse to attend a voluntary police interview?

You do not have to attend and you can leave at any time once the interview has begun. However, as noted above, failure to attend or attempting to leave could result in you being arrested.

Can police refuse interview?

You will be cautioned before the interview takes place which outlines that anything you say can be used in evidence against you and that you have a right to remain silent in the interview (ie, refuse to answer any or all questions).

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What do police say at the start of an interview?

Where the person writes their own statement, it should begin: “I make this statement of my own free will. I understand that I do not have to say anything but that it may harm my defence if I do not mention when questioned something which I later rely on in court. This statement may be given in evidence.”