If the police have asked you to attend the police station you might be feeling a bit worried and wondering what your options and rights are.
Firstly, although it is a ‘voluntary’ interview, it is probably not in your interests to simply refuse to attend at all. You can refuse to attend but the police will then decide whether to arrest you so that they can interview you in custody instead.
Despite what some people think, a voluntary interview is not an informal chat. The police will often downplay its seriousness when dealing with you directly but, if you have been asked to attend an interview under caution, the police suspect you are involved in a criminal offence.
The seriousness of a voluntary interview is the same as if you were arrested and could still result in you being charged with a criminal offence and having to appear in court.
Churchers has a number of specialist criminal defence experts on hand ready to advise you at the earliest stage. We can advise if you should participate in the voluntary interview process after considering the strength of the case against you and, if you do, whether or not you should answer police questions.
Churchers can act for you under legal aid or on a private basis. We can also arrange a meeting or advice in advance of you even entering the police station. This can be either in one of our offices or a virtual meeting which we can set up online. To get in touch with a member of our criminal defence team, please call 02392 820 747 and we can discuss your options.