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What Is A Voluntary Interview?
A voluntary interview is a formal conversation with the police that usually takes place at a police station. It is called a "voluntary" interview because you are not under arrest and you do not have to attend. However, if you do attend, you will be cautioned and anything you say can be used as evidence in court.
The police may ask you to attend a voluntary interview if they have a suspicion that you have committed a crime.
If you are asked to attend a voluntary interview, you have the right to:
Free Legal representation from a criminal solicitor of your choice or from the duty solicitor under the free legal advice and assistance scheme.
A break at any time during the interview
To stop the interview at any time
It is important to remember that you do not have to answer any questions during a voluntary interview. You
you are you
However, you should remember the police caution applies during any voluntary interview, namely 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.
If you are asked to attend a voluntary interview, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. A solicitor can advise you on your rights and help you to prepare for the interview.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind if you are asked to attend a voluntary interview:
You are not obliged to attend the interview , however the police may decide to arrest you under the "necessity principle" if you decide not to attend.
You have the right to legal representation.
You have the right to a break at any time during the interview.
You have the right to stop the interview at any time.
You do not have to answer any questions.
Anything you say can be used as evidence in court.
If you are asked to attend a voluntary interview, it is important to seek legal advice from a solicitor as soon as possible. A solicitor or accredited legal representative can help you to understand your rights and options and can represent you during the police interview.
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