Police Station Voluntary interviews
What is a voluntary interview?
A voluntary interview is an interview conducted under caution by the police. It is usually carried out at a police station or in some circumstances at your homes address. It means that the police wish to speak to you about an offence but that they have deemed that an arrest is not necessary. The interview will be recorded and may be used in evidence if the matter were to go to court.
If the arrest is not necessary then does this mean it is not serious?
Although the police have decided that an arrest isn’t necessary, this does not mean that the matter is not serious. If the suspect is a youth, then the police may feel it is more appropriate to interview on a voluntary basis, or if the police only require evidence to be obtained by questioning rather than a search being conducted then they may conduct a voluntary interview. However, you should not be led into thinking the matter is not serious and you would not end up being charged with an offence.
What happens if I do not attend the interview?
If you do not attend the interview then this will give the police the necessity to arrest you. If the police have invited you for a voluntary interview then you should call us at Emery Johnson Astills as we can speak to the police on your behalf.
Should I have a solicitor?
If you are invited in for a voluntary interview by the police then we, at Emery Johnson Astills, would advise that you should always have a legal representative present. We will be able to speak to the police prior to the interview and obtain information about the alleged offence. We can then advise you on how to deal with the police interview, the evidence and the likely outcome. We will be present for the interview to ensure that you are questioned fairly and that the police ask relevant questions. Everyone is entitled to free and independent advice at the police station no matter whether you are employed or unemployed.
If you have been contacted by the police and invited to attend a voluntary interview, then do not hesitate to contact us at Emery Johnson Astills. We have a 24 hour police station service, 7 days a week. Please call our crime department at our Leicester office on 0116 255 4855 or our Loughborough Office on 01509 610312.