Question: Do I Have To Attend A Police Interview?

What happens if you don’t attend a voluntary police interview?

If you refuse to attend the police station for a voluntary interview and the police have reasonable grounds to suspect that you have committed a crime, they may arrest you and charge you.

If you have been arrested, you are required to comply and attend the police station, but you don’t have to answer police questions..

What happens if I don’t attend an interview under caution?

If you don’t go to the interview, and they don’t have enough information to decide if you committed fraud, it could mean that they have to drop the case against you. On the other hand, the DWP say that it’s in your best interests to attend, and some other advisers agree.

Why are police interviews recorded?

The purpose of audio recording an interview under caution is to ensure that the most accurate record possible can easily be made. Audibly recorded interviews are the best way to ensure that admissible evidence is collected from suspects who are interviewed.

Should I take a solicitor to a police interview?

Having a solicitor can provide protection to a suspect who is charged and where there is a dispute later on at court as to events which occurred during the police interview.

What happens when you are interviewed by the police?

How does a police interview start? An interview starts with the police asking you questions about whether you understand your rights. … The police will ask you a series of questions about what happened. Usually, once you have given your version, they will put the other version of events to you and ask you to comment.

Why do you say no comment in a police interview?

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. … Today, courts can use silence (or no comment answers) as an inference of guilt. This means that saying nothing, in some cases, can do more harm than good.

What do police say at the beginning of an interview?

When cautioning you at the beginning of the interview the police may say that “you can answer some questions and not others”. If you do answer some questions and not others and you are selective in the questions that you answer, the video recorded interview will be admissible in evidence.

What happens in a voluntary police interview?

A voluntary attendance is a police station interview when the volunteer attends to assist the police with an investigation and they are NOT under arrest. Volunteers have the right to access independent legal advice and are free to leave the police station at any time unless and until they are arrested.

How many days do the police have to charge you with a crime?

In NSW, there is no ‘limitation period’ for ‘indictable offences’ which are more-serious criminal offences which can be dealt with in the District Court. This means that a charge can be brought anytime, even several decades after its alleged commission!

Who can attend a police interview?

This can be a lawyer or another adult. If you are 14 or older, you can choose who you want to call. If you are under 14, the Police will ask your parents or guardian to attend, unless your parents agree that someone else can take the role.

Can you say no comment in a police interview?

Make “NO COMMENT” to all questions. There is no such thing as a friendly chat with a police officer. Everything you say can and will likely be used as evidence. If they interview you, give a “No Comment” interview, unless under explicit advice from a good solicitor to make a written statement.

What Offences can police charge?

What can you be charged with?driving offences.larceny (stealing)destroying or damaging property.possessing a prohibited drug.common assault.

Will an interview under caution show up on a CRB check?

A caution does not count as a criminal conviction, but it can be used as character evidence if you go to court for another offence. Police cautions can show on both standard and enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks.

What should I say in a police interview?

Tell us a little bit about yourself.Why did you choose to become a police officer?Why do you want to work at this agency?What is your greatest weaknesses?Moral questions.The interview is over, is there anything else you’d like to say?