The legal principles for a voluntary interview are exactly the same as an interview when you have been arrested. You will still be interviewed under caution and your interview will still play a HUGE role in determining whether you will be charged, and if so whether you will be found guilty at court. The only difference with attending the police station voluntarily is that you are entitled to leave when you want.
Being invited for a voluntary interview or a “quick chat” with the police can give people a false sense of security. Many people do not ask for a solicitor if they are being interviewed voluntarily. Being interviewed as a volunteer is just as serious as being interviewed when under arrest. Do not fall into the trap of thinking the police must be taking the allegation less seriously for them to be speaking to you as a volunteer. They still suspect you of committing a crime.
Receiving a letter to attend the police station as a volunteer puts you at an advantage as you can research and choose your legal representation before you attend the station. Our specialist solicitors have a vast amount of experience in attending police interviews so we will be able to provide you with advice and assistance during questioning.
The information that you provide in your voluntary interview can be used as evidence against you if you are later charged.
Make sure you instruct Watson Woodhouse Solicitors for a voluntary interview to give yourself the best possible chance of a successful outcome. Don’t delay and contact us as soon as the police have been in touch with you.
Why use a solicitor?
- A solicitor will provide you with advice at this early stage
- You can still be taken into custody following a voluntary interview
- A solicitor will represent you and be on your side.
Why Watson Woodhouse?
- Our specialist solicitors attend police interviews and protect peoples legal rights every day.
- Representation in the police station from us is free.
- We will have your best interests as our main priority.