More and more the police are asking people to attend the police station for voluntary interviews rather than arrest them. In general this is a good idea, but a voluntary interview is just as important as an interview under arrest, and it’s equally important to make sure that you have a solicitor with you.
If the police are going to interview you then they suspect that you have committed a criminal offence. This applies whether you are under arrest or not. What is said in the interview becomes part of the evidence in the case, and again that is the same whether you are under arrest or not. That is why having a solicitor with you remains just as important as if you were under arrest.
Even though it is a voluntary interview you still have the right to free and independent legal advice. This means that you won’t have to pay a penny for our services at the police station, even though you are not under arrest.
If the police have asked you to attend for a voluntary interview then you should contact us straight away.