At One Legal we cover all areas of Criminal Law and undertake every aspect of investigatory and procedural work.
If the police suspect you of having been involved in a criminal offence they can arrest you or request you voluntarily attend a police station in order to be formally interviewed on tape and under caution.
If you are arrested, you must be cautioned and informed you have the right to free and independent legal advice. We have a 24 hour Call Centre that is available to respond to any emergency situation at short notice.
If you attend as a volunteer and are to be formally interviewed on tape, you must be cautioned and informed that you have the right to free and independent legal advice. You must also be told that you are not under arrest and can leave the police station at any time.
If you are invited to attend the police station to be interviewed, please feel free to contact us on 0207 842 0650. We can arrange for a representative to accompany you to the police station at short notice.
When you are to be formally interviewed on tape by the police you will be cautioned. The caution is as follows:
“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”.
The caution can be explained like this:
- You have the right to silence and do not have to answer any questions if you do not want to. It is your right to answer “no comment” to each and every question put to you.
- If you do not answer any questions though and are later charged and at Court gave an account that amounted to a defence – i.e. self-defence or you offer an alibi – then the Court do not have to put much weight on that evidence and may feel it has been recently thought up. If you do answer questions and are charged and at Court give a different account to the one you gave to the police when interviewed, the Court can also hold this against you and could consider that you are either not cooperating or lying.
- Finally, anything that is being said in the taped interview can be played in Court as evidence.
That is why it is important for you to have the best advice at an early stage: it could prevent you from being charged, but if charged, could prevent you from being convicted.
Remember, everyone has the fundamental right to free and independent legal advice at the police station irrespective of their income or means.
At One Legal we are available to provide legal advice and assistance at the police station 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.