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Investigations

The majority of criminal police investigations starts with an interview.

Usually, the police will arrest you and interview you at the police station, or as a voluntary attendee.

Investigations

The majority of criminal police investigations starts with an interview.

Usually, the police will arrest you and interview you at the police station, or as a voluntary attendee.

Investigations

The majority of criminal police investigations starts with an interview.

Usually, the police will arrest you and interview you at the police station, or as a voluntary attendee.

Why should you instruct Castle Solicitors to attend the police station?

At Castle solicitors we have specialist trained duty solicitors and police station representatives to assist you.

Remember, if you are held at the police station, the police are legally obliged to make independent legal advice made available to you. The police may suggest that it would take longer for the matter to be dealt with if you wait for a solicitor or a police station representative. If the solicitor or representative is not already at the police station, this may be true. However, it is always in your best interest to wait for legal advice.

Often, we come across people who wanted to get released from the police station quickly and made the mistake of dealing with the interview on their own. They later regretted it!

Remember, the police interview is recorded and anything you say, or choose not to say could have long lasting and serious consequences. Indeed, often your police interview will determine the outcome of your case.

Why would the police arrest me?

You can be arrested if the police have reasonable grounds to believe you have committed an offence, are going to commit an offence, or are in the act of committing an offence.

On arrest the officer will give you the caution and will say as follow:

“You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned, something that you later rely on in court”.

After arrest where will I be taken?

After arrest, you will be transported to the police station for an interview under caution.

What happens at the police station?

This is a highly important stage and can determine the outcome of the case. You will be interviewed. This will be recorded and can be used in evidence at court.

Do I have to speak in the interview?

No, you have a right to remain silent. However, in some circumstances you can be criticised if the matter goes to court. This is why it’s crucial to receive impartial legal advice at the police station prior to the interview.

Making the wrong decision at the police station could have far reaching tragic consequences.

Is a voluntary attendance for interview at the police station the same as being arrested?

No!

When you voluntarily attend the police station there are three benefits.

  1. You can leave at any time (you cannot leave at any time if you are under arrest).
  2. You are entitled to legal advice.
  3. You are not under arrest.

However, do be aware that the interview is still under caution and will be recorded. So, regardless if you’re arrested or a voluntary attender at the police station, legal representation is a necessity.

And remember, having a lawyer at the police station to advise you is totally free of charge.

What should I do if I’m arrested or asked to attend the police station as a voluntary attendee for an interview?

If you’re arrested, ask the police for legal representation by Castle Solicitors.

If you’re asked to attend as a volunteer, contact us and we will represent you at the police station. You just need to tell us where and when! We’ll arrange for someone to be there to meet you.

What happens after the interview?
  • You will be charged and kept in custody to appear at the Magistrates’ Court
  • You will be charged and released to appear at the Magistrates’ Court
  • No further action will be taken
  • You will be released while further investigations are made

Why should I choose Castle Solicitors?

We understand

24 hours a day you can contact us if you require legal advice.

We’re experienced

We don’t like losing, so if matters do go to trial, you’re guaranteed a solicitor who has a successful track record.

We win

Our goal is always to get the very best result for our clients, whether that be the police taking no further action, preventing someone from receiving a custodial sentence or clearing a client’s name with an acquittal after trial.

What should I do now?

Contact us by calling on 0121 226 3636, emailing admin@castlesolicitors.co.uk or even sending a message from this website on the contact page. We will call you back as soon as possible (usually within 2 hours) but in any event no later than 24 hours.

For emergencies, you can also contact our 24-hour helpline on 07912 784485

Remember

If you have been arrested to simply ask for Castle Solicitors at the police station and we will receive the call.