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Interview Under Caution Legal Advice
If you, your business or an employee have been invited for an interview under caution or arrested, it is important that you seek legal advice from JMW as soon as possible. What you say or don’t say during an interview under caution can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case, which is why it is vital to seek expert police station legal advice from JMW Solicitors.
If you have been arrested or asked to attend an interview under caution on a voluntary basis, our specialist solicitors are here to provide you with tailored, pragmatic advice, assistance and representation to protect your rights and preserve your interests. We can represent you throughout the process to the conclusion of the investigation or proceedings.
We understand that an interview under caution can be a highly stressful experience, especially when it may impact on you personally or the future of your business. This is why we work to provide the highest-quality legal representation, no matter the circumstances of your case, in order to ensure you are able to achieve the best possible outcome.
To receive police station legal advice from our expert team of solicitors, contact JMW today by calling 0800 652 5559. You can also fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back at your convenience.
How JMW Can Help
JMW works with individuals and businesses involved in a wide variety of cases, and our team has extensive experience in advising individuals on all aspects of the police interview process. We have been and are involved in some of the biggest investigations and prosecutions, and are ranked as a Top Tier Firm by the Legal 500, as well as Chambers and Partners.
If you have been asked to attend an interview under caution, we can provide you with the following support:
- Obtaining pre-interview disclosure and meeting with you to prepare for any interview under caution before it takes place
- Assessing the details of the allegation(s) and the strength of the evidence and any accusations made against your or your business
- Informing you of your rights before any interview under caution, the powers of the investigating authority, how to prepare for an interview and how to respond to any questions asked during an interview under caution
- Representing you in person during the interview process, arranging an opportunity to confer with an expert solicitor and get advice on the best course of action
It is important to remember that any answers you give - or do not provide - during the interview may have a major impact on the outcome of the police investigation or the criminal proceedings if any charge is authorised. This is why individuals or businesses alleged to have committed criminal or regulatory offences must seek the advice of JMW’s expert solicitors as soon as possible.
What are my rights during an interview under caution?
If you are arrested or asked to attend an interview under caution on a voluntary basis, you will be protected by a number of rights:
- You are entitled to legal advice, assistance and representation
- You may ask the police to inform someone else that you are at the station (subject to whether there is a requirement to hold you incommunicado
- You cannot be kept at the police station for more than 24 hours without being charged, although this can be extended if a high-ranking officer or magistrates’ court determine that more time is needed to find or protect evidence in relation to a serious crime
If you are unsure about your rights when attending an interview under caution, you can ask the interviewing officers at the police station to provide you with a full list of your rights and entitlements.
What are the consequences of failing to answer a question during an interview?
When you are questioned by the police during an interview under caution, it is important to answer their questions in the right amount of detail to avoid causing potential harm to your own defence.
You have the right to remain silent when questioned by the police, but if your answers fail to include vital information that you later intend to rely upon in court for your defence, this may be used against you (otherwise known as an adverse inference). As such, it is essential that you carefully prepare the information you wish to communicate during the interview.
By seeking professional legal advice in advance of an interview under caution, you can maximise your chances of no charges being brought or ensuring that damage is not caused to your own case if court proceedings are brought against you or your business.