Interviews under Caution

Suspects interviewed under caution benefit from the assistance of a highly qualified legal team, who will be able to advise them of their rights and recommend the best course of action to take. Interviews under caution are not always conducted by the police. Any governmental authority with a power to investigate and prosecute can use an interview under caution as part of obtaining evidence in the wider enquiry. This includes HMRC, The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Trading Standards, The Environment Agency and others.

An interview under caution provides the investigating authority with an opportunity to gather evidence and, although the phrase ‘under caution’ does not necessarily infer guilt, it confirms that anything said during interview may be used in evidence. A reasonable amount of suspicion is required before a power to interview under caution can be applied. A legal representative must therefore be able to advise on the appropriate use of the investigator’s powers and the implications of answering questions whilst under caution.

JMW is able to offer a Private Client Criminal Law Service that provides the very best legal representation in such circumstances. The bespoke offering ensures top-level advice throughout the process. Although these interviews do not necessarily result in court proceedings, they form a very important part of every prosecution. An interviewee’s legal rights therefore need to be protected and advanced so that the prosecution's case can be tested at the earliest opportunity. A failure to obtain proper advice at the interview stage can often mean the difference between an early discontinuance and a prosecution.

In order to find out more about the Private Client Criminal Law Service from JMW, or to speak to one of the members of our highly experienced legal team, call us today on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, fill in the contact form on this page, and we will get back to you.

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