Question: Should I Take A Solicitor To A Police Interview?

Why would you need a solicitor at police station?

Having a solicitor can provide protection to a suspect who is charged and where there is a dispute later on at court as to events which occurred during the police interview.

A solicitor can also make representations for bail at the point of charge.

This is far more likely to succeed than if a suspect is unrepresented..

Do I need a solicitor to answer bail?

Yes, you need advice before charge because anything that you say at the time of charge is admissible evidence against you. You need to have the charges explained to you and you need a solicitor to represent you who knows about your case.

Who can attend a police interview?

This can be a lawyer or another adult. If you are 14 or older, you can choose who you want to call. If you are under 14, the Police will ask your parents or guardian to attend, unless your parents agree that someone else can take the role.

Can police refuse interview?

It is really important to remember that you have a right to refuse to do a police interview. … Your right to silence is found under s89 of the Evidence Act NSW 1995. It is the law. You can tell police that you do not want to be interviewed.

What to do if police ask you to come in for questioning?

Police can ask you to accompany them to a police station for questioning, but you are not required to go unless you have been arrested for an offence. You should speak to a lawyer before you speak to the police. You may arrange for a lawyer or other person to be present during questioning.

Can you refuse to answer police questions?

Regardless of whether you have been arrested, imprisoned, detained, or simply feel as if you cannot walk away from a police officer, you generally do not have to answer any questions that the police are asking you. … As such, it gives you the right to refuse to answer questions that a police officer asks you.

Should you talk to police without a lawyer?

No and no. You should never talk to the police without first consulting an attorney. Police officers are trained to obtain confessions, admissions and inconsistencies. If you are innocent, they will use inconsistencies in your statements as evidence of guilt.

Does voluntary police interview require a solicitor?

Yes. Just because the police decide to interview you under caution as a volunteer does not mean that it is any less serious than if you were arrested and interviewed. Remember you are entitled to free and confidential legal advice.

What does it mean when the police want to interview you?

“You’re Not Under Arrest; We Just Want to Speak with You” When police begin calling someone at home or work asking for answers to a few questions, it usually means they think the person is connected to a crime.

What do police say at the beginning of an interview?

When cautioning you at the beginning of the interview the police may say that “you can answer some questions and not others”. If you do answer some questions and not others and you are selective in the questions that you answer, the video recorded interview will be admissible in evidence.

Why do police ask for voluntary interviews?

Voluntary interviews can take place in relation to historical sexual abuse, rape or fraud allegations. The police often invite young, mentally disordered or vulnerable suspects to attend as a volunteer if they are to be interviewed.

What happens if I don’t attend a voluntary police interview?

If you refuse to attend the police station for a voluntary interview and the police have reasonable grounds to suspect that you have committed a crime, they may arrest you and charge you. If you have been arrested, you are required to comply and attend the police station, but you don’t have to answer police questions.

How long do cops have to charge you?

For less serious ‘summary offences’, which can only be dealt with in the Local Court, police must generally bring charges within 6 months of the alleged offence.

What should I say in a police interview?

Tell us a little bit about yourself.Why did you choose to become a police officer?Why do you want to work at this agency?What is your greatest weaknesses?Moral questions.The interview is over, is there anything else you’d like to say?

Why do you say no comment in a police interview?

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. … Today, courts can use silence (or no comment answers) as an inference of guilt. This means that saying nothing, in some cases, can do more harm than good.