Q. What does a solicitor do at the police station?
A. Your solicitor will protect your rights and ensure you are properly treated. He will discuss your case with you and the strength of the evidence against you in private before your interview with the police. He will take your account and advise you whether to answer questions or not.
Q. What happens after interview?
A. At the end of your interview a decision will made by the Police (sometimes the Crown Prosecution Service will be involved). The next step will be:
No further action will be taken against you.
You will be released and asked to return to the police station at a later date.
You will be issued with a fixed penalty or caution charge.
Q. Will I get bail?
A. Bail is usually refused if the police have believe that a suspect or defendant will fail to attend Court, commit offences while on bail, or interfere with the Prosecution witnesses. The decision to refuse bail can be appealed.
Q. What is the right to silence? Do I have to answer questions?
A. No. You do not have to answer questions. But there is a new warning at the start of an interview stating: “You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something you later rely on in Court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence”.We will give you specialist advice regarding this situation. Sometimes silence is the best option.