If you decide to give information to the police during a voluntary interview – or Caution Plus 3 – then you need to make sure that you have sought advice from legal experts that can protect your rights.
As a matter of law, you are entitled to legal advice when you are being questioned by the police. You cannot and will not be criticised and nobody can jump to the conclusion that you have done anything wrong if you do exercise that legal right and have a specialist lawyer with you.
Some people wrongly think that just because they have a lawyer with them it makes them look guilty. This is NOT true – the law says you have this right, it is there to ensure that you don’t do or say anything that can be misinterpreted by the police who are questioning you.
You must also bear in mind that the only reason why the police are wanting to formally question you on tape is because they think you may have done something wrong and they may already think you’re guilty of an offence, because by this time they have only been given one side of the story.
About the author
Nick Titchener, director and solicitor advocate of Lawtons, is a dedicated criminal solicitor with considerable experience in legal cases including sexual offences, violence and assault. Nick’s measured and methodical approach means he thrives on even the most complex case.
Nick also oversees the overall management of Lawtons Solicitors, a specialist firm of criminal law defence solicitors with branches across London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.