What is an Interview Under Caution?

If a person is suspected of having committed or been involved in committing any Criminal Offence (including certain Road Traffic offences); then an individual MUST be ‘cautioned’ before any questions can be put to them.

This means that a Police Officer (or other Investigating Officer) must say to the person being interviewed:

“You do not have to say anything. 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”.

What you do or do not say during interview therefore is extremely important in the police deciding the outcome of their investigation and what action should be taken against you.

If you have:

  1. Been arrested
  2. Going to be arrested
  3. Informed that the Police wish to interview you on a voluntary basis. (Please note that any such voluntary interview can be at the Police Station, your place of work or even at your home!)

Then you ARE ENTITLED to FREE and INDEPENDENT Legal Advice and Representation at that interview. This is an important entitlement to protect YOUR basic legal rights throughout the interview process.

Lawtons Solicitors provide a team of highly motivated, highly experienced and good quality Legal Representatives who are available 24 hours per day and 7 seven days per week throughout the year. We are criminal defence solicitors based in London & the Home Counties.

You can have it… so use it!

Nb. This guide is intended to give general information only and not intended to be used as the basis upon which Advice is given nor should it be relied upon as giving advice specific to a case or individual and Lawtons do not accept liability for anyone using this guide. Should you require specific advice in connection with a real case or situation, please contact us immediately so that we can provide specific Advice