police investigation

If you are contacted by the police and asked to attend the police station to be questioned, call our BMV Solicitors so that we can assist you throughout the process on  0121 248 1980 

 

If you have already been questioned without a solicitor but are required to go back to the police station at a later date, we can still help you. 

 

For those arrested and taken to the police station unexpectedly, they will be offered the services of a solicitor when they arrive at the police station. You have the right to use a solicitor of your choice and can ask the police to contact BMV Solicitors for you. 

 

We can also sometimes assist when asked to do so by friends or family of someone who has been unexpectedly arrested and taken to the police station.

Questioning

When a person is questioned at a police station about a criminal offence - whether they have been arrested or are 'helping the police with enquiries' as a volunteer - it can be one of the most frightening and distressing experiences they are likely to have. It does not matter whether the investigation appears to be for a trivial or a serious matter. 

When under stress, people make mistakes. This is all too often the case when being questioned by the police in a formal investigation.  Something said can be misinterpreted, not said clearly enough, be ambiguous or only half the explanation. Sometimes what is said can be completely wrong but not said dishonestly. The problems created at this critical stage of any criminal case can often be very damaging much later on at any trial. What may have been said mistakenly in a moment of stress and confusion will simply look like a lie or an inconsistent account in the calm of a court room. 

Anyone questioned at the police station has a number of rights and protections. Vulnerable or young people can be supported by another person known as an appropriate adult. This might be a carer, friend or parent. Their role is to ensure understanding and protect the welfare needs of the suspect being questioned.

Any interview at the police station will result in a record of what is said and done being made. Interviews are recorded. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 describes an interview as the questioning of a suspect as to their involvement or suspected involvement in an offence. The purpose of the interview will be to gather evidence by way of questioning and the answers made to those questions can be used as “evidence” as part of the case against the individual. The evidence might be a confession or it might be something said that is used to show to a court that what had been said proved to be false and referred to in court.

Whatever the allegation or the reason for being questioned, whatever the case - serious or minor, this stage of any criminal case is likely to be the most important. Every individual generally has the right to consult with a solicitor or a Police Station Accredited Adviser before they are formally questioned. 

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