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Interview under caution – a guide from our criminal solicitor
28 Oct 2022

When you are arrested for a criminal offence, you will be taken to your nearest police station. While you are there, you will be interviewed about the crime that you have been arrested for.

Many people assume that interviews that happen at the police station are all the same, but this is not the case. A voluntary interview, for example, is very different to an interview under caution. For the latter, you will likely need some legal representation.

At ABV Solicitors, our team is on hand 24 hours a day and will be able to attend whichever police station you are at to offer you advice. Our criminal solicitor will be able to attend police stations 365 days a year too, so you will never be without legal representation. Great!

But what is the difference between an interview under caution and a general interview? Our criminal solicitor answers this question and many more in the following guide.

What is an interview under caution?

An interview under caution will be conducted if you are involved in or have been suspected of being involved in criminal activity, which is why you will need the help of our criminal solicitor during such an interview. This type of interview usually occurs when you are already in police custody.

These interviews can last for several hours and may even be spaced over several days. At the beginning of each interview, you will be given a caution.

Will I be arrested afterwards?

As mentioned earlier, under most circumstances, you will already be under arrest when you attend an interview with caution.

There is another kind of police interview, however, which is known as a voluntary interview, which you can be arrested after.

Reasons you will need legal representation

Whether you are attending a voluntary interview with the police linked to criminal activity or already in custody and about to attend an interview under caution, you will need a member of a legal team to support you.

Our team at ABV Solicitors will be able to offer you the legal support that you need in order to get you through any police interview. We will advise you on the right terminology to use during these interviews and liaise with the police on your behalf.

Next steps

Following a police interview under caution, the police will likely delve deeper into the investigation and may begin interviewing other witnesses or gathering evidence.

In any case, our team will immediately begin working to have the charges against you dropped, and advise you on the next steps, which may be a court appearance, depending on the severity of the crime.

We will also be gathering our own evidence to build your defence. We may even begin interviewing our own witnesses to help back up your story and will be working with other members of our team to secure your freedom or have any charges against you dropped.

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