What to expect from an interview by police

Ways people trip up during an interview

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Its very easy to see how people blurt out silly things in interviews, to help themselves against all logic, that couldn’t even possible be true, just because they’re so terrified by the procedure.

Even if someone is perfectly innocent of an accusation, in fact mostly if they are perfectly innocent of an accusation, they may become confused. And of course then those answers that they gave, looked at in the cold light of day, can look like guilty answers.

Probably the most common way that people trip themselves up in an interview is a little exaggeration or a little lie about some kind of little random point which they feel a bit self conscious about for some reason that has nothing to do with their innocence or guilt, but which is actually just something that they feel a bit ashamed about, a bit worried about, and they over egg the pudding. And that can have the effect of then prejudicing the way that their whole interview or their whole story is viewed later at court.

Are you emotionally fit for interview?

Well that person may have be judged fit for interview by a doctor, but it doesn’t mean that they are emotionally fit for interview. I mean think about how you would feel if you had just suffered a traumatic event. Would you even remember what you had said afterwards? We’ve all been in situations like that. Was our judgment reliable? Was our recollection reliable? But yet when one goes to court, those answers are looked at as those that you made freely and voluntarily. If you don’t feel emotionally fit – “no comment.”

Always wait for your own solicitor

What people need to do is, they will be offered of course, under the law, an option to have a solicitor of their own or a duty solicitor. It is not uncommon that police in police stations, police offices may say, ‘well if you want a solicitor that you have named, it might take us another hour and a half or two hours, or three hours’, thereby dissuading the person and saying, ‘but duty solicitor can be here at any time.’ My advice would be, it is always worth waiting for their own solicitor that they trust, because they trust that solicitor’s judgment and experience. That is not to denigrate duty solicitors, but I think it is always better where you feel confident.

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