Voluntary Police Interview – all you need to know
In a nutshell, a voluntary interview in a police station is a process by which a person is asked
to come in to answer questions about a criminal investigation. Unlike an arrest, a voluntary
interview is not compulsory, and the person being interviewed has the right to leave at any
During a voluntary interview, the person being interviewed will be asked a series of questions
about the crime under investigation. The interview will be conducted by one or more police
officers, who will take notes and may record what is said. The person being interviewed has
the right to have a solicitor present throughout, and the police must inform them of this right.
If the suspect chooses not to parcipitate and the police believe they have committed a crime,
they may choose to arrest them at any time. This means that anything said during the
voluntary interview could be used as evidence against them in court.
If you are asked to participate in a voluntary interview, it is important to seek legal advice
and to consider your options carefully before making a decision, to ensure you understand the
difference between that and being arrested, and what you need to do to protect yourself.
Although it is a ‘voluntary’ interview, you should not simply refuse to attend. You are well
within your rights to decline, but this could result in the police deciding to arrest instead,
enabling them to carry out a standard police interview. If you attend for a voluntary
interview, Lawise will contact the police to ensure we have as much disclosure as possible in
relation to the allegations and will then advise you on whether to answer police questions.
It’s important to realise just how serious a voluntary police interview can be. If you are asked
to attend a voluntary police interview, it usually means that the police suspect you of some
involvement in a crime. De