Tip: What should you do if you are summoned to the police station?

You receive a letter from the Chief Constable. The letter informs you of what you have been accused of. You will be given an opportunity to make a statement. For this purpose you will be requested to call in at the police station at a certain time. Your first and most natural reaction is a desire to sort out the matter by setting the record straight.

The won’t believe you

Even if you have nothing to hide, don’t on any account do this. You are entitled to have your version of events heard (right to a fair hearing). But you cannot force the authorities to believe you. It doesn’t matter how upright a citizen you are, or whether you are in the right: at the moment you are in the position of defendant. In this role people usually tend to disbelieve you! Whatever you say could – at least in part – confirm certain incriminating information which the police may have. This could later be used against you.

You are not obliged to appear

And more: Your legal position is not the same as in a TV thriller. You are not obliged to appear if you are summoned by the police. You have a right to say nothing. Use that right! You are only obliged to give accurate personal details (name, date of birth, address). As a matter of politeness you should cancel the appointment at the police station, but do not allow yourself to get involved in any discussion.

But please note: don’t at this point bury your head in the sand! The matter will not be sorted out by itself. You need the advice of an experienced defence lawyer. He will apply for access to the records and will discuss with you your best course of action. Only in this way will you be able to learn details of the evidence against you. Then there is still time to refute it.

Contact your lawyer

The sooner you engage the defence counsel, the sooner and more effectively he can set the wheels in motion for you to achieve the best possible conclusion to the proceedings.