Question: What Happens If You Don’T Attend A Voluntary Police Interview?

How long is a police interview?

How long does the police interview go for.

An interview can go for a number of hours.

If it is a “no comment” interview it will be much shorter and is often over within 10 – 20 minutes.

The police will often leave you waiting for a long time prior to interviewing you..

Do you legally have to answer police questions?

Even if you have been arrested and charged you do not have to answer police questions. The police usually will not tell you about your right to remain silent unless they have decided to charge you with a criminal offence. A police officer is only allowed to use ‘reasonable force’ to carry out their job.

What is the Garrity Law?

The basic premise of the Garrity protection is straightforward: First, an Officer cannot be compelled, by the threat of serious discipline, to make statements that may be used in a subsequent criminal proceeding; second, an Officer cannot be terminated for refusing to waive his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

Can you refuse to be interviewed by police?

You have a right to refuse to do a Police interview – the Right to Silence. … It doesn’t matter where the Police question you – on the street, at your house, or while you are under arrest or in custody – you are legally entitled to stay silent and refuse to answer questions.

Can you refuse to go in for questioning?

Even if you’re not the subject of a criminal investigation, you always have the right to decline to answer police questions. This applies whether an officer approaches you on the street, calls you to come into the station for questioning, or even after you’re arrested.

What is a voluntary interview at a police station?

A voluntary interview is where a police officer asks you to attend at a police station to be interviewed about a criminal offence.

What rights does a person have if they attend the police station voluntarily?

Whether you attend voluntarily or after being arrested, once at the police station you have a ‘right to remain silent’. This means that you do not have to answer questions about the alleged offence, except in certain limited cases (See our Article titled: Do I have to answer questions when approached by police?).

Why do you say no comment in a police interview?

But it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. … Today, courts can use silence (or no comment answers) as an inference of guilt. This means that saying nothing, in some cases, can do more harm than good.

What to do if police ask you to come in for questioning?

Police can ask you to accompany them to a police station for questioning, but you are not required to go unless you have been arrested for an offence. You should speak to a lawyer before you speak to the police. You may arrange for a lawyer or other person to be present during questioning.

What does it mean when the police want to interview you?

“You’re Not Under Arrest; We Just Want to Speak with You” When police begin calling someone at home or work asking for answers to a few questions, it usually means they think the person is connected to a crime.

Can the police hold you for questioning?

A person has a general right to remain to silent after being arrested in NSW. … The law requires the police to inform the arrested person that they do not have to say or do anything in response to questioning and that anything they say or do may be used in court.

What happens if you don’t go to a voluntary police interview?

What happens if you decide not to attend as a volunteer? You face a real risk of being arrested. There is a risk that the police could withhold communication from you and/or deny you access to legal advice. You are much more likely to be stressed and disadvantaged when interviewing finally happens.