EMMA Simoes, of GHP Legal, answers a legal question...

Q: Last month I was involved in an accident along the main road near where I live when I was driving to work.

Today I got a phone call from the police. They said they were contacting me because they wanted me to make an appointment to go to the police station for interview.

They said I was being asked to go in for interview on a voluntary basis.

Do I need a solicitor?

A: It is becoming increasingly frequent for the police to conduct interviews under caution on a voluntary basis and not under arrest.

We cannot emphasise enough that you should always arrange for a solicitor to attend the interview with you.

Being interviewed on a voluntary basis isn’t just a formality or having a quick word with the police.

It is as serious as if the police had arrested you to carry out the interview.

Even if you are not arrested, criminal proceedings may still be brought against you.

Regardless of your income, means or assets and regardless of the nature of the allegation, everyone is entitled to free and independent legal advice at the police Station.

Why would you not avail yourself of free advice from a qualified representative?

Being interviewed at a police station can be a very daunting and intimidating experience.

The risks of making a mistake by not having legal representation could affect you for the rest of your life.

Having the advice and assistance of a competent solicitor representing your interests at such time will assist greatly in alleviating this. It will also to ensure the best possible outcome.

At GHP Legal, we have a representative available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You should always contact a law firm if you need advice or representation in such circumstances.

Further information relating to this question is available from Emma Simoes, a Partner with GHP Legal.

For an appointment visit www.ghplegal.com or contact one of our offices: Oswestry 01691 659194, Chirk 01691 777949, Wrexham 01978 291456, Llangollen 01978 860313.

We offer free legal diagnostic clinics (no appointment necessary).

In Oswestry, Wednesdays 12noon-3pm for personal injury, employment and family matters.

In Wrexham, Mondays 9.30am-12noon for employment matters, 12noon – 3pm for personal injury and family matters.

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