Police Interviews

If the police suspect that you have information about an offence, they may ask you to attend a police interview. You do not have to attend.

Only if you have been arrested can you be compelled to attend. If that is the case you should contact Michael Gatenby of Gatenby Criminal Lawyers before participating in a police interview. We can advise you of your rights and/or attend with you during the interview.

Whether you attend voluntarily or after being arrested, you will have a generally have a ‘right to remain silent’ at the police station. This means that you do not have to answer questions about the alleged offence, except in certain limited cases.

Any answers you voluntarily give police is admissible in evidence and can later be used in Court against you. The admission may, under certain circumstances be admissible in evidence even if it is obtained by the Police improperly or illegally.

You should provide your name, address and date of birth. You should not answer any other questions until you have contacted Michael Gatenby and obtained advice.

“I have been advised that I have the right to remain silent and that I need only provide my name, address and date of birth.  I wish to exercise my right to remain silent and will not answer any further questions.  I wish to contact my lawyer, Michael Gatenby on 55800120 and ask that questioning be delayed while you contact him.”

Gatenby Criminal Lawyers are available to attend a Police station or provide advice after hours if the Police want to interview you.

For after hours advice you should contact Michael Gatenby on 0457 999 022.

Experienced criminal lawyers are used to dealing with police and can ensure that your rights are protected and minimise your exposure to risk. If you or someone you know has been contacted by police to attend an interview, contact Gatenby Criminal Lawyers urgently on 55800 120.