“I have been invited to attend an interview under Caution. What do I do?”
5 key steps to follow if you have been asked to attend an interview under caution to answer questions in respect of an alleged offence or offences:
- Don’t panic. Receiving a letter inviting you to attend an interview under caution is extremely stressful, particularly where you feel you have not committed any offence.
- Review the Letter. Carefully read the correspondence and consider what information and documents are relevant to the matters that are alleged. Note these down for your records.
- Time is of the Essence. It will take time to consider the allegations and prepare a suitable response so it is important that you act quickly.
- Free Half Hour. Call Roythornes and use your free half hour. If we are able to resolve your query within 30 minutes we will not charge you for our time. If we believe that a formal instruction is required, we will provide you with clear information on our fixed fee costs.
- Written Statement. We have extensive experience in responding to requests for interviews under caution and we usually recommend that this is done via a written statement (as opposed to attendance at an actual interview). This is your opportunity to set out why you have not committed any offence and why it would not be in the public interest to prosecute you. We will draft the written statement on your behalf but we will need you to assist by providing any information and/or documentation to us which you consider is relevant.
A carefully prepared Written Statement could prevent a criminal prosecution. In addition, the Court is entitled to draw adverse inferences if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in Court. It is therefore important that anything that you do intend to rely upon in your defence is set out (if possible) at the outset.
Case Study: See our case study on the successful work did for a client regarding a criminal investigation concerning animal welfare here.