Voluntary sex chat
Two clients with the foresight to take me along with them for their invitation to ‘chew the cud’, both had good reason to be grateful for their foresight.
Both ‘chats’ in two totally unrelated cases led to an arrest for manslaughter.
For a police officer, playing down the significance of the reason why they want to speak to you is designed in some cases simply to ensure you turn up and sometimes to ensure you turn up without a pesky solicitor in tow.
The present law governing how police interviews are carried out is the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
Have you ever been invited along to the police station for a chat? This weeks’ blog is about the police interview, and how calling an interview a ‘chat’ may be completely, and utterly, disingenuous.
If you think I’m referring to simple matters of low level crime like theft, or criminal damage, think again.
However, I’ve mainly outlined situations involving an arrest. I’ve already spoken to you about what happens on arrest in my previous blog.
So, you may be beginning to think it’s probably best to say nothing at all and wait until you’ve had legal advice.
To police officers reading this, please stop screaming at me at this point, you’re hurting my ears.
No, it doesn’t happen every time, but it does happen often enough that I need to point it out to unsuspecting members of the public.
It then gets even more complicated due to what are called ‘significant statements’, and (would you believe) ‘significant silences’, and the inferences which can be drawn from them at any subsequent trial.
People who are arrested are often likely to be very upset and quite likely to say things which can be taken out of context or misinterpreted.