Sometimes people ask me if they should “go no comment” in their police interviews.

The big problem with this question is that they’re trying to figure it out for themselves, rather than asking asking the police station rep who has seen the police evidence. And the reason some ask this question is because they just want to get this over with as quickly as possible – and they don’t understand what a big impact this interview can have on whether you are charged or ultimately are found not guilty at court.

There are so many pitfalls when talking to the police at interview. And the even bigger problem is that police station interview slip-ups can and will be used against you in court.

You might think that if you don’t say anything, you can’t slip up. But even that has potential to be used against you for failing to say something really important.

Other people just start talking and bury themselves, forgetting that it is for the CPS to prove the case against them, rather than you protesting your innocence.

How do I know what’s the right move for you?

I don’t, not until I see what hand you have been dealt.

I say it over and over and over again: when they offer you legal advice, take it.

The next step is to listen to that advice.

If, for some reason, you and the police station rep don’t work well together, remember that they can be instructed privately. I have a group of trusted police station qualified solicitors I can recommend who know the ropes and can help you navigate your way through this minefield so you can have the best possible foundation to your defence.