Never explain to the Police.
If the Police arrive to lock you up, say nothing. You are a decent person andyou may think that reasoning with the Police will help. “If I can onlyexplain, they will realise it is all a horrible mistake and go away”. Wrong.We do want to talk to you on tape in an interview room but that comeslater. All you are doing by trying to explain is digging yourself further in. Wecall that stuff a significant statement and we love it. Decent folk can’t helpthemselves, they think that they can talk their way out. Wrong.
To do anything more than lock you up for a few hours we need to prove acase. The easiest route to that is your admission. Without it, our case maybe a lot weaker, maybe not enough to charge you with. In any case, it isalways worth finding out exactly how damning the evidence is before youfall on your sword. So don’t do the decent and honourable thing and admitwhat you have done. Don’t even deny it or try to give your side of the story.Just say nothing. No confession and CPS are on the back foot already. Theyforsee a trial. They fear a trial. They are looking for any excuse to send youhome free.
Keep your mouth shut.
Say as little as possible to us. At the custody office desk a Sergeant will askyou some questions. It is safe to answer these. For the rest of the time, saynothing.
Claim Suicidal Thoughts.
A debatable one this. Claiming to be thinking about topping yourself hasseveral benefits. If you can keep it up, it might just bump up anycompensation payable later. On the other hand you may find yourself in apaper suit with someone watching your every move.
Always always always have a solicitor.
Duh. No brainer this one. Unless you know 100% for sure that your mate thesolicitor does criminal law and is good at it, ask for the Duty Solicitor. Theycertainly do criminal law and they are good at it. Then listen to what thesolicitor says and do it. Their job is to get you off without the Cops or CPSlaying a glove on you if at all possible. It is what they get paid for. They arefree to you. There is no down side. Now decent folks think it makes themlook like they have something to hide if they ask for a solicitor. Irrelevant.Going into an interview without a solicitor is like taking a walk in Tottenhamwith a big gold Rolex. Bad things are very likely to happen to you. I wouldn’tdo it and I interview people for a living.