Any individual questioned at a police station has a number of rights and protections. Vulnerable or young people can be supported by another person known as an appropriate adult. This might be a carer, friend or parent. Their role is to ensure understanding and protect the welfare needs of the suspect being questioned.
Any interview at a police station will result in a record of what is said and done being made. Interviews are always recorded. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 describes an interview as the questioning of a suspect as to their involvement or suspected involvement in an offence. The purpose of the interview will be to gather evidence by way of questioning and the answers made to those questions can be used as “evidence” as part of the case against the individual. The evidence might be a confession, or it might be something said that is used to show to a court that what had been said proved to be false and referred to in court.
Whatever the allegation or the reason for being questioned, whatever the case – serious or minor, this stage of any criminal case is likely to be the most important. Every individual generally has the right by law to consult with a solicitor or a Police Station Accredited Adviser before they are formally questioned.