Your rights when being questioned

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The police may question you about the crime you’re suspected of – this will be recorded. You don’t have to answer the questions but there could be consequences if you don’t. The police must explain this to you by reading you the police caution:

“You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”

This was changed in 1984, prior to 1984 the phrase was;

You have the right to remain silent, but anything you do say will be taken down and may be used in evidence

It would seem this phrase “But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court”, however, a corrupt officer could choose to utilise this information in his case against you. Whilst we do not recommend lying or withholding information. Always check with your solicitor before talking.

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