Question: Can You Say No Comment In A Police Interview?

Why do you say no comment in a police interview?

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.

Today, courts can use silence (or no comment answers) as an inference of guilt.

This means that saying nothing, in some cases, can do more harm than good..

What happens if you don’t attend a voluntary police interview?

If you refuse to attend the police station for a voluntary interview and the police have reasonable grounds to suspect that you have committed a crime, they may arrest you and charge you. If you have been arrested, you are required to comply and attend the police station, but you don’t have to answer police questions.

Why do solicitors tell you to say no comment?

There is no magic to the phrase no comment. It is simply a device for a suspect to indicate that they have no intention of answering police questions. It allows the police to put questions and the interview to progress easily.

How long does it take the police to investigate a crime?

One of the main roles of the NSW Police Force is to detect and investigate crime and prosecute offenders. The investigation of a crime can take weeks, months or even longer depending upon the amount and type of evidence required to complete the investigation.

What does no comment really mean?

No comment indicates that the speaker does not choose to say anything on the subject, and it is automatically invalidated if the speaker then comments or answers questions. It is not a request for the material to be considered off the record or otherwise kept confidential.

What can I say instead of No comment?

Here are six alternatives to the words “no comment”.“I think it would be clearer if I first explained….”,“I don’t have all the facts to be able to answer that question accurately but I can tell you that …” (continue with your key message),“To answer that you must consider the following points…”More items…

What happens in a voluntary police interview?

A voluntary attendance is a police station interview when the volunteer attends to assist the police with an investigation and they are NOT under arrest. Volunteers have the right to access independent legal advice and are free to leave the police station at any time unless and until they are arrested.

Why do police ask for voluntary interviews?

Voluntary interviews can take place in relation to historical sexual abuse, rape or fraud allegations. The police often invite young, mentally disordered or vulnerable suspects to attend as a volunteer if they are to be interviewed.

What is a significant comment?

You should ask the suspect whether they confirm or deny that earlier statement or silence and if they wish to add anything. 34. A significant statement is one which appears capable of being used in evidence against the suspect (e.g. an unsolicited comment relevant to the offence, such as an admission of guilt).

What is a no comment police interview?

Make “NO COMMENT” to all questions. There is no such thing as a friendly chat with a police officer. Everything you say can and will likely be used as evidence. If they interview you, give a “No Comment” interview, unless under explicit advice from a good solicitor to make a written statement.

Is it rude to say no comment?

Short of cursing and admitting guilt or failing to show remorse, it is very likely the worst thing you can say. By saying “no comment,” you often imply guilt or culpability. Try to avoid phrases that sound like, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” from the “Wizard of Oz.”

What do you say when someone says no comment?

You might open by saying: “I wish I could comment on that (or “help you,” or “share that information with you,” or something similar and relevant), (use reporter’s name).”

Who can attend a police interview?

This can be a lawyer or another adult. If you are 14 or older, you can choose who you want to call. If you are under 14, the Police will ask your parents or guardian to attend, unless your parents agree that someone else can take the role.

Why you should remain silent?

Remaining silent will allow your attorney to provide you with an even better defense. When police state that “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” they are absolutely serious. Many times, the statements defendants make immediately after an arrest are used in court by the prosecution.

What happens if I don’t attend an interview under caution?

If you don’t go to the interview, and they don’t have enough information to decide if you committed fraud, it could mean that they have to drop the case against you. On the other hand, the DWP say that it’s in your best interests to attend, and some other advisers agree.