Advising Suspects at the Police Station [2020]

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Colin Beaumont, legal trainer

CPD Hours: 1


This webinar is presented by Colin Beaumont and will be of huge relevance to anyone advising suspects at this early stage in the proceedings. We all know that mistakes made early on may never be capable of remedy at trial. It is therefore vitally important that anyone attending to advise clients in this important area is fully familiar with the 10 important points that will be the subject of this presentation.

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This session will cover:

  • The interview and your role in it – advising clients in relation to adverse inferences under Sections 34, 36 and 37 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • Samples – both non-intimate and intimate and the client’s room for manoeuvre
  • Disclosure – the amount of information that the police must provide prior to the interview taking place in order that adverse inferences may be drawn from any ‘no comment’ replies
  • Fingerprints – both for the database and for the investigation in the actual proceedings
  • Written statements – the circumstances in which it might be a good idea for the client to be advised to have a ‘no comment’ interview and for a written statement to be read out instead
  • The important things that do not require any consent from the suspect at the police station stage
  • The important things that do require consent from the suspect at the police station stage
  • The taking of samples to test for the presence of Class A drugs
  • The very best advice to give to the suspect after the interview has taken place
  • Identification procedures