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I need legal advice, about a accident last week, i am on police

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I need legal advice, about a accident last week, i am on police bail at the minute, being interviewed about incident on Tuesday 8th april, can you advise me on the details ?
A friend of mine rang me to help him on some work on his own house, he had scaffold all around it, i am on the sick and have crones disease, and cannot be away from the loo for long. Any way i went to help him and he had 3 men there helping him , whilst i was there , 1 man fell and had a fit, he got up after the fit , and said he was ok, and my fiend decided to take him home after his repeated requests to do so from the man, i didnt know what to do , so agreed, to help, as he seemed fine,he was taken home and went to bed, later that night , he was watching a video, with his friends, and the following morning, was found dead, i have been arrested for perverting the course of justice... what can i do ... please help
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Hi.

Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

How can I help with this?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have been bailed to appear for interview, about the incident, and currently charged with perverting the course of justice . i did not see the accident, i just tried to help, and i didn't decide to call a ambulance as he seemed fine and wanted home so i agreed, withe 3 other men, after i safely seen him home i went home myself , next morning he was found dead, the police broke into my home and arrested me and charged me Thursday with perversion of the course of justice , and i am being interviewed on tuesday the 8th, about the incidnt any why 1 week later after his death did i not go forward to tell my story. My friend did tll me he was dealing with it, and i have heard nothing until i got arrested

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Ok.

So what would you like to know about this?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i also had a accident 8 years ago, i was badly beaten, i was institutionalized and have had mental health problems since that incident, so when arrested i was so scared i reverted back to how i was, a doctor examined me, and took my driving license off me, and rescheduled the interview , till next week, as he in his oppinion, said i was a ill man and dealing with that was too much .. so i need to get my statement ready for tuesday. i havenever been arrested, have a enhanced crb, was a licensee for 25 years , and have a full clean record... can you advise me please

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thanks.

I need to know what your question is?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

how do i answer the interview, without getting into trouble, i have never been arrested before, or in this situation

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Well, it depends.

On the facts that you mention above you should be offered your account in interview as you did not commit the offence.

Obviously I haven't seen the case against you or the strength of the evidence but there is likely to be more to this than that.

I don't know what the perverting is here. I imagine that they are saying you concealed some evidence in some way.

In any event, you deny that so you should be offering a comment interview.

Obviously nobody can guarantee that you will not be charged though.

Ultimately you can only either tell the truth or say nothing in the course of a criminal investigation. Since you do have a defence its a good idea to offer it early.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

also they way the police came into my home, plain clothed, no badges , i just went hysterical , and couldn't answer any questions at all, besides using the loo, 30 times during my 12 hour police station ordeal. That is why i am so hysterical about all this. But I see your meaning on concealment... on the leaving the hous where the accident was, i went and got my coat and my tools put them in my vehicle,and followed my friend with my car to the injured man's house and put him to bed, i was then told he always has fit's and he will deal with it all, i never went back , now all this trouble is killing me ...please help

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
I imagine they are probably saying that he died and you left thereafter although you would still need to have taken some action to conceal evidence.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i am telling the truth of events, could you tell me with the little i have told you, what is the worse outcome of all this please

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
I really wouldn't focus on the worst outcome. Its not very positive. I would concentrate on getting off.

I'm afraid that if you are convicted of perverting the course of justice you will be going to prison for many years.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

but i did nothing wrong, i only tried to help...how can this be ...omg.. please help me please

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Ok. So what would you like to know?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

may i call you ?

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
We can only have contact online under the rules of this site I'm afraid.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

so do i prepare my statement of what i think happened and tell the truth on the situation , because i am really not able to control my pain of my illness and this trauma

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
You don't make statements.

You are under investigation. You go into the police station and answer their questions under caution. Its an interview not a statement.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ok thank you, may i talk to you tomorrow please

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Yes, I will be here.

Please remember to rate my answer.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ok from what time can i speak to you please tomorrow

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ok from what time can i speak to you please tomorrow thank you i will speak tomorrow .

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
I'm here now?