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If you are accused of a public order offence, do you need to

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If you are accused of a public order offence, do you need to give an interview at a police station
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Which public order offence?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am a shop owner and I have been accused of swearing at a customer
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the police officer just come in and asked if I could come down for an interview about a public order offence, at first he would not even tell me what it was about. I have agreed to go down on Monday 29th august, but after I thought did I have to was it voluntary
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

You don't have to attend a voluntary interview but if you have a defence it is generally a good idea to do so.

The only real benefit in not doing so is that if you have no defence and you cannot answer questions for that reason then you would avoid the adverse inference in the no comment interview.

If you don't they will either just arrest you or summons you to court.

If you can deny it then you should really be doing so.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
if I don't go on 29th for the interview, can they just arrest me?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

They can arrest you at any time.

They are just offering a voluntary interview to save on labour.