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Pace & Associates Lawyers can provide you with advice on what you should expect if interviewed by police, as well as what you need to do to prepare.

Police ask may request you to attend a police station for an interview about criminal allegations. Generally this is not an arrest but a “taking into custody.” Under the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), police must read you your rights and, if necessary, explain them before they can question you. Otherwise, if you are arrested on suspicion of committing a criminal offence, immediately advise the police officer that you wish to call your lawyer at Pace & Associates Lawyers and refrain from answering any questions, so you do not incriminate yourself further.

The aim of a police interview is to obtain admissible evidence, which can be used against you in the prosecution process. Police will usually interview suspects prior to charging them with a criminal offence so this is a critical time to avoid incrimination or getting yourself in serious trouble.

While you must give your name and address when asked by a police officer, you do not have to answer any other police questions. No unfavourable inference can be drawn by a court from a person refusing or failing to answer questions during official questioning.


When an interview is over, the interviewing official, generally a police officer, may release you without charge. This can be pending a summons, or bail to attend a court hearing.

In our experience, most convictions are secured during a record of interview as individual’s are nervous, very stressed and find it difficult to relay their version of events. 

Contact Pace & Associates Lawyers for expert advice on how to handle your case and potentially prevent incrimination or charges.  

*Please note that we do not offer legal aid. 

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