The Right to Remain Silent - What Happens in a Criminal Proceeding?

Updated on Thursday 15th November 2018

The innocence of an individual accused of crimes in UK stands still until, in a criminal proceeding, the culpability is demonstrated by the prosecution. The right to remain silent is a fundamental principle granted for persons accused of crimes in UK, meaning that the offender doesn’t need to declare if he/she is guilty of crimes or not. Our criminal defence solicitors in London are at the disposal of persons who have been accused of serious crimes in UK and who need legal advice in this situation.

What not to do if you don’t want to lose the right to remain silent

Remaining silent while being questioned at the police station is one of the most important rights a person can have. It is extremely important to testify at the time the trial begins, and if an offender chooses not to do so, the right to remain silent may be lost. This is an important modification brought to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and all the provisions of this set of law can be entirely explained by our team of criminal defence solicitors in London.

The cases in which the offender doesn’t testify

The right to remain silent can be lost if the offender decides to make a testimony in the court of law and plead not guilty of crimes. If a reason for not testifying has been put forward by the accused, the jury may reflect on it and accepted it without drawing the interpretations on the case. 

Legal advice at the police station

The right to remain silent is of high importance, especially if a person accused of crimes is kept into police custody and asks for legal advice. As a main recommendation at the police station, offenders should be aware of their right to remain silent and answer to no questions until legal assistance and support is provided by a criminal defence lawyer in London. They can explain the rights of a person who was accused of crimes and who was detained by the police. Likewise, if the case goes further in the court of law, the advisors can represent the case and the offender in front of the authorities.

We invite you to get in touch with our criminal solicitors in London and ask for legal advice in the case you have been sent into police custody.