you are (or were) interrogated

One of the most common investigative acts in a criminal investigation is the interrogation. Experience shows that judges attach great value to statements made by suspects and/or victims. The importance of good assistance during an interrogation should therefore not be underestimated.

The interrogation is bound by strict rules and, as the person being interrogated, you have a wide range of rights. For example, you have the right to remain silent, the right to be assisted by a lawyer and to consult with him in confidence, the right to request additional investigation and you cannot be forced to incriminate yourself (the so-called ‘Salduz rights’).

Of course, it is also important that the final written record of the interrogation corresponds to what was actually said. In addition, the police are not allowed to use certain interrogation techniques (e.g. pressuring or coercing a suspect, asking suggestive questions, distorting answers, lying about certain findings, using physical violence, …).

Therefore, it is always a good idea to be assisted by a specialised criminal lawyer during an interrogation. All our criminal lawyers have undergone a thorough training in providing high-quality

assistance during interrogations and can fall back on extensive experience in this area.

An interrogation can be announced in various ways. Depending on the seriousness of the interrogation or your position, the interrogation is assigned a category. There are 4 categories, each of which has its specific rights. These rights differ for each category.

Category 4:

You were deprived of your liberty as a suspect and the possibility exists that you will be brought before an investigating judge after the interrogation. In this case, you will obviously not be invited, but your lawyer will be contacted by the police or the investigating judge to assist you during the interrogation.

Category 3:

You are invited as a suspect for an interrogation about facts for which you can be deprived of your freedom. You are given the opportunity to consult a lawyer beforehand and to present yourself to the police together with your lawyer afterwards.

Category 2:

You are invited as a suspect for an interrogation about facts for which you cannot be deprived of your liberty. These are minor potential infringements.

Category 1:

You are invited as a witness or victim for acts committed by another person.

The assistance of a lawyer is allowed for all categories. If you are interrogated as a suspect, we strongly advise you to always be assisted by a lawyer. Your interrogation will be a cornerstone of the investigation and it is therefore vital that it goes well. In the categories 3 and 4 mentioned above, the content of the interrogation may also determine whether you will be remanded in custody, which only increases the importance of adequate assistance.

Our criminal lawyers are available 24/7 for assistance in category 4. So even if you are deprived of your liberty at night or in the weekend, you can ask for our assistance. All you have to do is to give the name of one of our criminal lawyers to the police and they will do the necessary to inform us.

Feel free to contact us to make an appointment or ask any additional questions by mail at [email protected].

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