Hi All, I would like to keep this as short as possible - so that I don't overload everyone with information but I ended up writing quite a bit. Thank you in advance to anyone who reads this in entirety, it is truly appreciated. I would really appreciate any help and opinions on this matter. Firstly, I have never had any criminal convictions. Approximately one month ago, I was phoned by a constable who informed me that I was a suspect for an alleged assault allegation, which apparently occurred a few months ago. I was completely caught by surprise, as I had no idea what the constable was referring to. I tried to ask him for more information but was denied this. I was requested to come into the station for a formal police interview. I was told that I also had the right to refuse this. I stress, that I absolutely had no idea what this was about, and also voiced this concern to the constable. He recommended that I seek legal advice and that he would call me back a few days later. I did some research online and decided that I would decline the interview. A lot of the information I read lead me to believe that if I declined the interview, that this whole debacle would disappear as I have not committed any crimes and surely they could not charge me as there would be no evidence to support this ridiculous allegation. Thursday came, the day the constable said he would ring me, but I didn't receive a phone call. Then another few days passed, then a month. I truly thought that it was a mistake and that I had worried for nothing. Albeit, finally two days, I received a call again from the same constable. He asked me if I recalled our last conversation and whether I had sought legal advice. I informed him that I would like to formally decline the interview and that I will not be coming into the station to formally decline. I said that I would send him a written letter. He seemed displeased - but confirmed that this was fine to do. Again, I thought this would soon be over after I sent the letter to decline, it would all be behind me. Tonight I received a call again from the constable. He asked me whether I was at home. I actually wasn't home and I asked what the reason was for asking this. He told me that he was outside my residence, and so I asked what his purpose was. I was told by the constable that he was trying to serve me with some paperwork. I knew what this meant, I understood that it means that the police are going to charge me with an offence and that they are legally required to serve me in person in order to notify me that I need to appear in court. Trying to think as quickly as possible, I said, 'I spoke to you yesterday and I declined the interview'. He responded with, 'yes but that doesn't mean you are going to get charged'. He asked me what a good time would be to serve me, and suggested Sunday. I told him that I would call him back with a suitable time. Outcome - Again, thank you all who have made it this far. I apologize for the long winded question. Here are my questions: - Can anyone tell me what my rights are under criminal law? - If I get served, what is usually the time between being charged and being required to appear in court? - Does anyone think this is majorly weird? It just doesn't seem right at all... I haven't committed any crimes yet this is happening. - All opinions on this matter are more than welcome, it's stressing my brains out. Thank you all.