What to do if you are arrested
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Many people do not fully understand their legal rights after they have been arrested. This can be a very stressful time for the person involved, as well as for their friends and family. It is worth keeping in mind the following dos and don’ts. Here’s what to do:
- Alway be polite to the officers concerned, and to any administration staff with whom you have contact.
- When asked, you are required to give your name and address.
- You are entitled to ask politely why you have been arrested.
- At the first opportunity, you should tell the police you wish to apply for bail.
Here’s what to avoid:
- During and after your arrest, it is important that you don’t argue with the police.
- Dont resist arrest.
- It is also important that you do not plead guilty or say you intend to plead guilty until you have consulted a lawyer.
- You are only required to give your name and address, so we recommend that you do not answer any questions, give a statement or sign anything until you have spoken to a lawyer.
After you have been arrested, you are entitled to telephone a friend or a lawyer. We recommend you call us. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 8231 1110. If you call after hours you can leave a message and one of our specialist criminal lawyers will call you back. Anything you say to your lawyer will be totally confidential.