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This is a rough guide to your basic rights on arrest.

 

If you are arrested keep calm and do not panic.

 

Remember that you have the right to be treated fairly and with respect at all times by the police.

 

Remember:

  • Do not discuss the case with the police until you have consulted privately with a solicitor.

  • If the police are about to arrest you or have already arrested you, there is no such thing as a 'friendly chat' to sort things out. Anything you say can later be used against you.

  • Do not agree to be interviewed without a solicitor present

  • You have the right to give a “NO COMMENT” interview.

 

If you have been arrested:

 

the police have the right to search –

  • your home, or

  • the place you were at the time of your arrest, or immediately before your arrest

You have to give the police your name and address.

 

You will also be asked for your date of birth - you don’t have to give it, but it may delay your release as it is used to run a check on the police national computer.

 

The police have the right to take your fingerprints, photo and non-intimate body samples (a saliva swab, to record your DNA). These will be kept on file, even if you are not charged.

 

 

IN THE POLICE STATION

 

You always have the right:

  • to have someone notified of your arrest (not to make a phone call yourself).

  • to consult with a solicitor of your choice privately

    • You do not have to pay

    • You do not have to use the duty solicitor

    • You do not have to use the solicitor suggested by the police

 

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