What are my rights if I am arrested?

Compare The Solicitor 15/04/2015

If you’re arrested you are normally taken to a police station where they will hold you in custody, normally in a cell, and then question you. You are then either released or charged with a crime.

Whilst being held in custody, you have certain rights that the custody officer will explain to you. You will be searched and your possessions will be kept by the Police custody officer whilst you are in their cell. Your rights are:

  • access to free legal advice
  • the opportunity to tell someone where you are
  • receive medical help if you’re feeling ill
  • see the Codes of Practice or rules the police must follow
  • see a written notice telling you about your rights

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