When dealing with the police it’s important to try and stay calm. Don’t resist, swear or be abusive or violent. It can also be really helpful to know your rights.
- You’re legally required to give police your name and address if they ask. If you’re under 17, it’s also in your interest to give them your date of birth.
- You only have to go to the police station if you’re under arrest.
- If you’re under 18, police must not formally question you without a parent or guardian present. If they’re unavailable, an independent third person should be there.
- Police have to give you a number to call a 24-hour Legal Aid lawyer before the interview if you ask for it.
- Outside of your name and address, you have the right to remain silent. It can be a good idea to just say ‘no comment’ if you’re unsure.
You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect by police. If you’re mistreated and would like to make a complaint, you may need legal aid. Make sure you write down everything that happened as soon as possible, including the names of the police officers you dealt with, as well as the time and date.
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