Being arrested can be a very confusing and stressful experience & it is very important that you understand your rights.

If you’re arrested, you will be taken to the police station, held in custody in a cell and then questioned. The officer at the police station must explain your rights. You have the right to:

  1. Get free legal advice
  2. Notify someone of your arrest
  3. See the rules the police must follow (‘Codes of Practice’).  You also have the right to get medical assistance if you’re unwell or injured

Young people and vulnerable adults

The police must contact your parent, guardian or carer if you’re under 18 or a vulnerable adult. They must also find an ‘appropriate adult’ to come to the station to help you and be present during questioning and searching.  This can include your parent, guardian, social worker, family member or friend over 18 years of age.

Hayes Law Solicitors & Advocates we have a number of highly qualified and experienced police station representatives to assist you at all stages of the police station process. We are available 24 hours a day.  Should you be arrested outside of normal working hours simply contact our emergency number on 0771 760 6639.  Provide the police with this number when they ask you about your solicitors and we will turn up as and when you need us.

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