Being arrested

If you get arrested try to stay calm and don't panic. It is your right to be treated fairly and with respect.

As the saying goes, you do not have to say anything to the police but if you are later charged with a crime and you have not mentioned, when questioned, something that you later rely on in court, then this may be taken into account when deciding if you are guilty or not.

There might be a very good reason why you do not wish to say anything to the police, and you should not be forced or pressurised into answering questions. Ask for a solicitor to visit you at the police station as soon as possible. If you don't have a solicitor the police will provide you with one, the duty solicitor.

For more information on the law and your rights, contact Citizens Advice

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