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You and the police

This is a guide to what you can do and what you must do when you are questioned or arrested by the police. If you are in trouble with the police and at a police station, you should ask to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer’s job is to help and advise you, to look after your rights and to see that you are treated according to the law, regardless of whether you’ve committed a crime.

This guide covers:

  • Contacts with the police
  • Powers of the police
  • Special rights for children and young people
  • Fingerprints and photographs
  • At the police station
  • Complaints about the police

Last updated on the 1st December 2018