If you have been arrested it is usually a very stressful time, not only for you but for your friends and family. If you are arrested you have the right to make a telephone call to a nominated relative or friend to advise them of your whereabouts.
If you are suspected of committing an offence you will usually be interviewed by police, whether you have been arrested or not.
Any person suspected by police of committing an offence punishable by imprisonment may be required to submit to the following Forensic Procedures: A finger prick for the purpose of obtaining DNA; A buccal swab from their cheeks for the purpos
If you are arrested on suspicion of committing an offence you have the right to apply to the officer in charge of the police station for release on bail.
There are a number of different courts in South Australia located in the Central Business District, Suburbs and Country Areas. For court locations please visit the Courts Website. Going to court is often a daunting experience.
Charges are classified according to the seriousness of the alleged conduct. The classification of a charge will determine where and when the charge can proceed.
Where a person under the age of 18 is charged with an offence the matter usually proceeds in the Youth Court rather than in the Magistrates, District or Supreme Court.
If you are required to attend court as a witness in a matter then there are certain legal protections in place to protect your interests.
If you are found guilty after trial at which you pleaded not guilty then you may apply to appeal the decision which is referred to as appealing a conviction.