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 arrested on suspicion of having committed an offence then you also have the following rights:
Once you have been arrested police must take you straight away to the nearest police station so that you may be charged and apply for bail. If you are within 30 Kilometre of the General Post Office then the nearest police station is any police station within that 30 kilometre radius.
However, if you have been arrested on a charge which is punishable by a period of imprisonment of more than 2 years the police may detain you for up to four hours before charging you and take you to places connected to the offence you are suspected to have committed.
The period of time you may be detained without charge may be extended with the permission of a Magistrate and does not include time taken to travel to the police station or awaiting your lawyer.
If you have been arrested you will usually be interviewed and then taken to the officer in charge of the police station so you can apply for bail. You may also be required to undergo forensic procedures.
We can provide you with advice as to your rights and obligations if you have been arrested.