Police stations - Rights
What are my rights when I am arrested?
If the police arrest you, you have the right to:
- get free legal advice,
- ask the police to tell someone you have been arrested, and
- look at the Codes of Practice. This is a book about what the police can do and how they should do things.
If you are vulnerable because of a mental illness, you have the right to have an appropriate adult. An appropriate adult can be a family member or friend. But there are professionals who work in police stations as appropriate adults.
An appropriate adult is there to help you communicate with the police and understand what is going on.
You can find out more about ‘Appropriate adult’ here.
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