What to do when you are arrested

Detention: You can be held for a specific period, after which you must either be charged or released.

Inform someone: You have the right to inform someone about your arrest, such as a family member or friend.


If you get arrested in the UK, it’s important to know your rights and follow certain steps:

Stay calm: It’s essential to remain composed and cooperative with law enforcement officers.

Right to remain silent: You have the right to remain silent and not answer any questions beyond providing your name, address, and date of birth.

Legal representation: You have the right to legal representation. You can request a solicitor, and it’s generally advisable to have one present during any police interviews.

Caution: Anything you say may be used against you, so be cautious about what you disclose to the police.

Search and seizure: The police may search you or your property, but they must follow proper procedures.

Medical attention: If you need medical attention, request it immediately.

Record details: Make a note of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, including the names and badge numbers of the arresting officers.

Legal advice: Consult with a solicitor as soon as possible to understand your options and rights.


Remember that it’s essential to comply with lawful orders from the police, and any resistance or non-cooperation can lead to additional charges. Legal advice is crucial to protect your rights during the process, Southerns are always available to give you legal advice needed.

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