Being arrested:

  • The police should caution you and inform you that you have been arrested.
  • The police must tell you the crime they think you have committed
  • They may use reasonable force to arrest you, therefore do not resist arrest. They may use handcuffs
  • You will be interviewed by the police.

At the police station:

  • You have the right to inform someone about your arrest. You may want your solicitor to contact your family if you feel speaking to them will leave you or them distressed.
  • You have the right to legal advice.
  • It’s advised you contact a solicitor at the first opportunity before speaking to the police.
  • You should comply with requests to take your DNA and photos but be aware that these could become public.
  • You don’t have to remove your hijab for photos.


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