Being arrested is not the kind of thing that anyone wants to experience. Yet, it can happen to anyone at any time. Even if you are innocent, you might one day find yourself being arrested for something you didn’t do, or because of a misunderstanding. Such an incident is traumatic to say the least, but you can help the situation along by knowing what your rights are if it should happen. You have certain rights which the police have to uphold, and it is worth knowing what they are beforehand so that you are better prepared. Let’s take a look at what those rights are.
To Legal Advice
After you are arrested and before you are questioned, the police officer must inform you of your legal right to free legal advice. In all criminal cases, having legal advice is considered to be necessary. What’s more, you will almost certainly feel that it is necessary. If you want legal advice, you can tell the police officer, and they will arrange it for you. Of course, you might decide that you want your own solicitor, in which case you can ask to contact them too. This is an important right, as it might stop you from doing or saying anything which could hurt your case.
To Complain About Treatment
If you feel that the police have unfairly treated you badly during the arrest, then you have the right to complain about it. You can do this during, in which case it has to be investigated straight away, or after the fact if you prefer. If you complain about how you are treated, you might want to prepare yourself for not being believed. Nonetheless, all complaints have to be taken seriously and investigated fully, so it is worth doing if you feel it is necessary.
To Be Treated Humanely
At all times throughout the arrest procedure and while in custody, the police officers must treat you humanely and with respect. This is a basic right which you have, and you should make sure that you make a complaint if it is not adhered to. It is unlikely that you will be treated inhumanely, of course, but it has happened in the past, so it is worth knowing that you don’t have to put up with it. Having this right means that the police can’t just abuse you and throw you around.
To Know Why You Are Being Arrested
This should go without saying, but it is worth bearing in mind. Yo do always have the right to know why you are being arrested in the first place. At the moment of arrest, the police need to tell you why they are arresting you - otherwise, it is an invalid arrest. You don’t have to agree, of course, but you do need to know what it is that you are accused of. If they do not say, then this is grounds for having the whole case thrown out.