The Legal Rights When You Are Arrested in UK

Updated on Wednesday 01st June 2016

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If the police suspect you of being implicated in a crime, the police officers can arrest you and, in this situation, you will temporarily lose your right to freedom. While the individual is under arrest and in police custody, he will still have a number of other rights available and laws which will protect him. He/she can get legal advice from a criminal solicitor in London who will represent him/her at the police station. 

The legal rights in case of arrest

When making an arrest, the authorities have the obligation to tell the suspect that he/she will be in custody and after that, the police will use reasonable force to arrest him/her. After this procedure, the police will explain to the suspect why he/she is arrested and also will read the police caution, which advises him/her of the right to remain silent and not to say anything.

However, it may damage the person’s defence if he/she doesn’t declare anything when questioned. If the police make an arrest at a scene, other than a police station, they should bring the suspect to a police station immediately.

The legal rights at the police station

When being at the police station, the suspect will be informed by the police about his/her legal rights, such as:

•    asking for legal advice and assistance;
•    accessing the police Codes of Practice;
•    notifying someone of the arrest.

The police will also inform the suspect that his/her right to legal advice can be applied at any time during the period of arrest, named detention. The police should give to the arrested person written a notice of his/her rights while attending a police station and advise him of his/her right to obtain a copy of the custody documentation upon liberating from imprisonment.

If the suspect requests someone to be announced of his/her arrest, the police need to grant the request quickly. The police officer authorizing a delay must have logical grounds for believing that informing someone of his/her custody would, for instance, would compromise the facts.If a delay in submitting the suspect’s request is approved, the police should inform the suspect and write down the reason for the delay on the custody documentation. The maximum delay is 36 hours and 48 hours in a situation of a terrorist offence.

If you are suspect in a criminal case, you have the right to receive legal assistance and proper guidance, so please feel free to contact our team of defence solicitors in London.