On this page: This page outlines what may happen if you are questioned by the police. 

If you are Question by Police

Police are allowed to interview you if you are a suspect in committing a crime/offense. 

You do not need to answer any questions other than your name and address.

A
lways get legal advice if you are in custody and the police are about to interview you.

Ask to speak with a VALS lawyer

The police must caution you

The police must tell you your rights, this is called a caution;

  • I must inform you that you do not have to say or do anything but anything you say or do may be given in evidence.
  • Do you understand that?
  • I must also inform you of the following rights.
  • You may communicate with or attempt to communicate with a friend or a relative to inform that person of your whereabouts.
  • You may communicate with or attempt to communicate with a legal practitioner.


Remember these rights are to protect you.

You them to your benefit.

You may tell the officer you want to speak with a lawyer and or a friend.

If you do not understand what the police are saying ask them to explain it to you again.