Police officers have the right to arrest you if:
- They believe you have broken the law.
- Have a warrant for your arrest.
- You pose a risk to a family member or members.
- The police officer must tell you that you are under arrest.
- They do not need to do this if it is difficult for them to tell you, for example if you are running away or resisting them.
What you should do
- If you are arrested, you must go with the police officer.
- If the police apprehend you and place you under arrest you need to go with them.
- If you don’t, they may charge you with resisting arrest.
- Officers may use force to arrest you if you resist.
- Reasonable force means enough force to detain you but no more.
If the police use excessive force, you may complain. This is if they arrest you for no reason or use too much force. You may ask the police officer if you are under arrest and why.
Visiting the police station for a drug test.
If the police ask you to take a drug or alcohol test, you are not under arrest. Remember, if you have been charged with public drunkenness you will usually be bailed unless there are other chargers that are serious.
You are allowed to speak with a lawyer; ask to speak with VALS. A VALS CNO will be notified and you may also want to speak with a VALS lawyer.