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.
Always 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.