what to do when arrested

Getting arrested by the police is a very frightening experience, but if this happens, it’s important that you stay calm, know your rights, and handle the situation as best you can. The following guide should give you an idea of how to respond in the event of your arrest:

  • Stay calm. Struggling, fighting back, or otherwise resisting arrest may lead to further charges being brought against you.

  • Are you really being arrested? The police are allowed to stop and question you at any time; they may also search you if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that you are carrying weapons, drugs, or stolen property. However, just because the police are questioning or searching you doesn’t mean you are being arrested.

  • Find out what you are charged with. If you are arrested, the police must tell you what crime they think you have committed. Some convictions will impact on your future career, so it is important to find out what you are charged with right away.

  • Think before accepting a caution. For minor offences, the police may give you a caution instead of arresting and charging you. A caution can only be administered if you admit your guilt; being cautioned instead of charged means that you can go free, but while it is not the same as a criminal conviction, a caution may still impact on your future career. Never accept a caution without thinking first, especially if you are not guilty of the crime in question.

  • Tell someone where you are. Once you have been arrested, you have the right to let somebody know that you are in custody.

  • Speak with the victim if possible. If there is a victim, they may be able to take action to alleviate the situation. However, you should never approach the victim before asking a police officer if there are any restrictions preventing you from doing so.

  • Talk to someone. After your arrest, you should talk to your parents, the NUS, a counselling service, a student advice centre, or somebody else in whom you can confide. They will help you to deal with the aftermath of your arrest, and may be able to help prevent it from happening again.
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