What happens if you get arrested?

If you find yourself under arrest, there are rights you should know:

  • You do not have to answer any questions except for providing your name and address and age if you are under 18.
  • If you are a female, then in the event of your arrest it is necessary for a female police officer to be present to make the arrest.
  • Women and children cannot be arrested between 6PM and 6 AM.
  • You cannot be arrested without anybody disclosing the grounds of arrest.
  • You do not need to make a statement or agree to an interview.
  • If you are going to be strip-searched, and you are female, only a female officer can perform the search. Similary, a male, can request a male police officer to perform the search.
  • You may be allowed one phone call to contact a family member or friend to tell them where you are.
  • You can request a lawyer if you are being questioned.

If you are charged you may be bailed (released), with or without conditions, to appear in court on a certain day. If you do not attend at that appointed time then a warrant will be issued for your arrest. If you are charged with a serious crime you may only be granted bail on the condition that someone is willing to provide a surety for you. A surety means someone (over the age of 18) agreeing to pay the court an amount of money if you do not attend court when you are supposed to.