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Your Rights When Arrested and Taken to a Police Station in Victoria

Once you have been detained, the police are required by law to comply with the following safeguards:

  • As soon as practicable after you have been detained, the police are to caution you and provide you with a summary of your rights and certain police powers;
  • Before any investigative procedure starts, they must inform you orally and in writing that you are able to communicate with a friend, relative, independent person or legal practitioner.
  • In certain circumstances they can refuse to let you make a call.
  • The Police must provide you with reasonable facilities to communicate with a friend, relative, independent person or legal practitioner if you request.
  • They should defer any investigative procedure which you are to participate until the independent person or legal practitioner arrives at the police station;
  • You should be advised that a friend, relative, independent person or legal practitioner is seeking information about the whereabouts of the detained person.
  • You have the right to an interpreter.
  • You have the right to medical attention.
  • You have the right to reasonable refreshments and facilities.