What are your rights when arrested 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.
If you have been arrested or detained by police in Victoria, it is imperative you contact an experienced lawyer immediately to get the best advice and understand your rights when you have been arrested.
Call Doogue + George on 03 9670 5111 for free initial advice.