1. What are my obligations if I am arrested?
If you are arrested, you are obligated to answer questions regarding your identity including name, address and date of birth only. You have a right to refuse to answer any other questions. You may also refuse to be involved in an identification parade (line – up), however if you do police may then be allowed to conduct a photographic identification.
2. Who can gain access to my criminal record?
No-one unless you have given consent or it is at the request of police or an authorised public body.
3. How can a Solicitor help if someone is called to attend a police interview or is arrested?
A solicitor may:
- Advise you of your rights.
- Explain any charges against you.
- Explain your options.
- Advise on any possible penalties.
- Attend a police interview with you.
- Make a bail application for you in court where you are bail-refused.
- Represent you at court.