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IF ARRESTED — NO COMMENT
You do not need to talk to the police about anything. If you are arrested, giving your name and address will speed up the process of being released. Any other information may be used against you and once you start talking it can be hard to stop: so don’t say anything, it is easier! If they ask you questions, just say ‘no comment’, until you have spoken to a solicitor and don’t sign anything.
DON’T USE THE DUTY SOLICITOR
If you’re arrested you have a right to FREE legal advice. You can use a ‘duty solicitor’ but we STRONGLY advise against. If you haven’t been told at the protest of local solicitors who have experience of dealing with protesters, we recommend you use BINDMANS (020 7833 4433) who should be able to come to your interview if you are in London or otherwise advise you by phone on what to do.
DON’T GIVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS TO POLICE
When you are stopped or searched under any search powers, you don’t have to give the police your details. The only time you are legally required to give your name and address is if you are driving a vehicle or involved in a road traffic accident. If you are suspected of anti-social behavior (causing harassment, alarm or distress) or when the cops want to issue you with a summons with or fixed penalty notice, then the cops can arrest you if you fail to give them your details.
If you are arrested but you think there is no good reason for your arrest, the police may be just trying it on to get your personal details (they have a database to fill). At this point you can still refuse to tell the arresting officer and say that you will give your details to the custody officer at the police station. You may find you are simply released so it can be worth waiting it out.
AVOID LETTING THEM PHOTOGRAPH YOU
You don’t have to make it easy for them to photograph you — they have no power to force you to comply with being photographed or filmed unless you are being processed at the police station.
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