Your basic rights and responsibilities when dealing with Police

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Being arrested is distressing situation for anyone. It is extremely important to seek immediate legal advice or representation when you have been approached or arrested by police.

The power for the police to arrest a person in NSW is given under the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002. A police officer may arrest a person without a warrant if the police officer suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a person is committing or has committed an offence and the arrest is necessary for reasons such as:


Important Rights

If you are arrested, its important to understand your rights. Some of these rights include:

Types of searches

There are two (2) primary types of searches including a frisk search and a strip search.

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