Your legal rights
Your rights and the police     

Police may search you if you freely agree, if you are under arrest or if they have reasonable grounds to suspect you are carrying illegal drugs, weapons or stolen goods.

Police may arrest you if they have a warrant, if they catch you committing an offence or have a reasonable suspicion that you have committed an offence or breached your bail.

You don't have to move on unless police believe you are obstructing, harassing or intimidating people, buying or selling drugs, or if you would be likely to frighten a reasonable person.

You don't have to answer police questions.
It's best not to answer any police questions (other than your name and address) until you have got legal advice.

You have a right to ring a lawyer from the police station.
You can call the Shopfront on 9322 4808 or 0418 407 290.

If you are under 18 you can call the Legal Aid Hotline on 1800 10 18 10.

More information about police and your rights:

Information about driving, licensing and traffic offences:

More information about legal rights for young people:

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