Police Powers – Your Rights

A guide to your rights when dealing with police.

This information is current at August 2018.

If you are ever in trouble with police, you should seek legal advice immediately! This kit is only a guide, and you may find that your interactions with police do not always happen in the way set out in this document.

Read about how to deal with police directions and first contact with police, what to do when police want to arrest you, and find out more about police searches and legal proceedings when charges are brought against you. A list of offences and respective penalties are also included in this document, as well as contact details of various organisations that provide legal assistance.

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