Your Rights

What to do if you’re arrested by the Police.


Being arrested by the police can be a very confusing and stressful experience for you and your loved ones. Try to remain calm however. You are not the first person to be arrested and you certainly will not be the last.

It is very important that you understand your rights as follows if you are arrested:


You have a right to legal advice

Seeking legal assistance is the most important thing you should do. The police have chosen to arrest you because they think you are guilty or suspect you’ve committed a crime. Mistakes can and do happen but the process of building a criminal case against you still begins as soon as you enter the police station. Lawtons offer free police station assistance.


You have the right to notify somebody of your arrest

(except in some special and very limited circumstances)


The police must follow ‘Codes of Practice’ which ensures the rights & freedoms of the public


Once taken to the police station, the police must show you a written notice detailing your rights including regular breaks and toilet access. You are also entitled to medical assistance if you are injured or unwell.


Speak to Lawtons

Specialist police station solicitors and lawyers at Lawtons are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Assistance at the police station is free of charge. We have extensive experience in providing police station representation to defend charges that range from murder and gun crime to criminal damage and public disorder.
We have offices in London, Luton, Hatfield, Essex, Milton Keynes and Bedford and regularly represent people at Police stations within these areas and beyond.