Attending school & completing school

Your Rights and Responsibilities

If the police ask you to come to the police station with them, you may not have to go. Ask them why they want you to come to the police station, and whether you have to go. If they say that you’re under arrest, politely ask “What for”? or “What is the charge?”.

If you are arrested, your rights depend on which State you’re in, and whether you’re arrested under State or Commonwealth law. If you are arrested, don’t try to run away or fight. And don’t swear. The police can charge you with resisting arrest, assult or abusive language.

If you are questioned, it is a good idea to give the police your name, age and address. Other than that, you shouldn’t answer questions until you have legal advice. Remember that there is no such thing as an ‘off the record chat’ with the police. Anything you say may and will be used against you in court.

Try to keep cool, and be polite at all times. Don’t lose it with the police. Ask the police if you can ring a lawyer and a parent and ask them to be with you while you are questioned or interviewed. If you do not have a lawyer you can ring Legal Aid in your State. You may also request a Youth Liason Officer or Aboriginal Community Liason Officer to explain your rights. If you are under 18 (or under 17 in Victoria, Queensland or Tasmania), you are able to have a parent or another adult with you for support while you are being questioned or interviewed.

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