Legal Entitlements Whilst In Custody at a Police Station
Whilst in custody, you are entitled to:
To have somebody informed of your arrest and to legal advice
To make one telephone call
To be supplied with writing materials
Where practicable, to be provided with your own cell.
The cell should be clean, heated, ventilated and lit
The bedding in the cell should be clean and serviceable.
To be provided with two light meals and one main meal each day.
Drinks to be provided with meals and on reasonable request between meals.
Access to toilet and washing facilities
In the event that your clothing is taken from you, then replacement clothing to be provided that is clean and comfortable.
You may request to see a Doctor, or indeed a private doctor at your own expense, for a medical examination if required. Own medication may be allowed to be taken, subject to a Doctor`s authorisation, at appropriate times. In the event of controlled drugs, a medical practitioner or healthcare professional will supervise the medication being taken.
Brief outdoor exercise to be offered each day whilst in custody.
When detention is reviewed, you have the statutory right to state why you think you should be released; unless unfit due to behaviour, condition or are asleep.
YOU HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO SPEAK TO A SOLICITOR AT THE POLICE STATION AT ANY TIME, DAY OR NIGHT.
ACCESS TO LEGAL ADVICE CAN ONLY BE DELAYED IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
YOU CAN TALK TO A SOLICITOR IN PRIVATE ON THE TELEPHONE, AND THE SOLICITOR MAY COME TO SEE YOU AT THE POLICE STATION.
IF YOU WANT TO SEE A SOLICITOR INFORM THE CUSTODY OFFICER IMMEDIATELY.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONSULT THE CODES OF PRACTICE AT ANY TIME
PENMAN SEDGWICK STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT LEGAL ADVICE IS OBTAINED FROM A QUALIFIED SOLICITOR.
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