ADVICE GUIDE: Kim Evans on what you need to know if you are arrested – read it here. Around one and a half million people are arrested every year in England and Wales. It can be a frightening experience. If you’ve had the misfortune to be one of them for whatever reason, it could well be the first time you’ve been locked up in a cell. What rights would you have? Would you have the faintest idea? For example, would you know how long the police could keep you there? Would you have any idea how the police are supposed to conduct a proper interview? Did you know, for example, that the ‘right to silence’ was effectively abolished in 1994, (a failure to tell the police all the relevant details about a defence that they may not put forward in court until many months, or even years, later can amount to evidence of guilt). Would you know how accepting a caution could affect your career or limit travel to certain countries?



Author: Jon Robins

Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon’s books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council’s journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year’s Criminal Justice Alliance’s journalism award

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