A person arrested and detained has been subject to a restriction of liberty as a result of lawful powers in response to an event or incident.

Equally, the law defines how the individual will be detained and treated in custody, specifying their entitlements and rights whilst at the hands of the police.

Additional information

Summary of rights in custody

Legal advice in police detention

Legal advice delayed

Driving under the influence, breath tests and legal advice

Interview without legal advice

Not happy with a solicitor

Right to remain silent (formal caution)

Right to a phone call & informing others

Contact with Embassy or foreign Consulate

People under 18 or vulnerable adults

Interviewed without an appropriate adult present

Medical care

Caring responsibilities


Supplying food, drinks or goods

Smoking & supplying cigarettes

Source: North Wales Police

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