My Friend has been Arrested!

Hearing that a friend has been arrested can be a scary experience. It is disempowering being unsure of what is going on, but there are things you can do to plan ahead and help your friend get better support.

If you have just witnessed the arrest, please call us now so that we can help support you and advise on the next steps. You should also write a witness statement as soon as possible.

If your friend was at a protest, you can’t get in you are worried they may have been arrested, you can call us and we may be able to help you find out.

  1. What will happen to my friend in custody?
  2. How can I get more information about my friend’s arrest?
  3. What should I do if I receive a call from custody?
  4. Supporting friends after release

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.
  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.
  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.
  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.
  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.

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