My Friend has been Arrested!

NOTE: we are only able to help with arrests following protest or actions. For any other reason please contact a solicitor directly.

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 the arrest happened at a protest or during an action, or is protest related, then we can offer support.

If you have just witnessed the arrest, and it was protest related,  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 touch with them and 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

Coronavirus

COVID-19 has lead to changes in policing & protest law which may affect the information in this guide. Please also read our guide to Coronavirus & Protest Law.

  • 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.

Coronavirus

COVID-19 has lead to changes in policing & protest law which may affect the information in this guide. Please also read our guide to Coronavirus & Protest Law.

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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