Your rights in custody

The custody officer at the police station must explain your rights. You have the right to:

  • get free legal advice
  • tell someone where you are
  • have medical help if you’re feeling ill
  • to be treated with dignity and respect
  • to see the written codes governing your rights and how you are treated.
  • to speak to the custody officer (the officer who must look after your welfare)
  • to know why you have been arrested
  • to have someone notified of your arrest
  • to consult with a solicitor privately.

PACE s58 makes clear the suspect is entitled to legal advice at any time.