- You do not have to make a statement to police.
- You do not have to answer questions other than providing your name and address.
- You do not have to go to a police station unless you are taken into custody (ie: you are under arrest) and told what offence you are suspected of committing.
- If you are under the age of 18, police must ensure that there is an adult you trust present when they interview you.
- You do not have to agree to take part in an ID parade unless police have an Order from a Court, and
- You do not have to agree to undergo a forensic procedure. However, police can take your fingerprints if they believe you have committed an offence and you are aged 15 or over.
If you are involved in a major incident at school or on school grounds – for example, an assault or incident involving the police – that requires legal representation or assistance, IEUA WA Branch members are able to contact Andrew Tehan of Tehan Legal on 0411 276 966. If you are asked to accompany police to a police station or arrested as a suspect, you have the right to be given a reasonable chance to contact or try communicating with your Tehan Legal Lawyer. To contact your Tehan Legal Lawyer call the office on (08) 9467 2481 or Andrew Tehan directly on 0411 276 966. Appointments can be arranged outside normal office hours. To find out more about the full scope of services Tehan Legal provides, please visit their website. Know Your Rights: Your Right to Silence In Australia we have the right to silence, this means: