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Answering Police Questions

In what situations must I answer police questions?

There are certain situations where one must answer police questions and it is always good to know which questions you have to answer and which questions you can stay silent on.

The most common questions that you should always answer relate to when you are driving any sort of vehicle. The following are scenarios where you should always be forthcoming with the police. If you’re not, they have the power to impose at least a fine or provide you with a Court Attendance Notice;

You have to give police your name and address (and provide your licence) if you are driving or accompanying a learner driver.

If you were involved in a traffic accident you have to give your name and address to the other driver involved. You also have to give that information and other details about the accident to the police.

If you own, or are responsible for a vehicle, you have to give police the name and address of the driver of a vehicle if it is alleged that they committed a traffic offence.

Other situations where you should answer questions from police regarding your identification are as follows:

  • Police are allowed to ask for identification on railway property, if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that you have committed an offence or that you are committing an offence.
  • If police suspect that you are under 18 and you are carrying or consuming alcohol in a public place.
  • When police execute their emergency public disorder powers and you are in a target area, and the police suspect that you have been or may become involved in a large-scale public disorder.
  • If police suspect that an Apprehended Violence Order has been made against you they can request you to disclose your identity.
  • When the police give you a ‘move on direction’ if your identity is unknown to the police.

It is always a good idea to answer these questions to avoid an incident unnecessarily escalating.

Written by Martin Vazquez on July 6, 2017

Martin recognises that going to court can be a stressful time, so he is passionate about providing the best possible service to his clients, applying his excellent communication skills to assist them through every step of the way. View Martin's profile

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