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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DEALING WITH POLICE
Do I have to give the Police my details?
Do I need to go into the station to answer a few questions?
Do I have to answer questions from the Police?
What rights do I have?
Am I entitled to have a lawyer present?
What do I do if I think I am being treated unfairly by the Police?
How quickly do I need to get a lawyer if I have found out that I have been charged with a criminal offence?
Do I need to go to Court?
What will happen on my first court appearance?
What is diversion?
What if I have had diversion before?
What do I need to do for diversion?
What charges are not available for diversion?
Do I need to come to Court if a Police officer has told me that I can get diversion?
How long does it take to complete diversion?
Do I have to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty and when do I do this?
Can I change my plea?
HOW DO I DEFEND MY CHARGE
How do I know if I get a Judge or a Jury Trial?
Do I have to give evidence in Court?
Can I appeal the result?
How do I know what evidence the Police have?
How do I get my side of the story across?
How do I know what will happen if I plead guilty?
How long will it take to defend the charge?
If I am arrested will I get bail?
How long are my bail conditions for?
What bail conditions will I have?
How do I get you to be my legal aid lawyer?
How do I apply for legal aid?
How do I know if I will qualify for legal aid?
How do I make a complaint about the Police?
Can you help me to do a Police complaint?
Will my complaint be taken seriously?