If you have been arrested, you have to appear before a court within 48 hours, or if the 48 hours expire on a weekend or public holiday, on the first court day thereafter.
- You have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
- You do not have to make a statement to the police – the state needs to prove your guilt. If you make a statement, it can be used against you and you can easily incriminate yourself.
- You have the right to apply for police bail for certain offenses.
If you are granted bail, you will be informed of the date you must appear in court.
- If you pay the bail money, and are released, but fail to appear in court on the specified day, you will lose the bail money, will be arrested again, and will be detained until the matter is finalised.
- Remember: there is a difference between bail money and an admission of guilt fine. An admission of guilt fine is the same as pleading guilty and will finalise the matter.
You have the right to nominate a legal representative of your choice.
- You should not take legal advice from the police.
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