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What Rights Have I If I Get Arrested?

When you are arrested in Ireland, you have several legal rights that are designed to protect you and ensure that you are treated fairly. Here are some of your key rights:

  1. The right to remain silent: You have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself. Anything you say to the Gardaí (police) can be used as evidence against you, so it is usually in your best interest to remain silent until you have spoken with a lawyer.

  2. The right to legal advice: You have the right to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible after your arrest. If you cannot afford a solicitor, one will be appointed for you.

  3. The right to medical attention: If you require medical attention, you have the right to receive it.

  4. The right to notify someone: You have the right to notify someone of your arrest and whereabouts as soon as possible.

  5. The right to access a phone: You have the right to access a phone in order to contact a solicitor, family member, or friend.

  6. The right to be treated humanely: You have the right to be treated with respect and dignity while in custody.

  7. The right to a prompt hearing: You have the right to be brought before a court as soon as possible after your arrest.

It is important to note that these rights are protected under Irish law, and if you believe that your rights have been violated, you should seek legal advice.

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