- Supply your name, address, occupation and any licence you must carry.
- You do not have to go with a police officer, or answer further questions unless you have been arrested for an offence (except when required to accompany under the Land Transport Act 1998).
- A police officer can only search you after he has arrested you, unless he has reasonable grounds to suspect an offence under the Arms Act 1983; you are loitering around wharves; you may be carrying an offensive weapon; under the Customs Act 1966; or the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.
- The general rule regarding a search of premises is - no warrant, no search. A warrant is required with respect to suspected offences under the Summary Proceedings Act 1957; Indecent Publications Act 1963; Gaming and Lotteries Act 1977. No warrant is required in respect of suspected offences under the Arms Act 1983; Misuse of Drugs Act 1975; Sale of Liquor Act 1962; Massage Parlours Act 1978.
- If arrested / questioned say. "I wish to remain silent, I will make no statement or answer further questions. I demand to phone my lawyer." Make no deals, and remember that you may be convicted as a direct result of anything you say to the police.
So that you have this information when you need it, click on the image below. And remember the main rule: Don't make any statements! (By the way - everything except your name, address, occupation and date of birth is a statement.)
The above image links to a Microsoft Word document. Click the image, save the document to your computer, and then print out the wallet card.
Keep your wallet card with you for when you need it.