Your Rights

If charged under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act:
  • Do not plead guilty until you have received legal advice
  • Do not speak during your initial interview without legal advice except to confirm your name, address, date and place of birth and your nationality
  • You have a right to speak to a solicitor but this can, in some circumstances, initially be by telephone
  • If you are not comfortable with this solicitor you do not have to use them after release
  • In most cases, the police can only detain you for 24 hours
  • You have the right to have someone notified regarding your arrest
  • You also have the right to know exactly why you have been arrested, to see the written codes regarding your rights and to speak to the custody officer
  • Please contact FAC upon your release


Police Stops and Searches:

The police, where they have reasonable grounds for suspecting a person has committed or is committing an offence, or they suspect a person has information relating to an offence, only have the power to require you to provide the following personal information:

  • The police must tell you that you are suspected of committing or witnessing a crime and the general nature of this crime.
  • The police may detain you under these circumstances for up to 12 hours without charging you
  • Once again, the only details you are required to give the police are those listed above.  You are well within your rights to decline to answer any other questions.
  • If being unjustly harassed, always get the officer’s badge number and name if possible.  You can use this to either make a complaint with the police directly or through FAC

Contact details for solicitors:

Paul Kavanagh – 07970651742

Tony Callahan 07811263474

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