I’ve been arrested, what happens if I try to run away?
If you’ve been arrested, you must go quietly with the police, even if you think you’ve done nothing wrong. You can get in more trouble if you cause a scene.
If you struggle or run away after being arrested, you can be charged with ‘obstructing a police officer’ or ‘resisting arrest’ or ‘escaping from lawful custody’.
You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible if you’ve been arrested. If you don’t have a lawyer, you can contact a free lawyer on the police lawyer list (PDLA list) before making a statement.
Remember you need to tell them your name, date of birth and address, but beyond that, you have the right to remain silent.
If you haven’t done anything, you will have a chance to prove it in court.