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Have You Been Arrested?
Or Do You Know Someone Dear to You That Have Been Arrested Recently?

An arrest is usually the beginning of a downhill path, but it doesn’t have to be. As lawyers, we know the law always meets crime head-on, but having one of us by your side will make the process go much more smoothly.

 

It’s always best to entrust the situation to a lawyer from the start so that he or she can best provide leverage for you in Court. Having a good criminal lawyer stand by you is vital in ensuring all of your rights are upheld, so you won’t have to stay in prison for any longer than necessary.

 

If you or someone you know have been arrested and are at a police station, get legal help. Our team of experienced lawyers are ready to assist you. As one of Singapore’s top criminal law firms, we are fully equipped to provide you with the expert legal advice on all matters relating to the arrest that you will need. Our firm has defended and succeeded in winning countless of cases for our clients and we hope to be able to help you too.

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FAQs

+ What do I do when I’ve been charged with a crime?

There is a large list of crimes that lead to arrest: assault, drug offenses, homicide, rape, serious traffic offences, etc. According to Singapore’s Penal Code, someone who is cited for any of these offences can face significant jail time, fines, and/or other penalties. In such cases, the one professional who can be of optimal service to the person is a criminal defence lawyer.

 

We have the best criminal defence lawyers who thoroughly review the facts and evidences of each case, counting what needs to be counted. Depending on the case, our criminal defence lawyers always manage to effectively work with accused individuals to help them get lighter sentences or get them acquitted of all charges.

+ Can a person be arrested without a warrant?

Yes, a police officer may conduct an unwarranted arrest if someone is reasonably suspected of doing something unlawful. Such arrests must be made on the premises of credible information and on indisputable facts. A person can be arrested without a warrant for a non-arrestable offence if he or she refuses to give a police officer his or her name and address when questioned. The good news is that someone who has been arrested without warrant can only be held in custody for a period of not more than 48 hours.

+What does it mean to be arrested with a warrant?

This means the police officer has gotten an order from the Courts to bring a person in. Typically, the police will conduct investigations on cases that involve the crime, and if the police officer thinks that the wrongdoer needs to be arrested, he or she will go to the Courts to get an arrest warrant. The arrested person must face the Courts, and depending on the offence, he or she may be offered bail.

+What steps come after being arrested?

After a person is arrested, he or she will be processed at a police station where he or she will be given the option of bail. Soon after, the person will be called to a Criminal Mentions Court. In Court, the person will do one of three things: 1. Plead guilty, 2. Seek a lawyer to examine options and represent him or her, or 3. Plead not guilty. After the person is charged at trial, the sentence will be served and the case ends.

+What are my rights upon being arrested?

  • According to Section 23 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the arrested person has the right to remain silent after the notice is read out to him. However, the police may infer guilt from his silence.
  • According to Article 9 of the Constitution, every detained person has the right to call a lawyer while under police custody at a reasonable time.
  • The detainee can also contact family members, but the police may reject the request if talking to family members can potentially interfere with investigations.

+I want to be bailed out. How do I get bail?

The Court, any police officer who ranks higher than a sergeant and certain other law enforcement officers have the right to grant bail. The bail is offered after the person’s arrest and before he or she is charged in Court. Please see our page on bail in Singapore for more information. [link]

How can we help you

Having a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer can make a significant impact on your trial in Court. We will fight to leverage your sentence and penalties. At I.R.B. Law, our primary concern is to get the best outcome for our clients.

About us

I.R.B. Law LLP is recognized as a team of leading Singapore lawyers with a notable record of success in contending criminal cases and landing a better sentence for our clients. Our lawyers have over a century of combined experience as litigators and are ready to assist you with your criminal dispute.

 

We firmly believe that everyone should be entitled to a second chance and be allowed the opportunity to turn over a new leaf and live life anew. Should you be in a position where you may need our help, please do not hesitate to contact us at Hello@irblaw.com.sg or call at 6298 2537.

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