In Singapore, an arrest can be made without a warrant when police suspect a man of committing a serious offence. Offences can include causing serious hurt, rape, robbery, theft, or drug consumption. A warrant may be made to allow police to make an arrest for a normally non-arrestable offence. For example, when a police report is made about a case of “voluntarily causing hurt”, police will usually conduct investigations first before making any arrest.
Police can use reasonable force to make an arrest. Handcuffs may be used. If arrested, you have the right to ask the police officer for his identification and the reason for the arrest. On arrest, the accused may be searched. Women must be searched by women officer.
At the police station the law allows the accused to consult a lawyer while under police custody, within a reasonable time. Family members may also be contacted. Police can detain the accused for 48 hours at most, but can obtain a Magistrate’s order if they wish to extend the custody to continue with investigations. In Court the officer must tell the Judge the reason/s why he wants to detain you further. The Judge will consider the reason/s given and then decide whether you are to be further detained.
You may be released and free to go on a personal promise or be put on police bail to make sure you go back to the station or attend Court when told to do so. The accused has the right to remain silent, however, an adverse inference may be drawn and guilt may be inferred if the accused remains silent and does not state his defence.
You may be charged in Court only after investigations have been carried out. It is best to seek the advice of a criminal lawyer in Singapore; your defences Lawyers will inform you of your rights and help you make an informative decision in regards to your pleadings. When only the Best Defence Lawyers will do, please take fast action in choosing your Singapore criminal lawyer.