GloriaJames-CivetttaWhat you need to know….

An arrest in Singapore can be made without a warrant, upon police reasonably suspecting a man of committing a crime.

You also need to know that a warrant may be issued to allow police to make an arrest for a normally non arrest able offense. For example, when a police report is made about a case of “voluntarily causing hurt”, the police will conduct investigations first before making any arrest. It is recommended that you hire an experienced criminal lawyer to guide and represent you, should you be charged with an offense.

On arrest, the accused may be searched. Women must be searched by a female officer.


You will be permitted to consult a criminal lawyer while under police custody, within a reasonable time. At this stage, family may also be contacted, provided that it does not hamper police with their ongoing investigations.

Police may detain the accused for 48 hours, but they can obtain a Magistrate’s order if they wish to extend custodial time in order to continue with investigations. The officer must tell the Judge the reason why you should be detained for a longer period. The judge will then consider the request before making a final decision.

If police do not wish to further detain you, you may me released on a personal promise or be placed on police bail.

Can i Remain Silent?

The accused has the right to remain silent but an adverse inference may be drawn and guilt may be inferred if the accused remains silent and does not state his defense.

When will I Be Charged in Court?

You may be charged in Court only after investigations have been concluded. Investigation is necessary to decide if there is any evidence of a crime having been committed by you. Investigation times can range from weeks, two months, depending on the nature of the crime. If you are charged, it is imperative that you seek legal representation form a criminal lawyer.

what are the powers does an investigating officer have?

  • To order a person to go to a police station or other place for questioning and for taking of a statement;
  • To record what you have to say and ask you to sign it;
  • To search a place and take away things to be used as evidence;
  • To seize properties which may be exhibits in a case?


Should you have any questions or need legal representation, kindly contact Gloria James-Civetta & Co on 6337-0469 for a free consultation, or email to


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