Get help dealing with police

Get help dealing with police

Call us for free information about the law and how we can help you with your legal problem.

Phone 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm.

If you need an interpreter let us know.

Our other free legal services include:

For some matters we can provide you with a lawyer to help you run your case.

Other organisations that can help

Legal services

Your local community legal centre can give you legal information and advice. Most services are free.

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service provides legal advice and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. If you are Koori and taken into custody, the police must tell Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service within an hour. You will get support and advice from one of their client services officers. They also have a 24-hour service.

You can also find a private lawyer near you through the Law Institute of Victoria’s Legal Referral Service. All law firms included in the Legal Referral Service provide a free 30-minute interview. If you book an interview, write your questions down beforehand, so you get as much out of the free 30 minutes as possible. If you discuss getting further help from the lawyer, make sure you know how much it will cost.

Other services

If you have a cognitive disability the Office of the Public Advocate can provide an Independent Third Person to be with you at the police station while you are interviewed or during procedures such as the police taking body samples.

Complaints

See Complaints about police for organisations that can help you make a complaint if you feel you have not been treated fairly by the police.