Victoria Legal Aid

Police powers: your rights in Victoria

Published 2019-08-01

Important update

From 7 November 2023, police can no longer arrest you for being intoxicated (affected by alcohol) in a public place. A public health response is now in place. Go to our page Public intoxication for more information.

From September 2023 what police and protective service officers can do to respond to a mental health crisis has changed. Visit our page When police are called because of your mental health condition for more information.

About this booklet

This free booklet is a general guide to help you when you deal with the police.

It includes information for young people under the age of 18 and people with cognitive disability.

It has information about:

  • when you can remain silent
  • when you have to give your name and address
  • getting arrested
  • giving fingerprints
  • being searched
  • giving body samples
  • move on powers
  • making a complaint about police
  • traffic offences
  • fines.
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Reviewed 13 December 2023