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Compulsory Solicitors In Cells and stop DNA records

Comment 8th August 2010

I believe that all arrested people should be given a solicitor on a compulsive basis and DNA records should not be taken unless the person is reasonably suspected of other crimes.

I believe this because I did not know my rights when arrested and cautioned for a crime I did not commit.

I stupidly accepted the caution because I suffer from claustrophobia and couldn't stand a minute more in the state of anxiety I was in. I was offered a solicitor but was told very abruptly that it would mean hours more in the cell. I couldn't bare this. I thought if I told them the truth it would be fine. No it wasn't. They got some kind of confession out of me although I never really admitted to anything. They said we are going to give you a caution, just like that. I didn't realise I had any options. I'd been in the cell all night. It was awful. I should have waited for a solicitor.

I have read many stories like mine and think a solicitor should be compulsory. There should be one in every police station. Why are they on call? Why so scarce? Why do people have to wait hours and hours? Not in a waiting room, in a cell. I also believe that it should be made apparent that you can refuse a caution and if you accept it you are admitting guilt. I have recently had some trouble at work , should anything further happen I think I would be too frightened to go to the police, because even though I am innocent, I now have a record that suggests otherwise. This should never be the case.

A solicitor would have seen how naieve I was and been able to advise me. Justice should be about getting the right person, not just any old confession. I believe the police knew that I was innocent but I stupidly accepted the caution. It may be some boring job to the officers involved but it can ruin peoples lives, and minds and futures.

Naturaly collecting DNA samples from people who have been arrested is preposterously against human rights

Why does this matter?

Giving justice a chance. Restoring faith in the justice system. Basic human rights. To educate people on their rights so as to empower innocent victims. To stop victims of crime also becoming a victim of law.

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