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Under what circumstances can a person be charged?
A person can be charged in Court only after investigations have been carried out. These investigations must be conducted by government appointed enforcement agencies.
When can a person be arrested?
A person can be arrested if the police reasonably suspects one of committing a serious offence.
Can a person be detained during investigations?
Yes, a person can be detained during investigations. In addition to detention, the investigating officer may also:
(a) Record the suspect’s answers during questioning and require him/her to sign
(b) Search a place and take away objects to be used as evidence
(c) Seize property which may be used as exhibits
Does an accused have a right to remain silent?
An accused has the right to remain silent at all points of the process. However, it must be noted that the courts may draw an adverse inference and may even infer guilt should to accused insist on remaining silent and refusing to state his defence.
For more information click here to view the Pamphlet of Rights http://www.lawsociety.org.sg/probono/pdf/KnowYourRights_English.pdf