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What could happen to me?

It might also depend on your age, what exactly has happened, or whether you’ve been in trouble before. 

Did you know…

The criminal age for responsibility in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 10 years old? This means that children under 10 can’t be arrested or taken to court. Children over 10 can be arrested, but they’re treated differently from adults because of their age. In Scotland, the criminal age for responsibility is 12 years old.

If the police suspect that you’ve broken the law, they may ask you to come to the police station voluntarily (that means you choose to go, without being arrested). This is so they can ask you some questions about what has happened. 

It’s important that you, and the adults who are supporting you, know your rights. So it’s a good idea to get some legal advice at this stage. There are some links at the bottom of this page to help you get the right advice.