My Rights

Police stops, detention (being detained) vs. The right to walk away

What does “detention” mean?

Detention, or being detained, means that police keep or hold you with them using physical or psychological force or pressure. If it is a lawful detention, it means that you must stay with the police and are not allowed to leave or walk away from them.

But police are not allowed to detain anyone without a legitimate reason.

And if police detain you, you have certain rights.

What does “detention” mean?
What does “detention” mean?
If police ask me questions or demand ID, do I have to stay or can I walk away? How do I know?
If police ask me questions or demand ID, do I have to stay or can I walk away? How do I know?
When are police allowed to detain someone? What counts as a “legitimate reason”?
When are police allowed to detain someone? What counts as a “legitimate reason”?
Is there a curfew for youth? Can police stop me for being out at night?
Is there a curfew for youth? Can police stop me for being out at night?
Can I run away when I see police approaching?
Can I run away when I see police approaching?