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Quiz: What are my rights if I am suspected or accused of a crime while under 18?

Take our quiz to test your knowledges on your rights when accused or suspected of a crime while under 18 in Ireland


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This factsheet is an extract from the publication Know Your Rights: The Rights of Children and Young People published by the Children's Rights Alliance. It is reproduced here with their kind permission. Know Your Rights is a public information project designed to inform everyone, in plain language, of the rights and entitlements children have in Ireland and where to go when they are not respected.

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Q1. When can you be searched by a Garda without a warrant?

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Correct! You can only be search by a Guard without a warrant if they have a good reason to think you have committed an offence. Read our article to learn more about your rights and the Gardaí.

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Sorry, that is incorrect. You can only be search by a Guard without a warrant if they have a good reason to think you have committed an offence. Read our article to learn more about your rights and the Gardaí.

Q2. The Gardaí can search your car if they have a good reason to think that:

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Correct! The Gardaí have the right to search your car if they think you are in possession of illegal drugs. Read our article to learn more about the circumstances in which you can be searched by the Gardaí.

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Sorry, that is incorrect. The Gardaí have the right to search your car if they think you are in possession of illegal drugs. Read our article to learn more about the circumstances in which you can be searched by the Gardaí.

Q3. When can a Garda enter my home without my consent?

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Correct! There are several circumstances in which the Gardaí are allowed to enter your home without your consent. Read our article to learn more about your rights and the Gardaí.

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Sorry, that is incorrect. There are several circumstances in which the Gardaí are allowed to enter your home without your consent. Read our article to learn more about your rights and the Gardaí.

Q4. When are security guards allowed to search you?

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Correct! The only people who can search you without your permission are the Gardaí and that is in very specific circumstance. Read our article to learn more about if you are suspected of a crime.

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Sorry, that is incorrect. The only people who can search you without your permission are the Gardaí and that is in very specific circumstance. Read our article to learn more about if you are suspected of a crime.

Q5. Can the Gardaí arrest me if I am under 18?

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Correct! The Gardaí have the same powers whether they are dealing with a child, a young person or an adult. Find out more about your rights and the Gardaí.

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Sorry, that is incorrect. The Gardaí have the same powers whether they are dealing with a child, a young person or an adult. Find out more about your rights and the Gardaí.

Q6. When can the Gardaí question me on my own if I am under 18?

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Correct! There are several circumstances in which the Gardaí can question you by yourself when you are under the age of 18. Find out more about your rights when being questioned by the Gardaí.

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Sorry, that is incorrect. There are several circumstances in which the Gardaí can question you by yourself when you are under the age of 18. Find out more about your rights when being questioned by the Gardaí.

Q7. When can the Gardaí refuse to let my parent or guardian sit in if I am being questioned when under 18?

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Correct! If the Gardaí believe that your parent or guardian could have been involved in the suspected offence or if they believe that their presence might cause an obstruction of justice, they can be refused entry. Find out more about your rights when being questioned by the Gardaí.

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Sorry, that is incorrect. If the Gardaí believe that your parent or guardian could have been involved in the suspected offence or if they believe that their presence might cause an obstruction of justice, they can be refused entry. Find out more about your rights when being questioned by the Gardaí.

Q8. If I am arrested under the age of 18 will I be held with adults?

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Correct! You cannot be detained with adults unless there is no other secure accommodation available. Read our article to find out more about what happens if you are arrested by the Gardaí.

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Sorry, that is incorrect. You cannot be detained with adults unless there is no other secure accommodation available. Read our article to find out more about what happens if you are arrested by the Gardaí.

So, how did you do?

You have completed 0 of 8 questions. Please complete them all.

Okay, you didn't do great this time around. But read our articles on your rights and the Gardaí, take the quiz again and we're sure you will do great. Visit our Rights section for everything you need to know about your rights and the Gardaí.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service for 16 to 25 year olds is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

Okay, that is not too bad but there is definitely room for improvement. Why not visit our Rights section where you can find loads of information on your rights in day to day situations.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service for 16 to 25 year olds is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

Well done, you seem to know your stuff when it comes to your rights and the Gardaí, although there are a few areas you could brush up on. Visit our Rights section and boost your knowledge on dealing with the Gardaí in Ireland.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service for 16 to 25 year olds is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

Woo! Look's like you have been brushing up on your rights recently. Well done. If there is anything else you would like to know, visit our Rights section.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service for 16 to 25 year olds is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.


Published June 17th2020
Last updated Octo­ber 25th2020
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