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Laying Down the Law: Avoiding Arrest 101

There’s nothing worse than spending the last of your living costs
for the week on a box of beers (eating’s cheating, right?) only to be
stopped on your way to town and told to tip it out. The only thing
that could possibly ruin your night further would be missing out on
the chance to get lucky with that hottie from your hostel because
you have to spend the night at the police station. Luckily for you, the
folks down at Law School have got your back.* Extensive research
has taught us about the most common mistakes, and we’ve got some
tips on how to avoid them.

Chop it or drop it

All of the central city area is subject to a 24/7 liquor ban, and so
are surrounding areas of Oriental Bay, Mt Vic, Aro Valley, Mt Cook,
and Newtown (but not Kelburn). Even if you haven’t opened a drink,
they can ask you to tip it out if they believe that you intend to drink
in a liquor ban area. This means that you’ll probably get away with
carrying a box to your mate’s place, but you’re unlikely to get away
with having a couple of cans shoved in your pockets for the walk
to town (and you definitely won’t get away with drinking from your
wizard stick).

peeing in public

You’re liable for a $200 fine under the Summary Offences Act if
you get caught. You might not know that you can get around this
– it’s a defence if you have reasonable grounds for believing that
you wouldn’t be caught in the act. Use your judgment – this might
be hard to argue if you’ve popped a squat on the side of Courtenay


Don’t be a dickhead, but remember that you’ve still got rights. You’re
generally not required to give the police personal details such as your
name or address unless you’re driving (let’s hope not), you’re in a pub
and they think you’re underage, or they’ve already placed you under
arrest. You also can’t be required to go to the police station unless
you’ve actually been arrested, and you can’t be forced to make a
statement in any circumstances.

Emma Smith


*Disclaimer: The phrase “got your back” is used to denote swag and should in no
way be construed as an indication of actual legal advice. So have fun this O-Week,
stay safe in the city, and, if you need actual legal help, talk to a real lawyer.

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