Garda Stop and Search

Your rights at a Garda Stop and Search 

A member of the Gardaí can ask any member of the public to stop at any time. You may be legally bound to stop if the Garda believes that you have committed an offence/are committing an offence under the Offences Against the State Acts or if the Garda wishes to check the tax and insurance on your car.

The Offences Against the State Acts are a series of laws passed by the Irish Government to stop terrorism, namely the IRA.

If the Garda is not wearing their uniform, they must show you identification if you ask them.

You may need to give your name and address. If you refuse to do so, you could be arrested.

If the Garda asks you to go to the station with them, you should ask if you are under arrest. If you are under arrest, you must go with them. Fighting it will only add another charge to your case, such as resisting arrest. If you are not under arrest, you do not have to go to the station.

The Gardaí have the right to take you into custody if they believe that you are suffering with mental ill health and could harm yourself or others as a result.