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Good to know that you don't.
(But won't it make it more likely that they'll arrest you if you give em all kinds of attitude? )
these people are regarded as being outside the law, and therefore it is an annoying technicality if there isnt immediate proof that you havnt done wrong.
I think that also they might reckon that even if you dont technically have to give your name and address then you are 'failing to co-operate with the police, you are not speeding up their process and therefore you are wasting police time.
Also if you fail to give your name and address then they cannot verify that you are not someone who is wanted on other outstanding charges or a suspect they want to question, therefore this might encourage them to hold you longer.
Its all very well having a piece of paper stating the law, but sometimes people do not always follow the law, especially if they are agravated, and smugly flashing a piece of paper under someones nose will be aggrating to them.
So, in you own head be it.
Of course at a student demo or something, then it would be more applicable to withold, as they are not actually suspecting that you would be wiholding cos you are a hardened crim with something to hide......but if you are out alone late at night, then its a different story.
but they still can['t just arrest you for no other reason than you won't give them things you aren't obliged to give them, they'd have to find/make up some reason. (which maybe they could)
bunch more discussion of these kind of issues:
"If you are driving a vehicle when stopped you must give your name and address"
Laws are confusing when you're not sure of them.
I wnet and linked to that site.......thanks, now thats been noted and registered......doh!
I hope none of you guys buy private eye from a supermart with your card (etc)