Slightly gratified that people are boosting this so it means it wasn't just me who didn't know this :')
@Eden What jurisdiction are you in?
Apparently the "one phone call" is a US TV myth.
In the UK you are entitled to a lawyer, so they'll ask you who you want. If you've not already got one lined up, you will get the "duty solicitor". Either way, it's unlikely that you will see your solicitor until the next day at court, for a rushed chat before you go before the bench.
@Eden Dunno. If they're feeling nice you might get a list to choose from. If you're nicked at a well-organised demo you call the number on the bust card that you wrote on your arm with marker pen. :)
You can always change solicitors after, so the right-then thing to do is make sure they get you out on bail after court (probably not a problem) and say "no comment" to *absolutely everything* the police ask that isn't to confirm your name & address.
I have a memory of reading that when David Miranda (not a UK citizen) was detained (in UK), and refused a lawyer (of his choice, at least initially), he was given a list of "acceptable choices" for representation (which were refused). But it was a long time ago, I may not remember that correctly.
@Eden The police station will have a duty solicitor on call if you don’t have someone’s number already. (This is why protestors are advised write the number of a protest law specialist on their body - and why they often hand out bust cards with recommended numbers.) You don’t need to have hired them in advance even if they’re your own choice.
@Eden G&BC do legal observer training - I think they do “what to do if you’re arrested” workshops too? Or maybe roleplay with a friend, if that would help. Is this Extinction Rebellion? If so, I’d hope they’d provide advice before asking anyone to get arrested for the Cause.
Also, the attention disparity between a duty solicitor or court appointed attorney (for a trial) is one of many factors exacerbating the criminalization of being poor in the US. Unless you're paying out of pocket for a criminal attorney, you will be pressured to accept a plea deal. These deals, while having no immediate consequence, establish a record that can result in you being targeted by police and facing mandatory minimum sentencing later
@Eden Probably depends on the country or maybe city law. In Holland you will have a lawyer assigned to you if you don't have one yet. In Dutch that is called "Piket advocaat". People who go to demonstrations to protest and foresee that there is some chance to get arrested, sometimes do arrange their own lawyer, as that is usually better and more comfortable choice than having the pre-arranged by the cops ones.
@Eden There links and more details here. Much of this applies in the EU as well (as I've heard of strip searches at border crossings).