You should always carry with you some form of identification. If you do not and the police ask to see proof, they can detain you for up to 72hours. If for any reason you are arrested, you have the right to call your embassy or your lawyer and get a translator. The law in the Czech Republic forbids possessing more than a small amount of drugs, even if it is for personal use. However the law does not specify what is a small amount and the police have full power to decide whether to prosecute or not, no matter what drug it is. If you’re caught driving under influence of alcohol you will be facing high fines or prosecution. There is a zero blood alcohol limit tolerance. If you commit a traffic offence you’re likely to pay a spot fine ranging from 100 CZK to several thousand CZK. The legal drinking age is 18 years. If you have an affair with a person younger than 15 you may be prosecuted for sexual abuse. The legal age you are fully responsible for any criminal act is 15 years. You can drive a small motorcycle (max. 50cc) when you are 15 or a car when you reach the age of 18. Smoking – 16 years, marriage – 18 years, voting – 18 years.
Smokin’ the Grass
Prague liberal laws and liberal policies (smoking and possessing marijuana might be illegal) mean that the city has earned a reputation of being pot-friendly, and an estimated of nearly half million marijuana users are largely ignored by the authorities and tolerated by most everyone. Most pubs and non-tourist bars outside of the centre allow you to smoke inside. But don’t try lighting some skunk at a dance club!
- Police free phone: 158
- Fire free phone: 150
- Ambulance free phone: 155
Police stations in Prague
Old Town, Bartolomějská 14, Prague 1, 24-hour phone: 974 851 700
Lesser Town, Vlašská 3, Prague 1, 24-hour phone: 974 851 730
New Town, Benediktská 1, Prague 1, 24-hour phone: 974 851 710
Krakovská 11, Prague 1, 24-hour phone: 974 851 720
Hybernská 2, Prague 1, 24-hour phone: 974 851 500
Jungmannovo náměstí 9, Prague 1 (headquarters), 24-hour phone: 974 851 750
Vyšehradská 20, Prague 2, 24-hour phone: 974 852 710
Vinohrady, Šafaříkova 12, Prague 2, 24-hour phone: 974 852 720