Being charged with a criminal offence can be an overwhelming experience.
If you get arrested, there are three simple rules to follow which will help make the experience manageable and ensure your rights are protected.
Rule One: Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent
This is your constitutional right. By following this one simple rule, you will protect many other related rights and preserve defences your lawyer can use at a later date to defend you. The best way to follow this rule is to literally say nothing except, "I would like to speak to my lawyer".
Rule Two: Ask to Speak to a Lawyer
The police are required to give you “rights to counsel”. Even if they do not, tell them you would like to speak to a lawyer. The criminal lawyers at our firm will be happy to take an initial phone call at no charge and one of us is always on call for emergencies so please call us at 416-598-1811. Having a lawyer's advice is essential to protecting your rights. A lawyer can help you decide what else, if anything, to say to the police.
Rule Three: Only Answer Your Lawyer's Questions
Your lawyer needs to know specific information to best serve you. Listen to his or her questions carefully and answer them. The lawyer is the expert. He or she knows the facts needed to best preserve your legal rights. Wait for the question and only answer what you are asked.
Click on the links below for information about what comes next when you are charged.