Your Right To Counsel

If you are arrested, you have a right to obtain counsel. Every police station or detachment has an obligation to provide you with access to free legal advice. If you do not have a lawyer, the police must provide you with a phone number (often a 1-800 number) for a free lawyer. The lawyers at this number are independent lawyers provided and paid for by the state to assist and provide legal advice for individuals in custody.

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Dealing With The Police

You may be concerned if the police are asking to speak with you. They may seem friendly and say they simply want to meet with you. What you might not know is that they may have already determined that they have reasonable and probable grounds to arrest you or are hoping you make an admissible statement that gives the police grounds to arrest you or provides additional evidence for their case, even if you are innocent.

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Criminal Proceeding

If you have been arrested with a criminal offence, the police have the option to release you without having a bail hearing. They can release you on a promise to appear which would have a court date and in most cases, a date to appear for fingerprinting. They can also release you on an undertaking. An undertaking is a document that you would sign that would contain conditions of your release, for example...

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