Nov 18

The police may advise you that they would like to speak with you. This does not necessarily mean that you will be charged with a criminal offence. You may be a witness, a person of interest, or a suspect. If police call, you could try to ascertain why they are interested in speaking with you.

What should I do if the police are investigating me?

The police investigating you does not necessarily mean that the police will charge you. The police need reasonable and probable grounds that you committed a criminal offence to charge you with a criminal offence. Also, as the investigation continues, they may rule you out as a suspect or investigate other leads.

Should I give a statement to the police?

In most cases, a lawyer will advise you not to speak with the police. There are a few reasons for this, such as a power imbalance between the police and the suspect. If you do give a statement to the police, statements are rarely used at your trial to help you. In fact, they are regularly used  against you at trial.

Will I look guilty if I refuse to give a statement?

You are not required to give a statement to the police because you have a constitutionally protected right to silence. If the police have asked you to provide a statement, you can decline to do so.

How will a lawyer help me if I am arrested or detained?

Upon arrest or detention, you will have the right to speak to a lawyer. You need to be made aware of your rights and understand what options you face before you. Contact Lockyer Zaduk Zeeh who will be able to provide you with your rights before you decide you want to speak with the police. The decisions you make while interacting with the police, specifically at the police station, can play a crucial role in defending your criminal charges, so receiving proper legal advice is paramount.