13/01/2020 by Christopher Soll
Your Rights When Arrested or Charged
(Originally posted 31/10/2016)
When you have been arrested by the police or charged with a crime, it is crucial that you are aware of your rights and of the invaluable assistance that a Kamloops criminal lawyer can provide during this time. At Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP, we believe that it is important for all Kamloops residents to know what actions are in their best interest when dealing with the criminal justice system.
One of the most helpful tips to remember if you are being arrested or charged by the police is to co-operate. If you resist, you risk getting injured and potentially even acquiring more charges. Stay composed, provide them with your name and address if asked, and be ready to assert your rights if need be.
Police must always identify themselves and always tell you the reason why you have been stopped or detained. If you have not been clearly explained the reason for your arrest, then you have the right to ask and receive an answer. You also have the right to remain silent and not to answer when being questioned.
Your most important right after you have been charged or arrested by police is the right to speak to a Kamloops criminal lawyer. In fact, you have the right to privately speak to a lawyer as soon as it is feasibly possible. The police must allow you to use the phone in order to contact a lawyer. Speaking to a lawyer as soon as you can provide you with crucial information from the very start of the arrest process.
For example, though you do have the right to remain silent in the face of police questioning, an experienced Kamloops lawyer will be able to tell you if that is the best course of action in your situation. Remaining silent is not always the best option, but it can be difficult to know when and why. A lawyer can also instruct you on when and why to comply with other police demands, such as providing them with a breath or blood sample.
When it comes time to appear in court, your Kamloops criminal lawyer will advise on all of the complex decisions you will need to make. You'll have to decide how to plead and what type of trial to have, and you'll also need to understand all of the evidence against you and whether it is admissible or not. The Crown will have a knowledgeable lawyer, and you deserve one as well.
The Kamloops lawyers at Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP are committed to defending the right of all of our clients throughout the entire arrest and trial process. If you're looking for criminal lawyers in Kamloops, then you can trust the 36 years of experience behind the Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP team.
If you are facing criminal charges and are in need of assistance, then don't hesitate to contact the Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP Kamloops lawyers as soon as you can. We will act as your advocates so that you don't have to face the complex legal system alone.