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Know Your Rights: Get in Touch with an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being arrested, detained or charged with a crime can leave you feeling scared and vulnerable. It’s important to remember that in a situation like this, you still have rights. Under Section 10 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, everyone has the right on arrest or detention:
  1. To be informed promptly of the reasons therefor;
  2. To retain and instruct counsel without delay and to be informed of that right; and
  3. To have the validity of the detention determined by way of habeas corpus and to be released if the detention is not lawful.
 
  • It is always in your best interest to exercise your right to retain counsel. You may feel compelled to answer the police’s questions in order to appear cooperative, but it is not in your best interest to do so.
 
  • The police must stop questioning you when you assert your right to speak with a lawyer. If they continue to question you, you do not have to answer until you have been able to consult privately with your lawyer.
 
  • You have the right to “remain silent” or, “…Any person charged with an offence has the right to not to be compelled to be a witness in proceedings against that person in respect of the offence”.
 
  • It is a common myth that asking for a lawyer will make you look guilty. It doesn't. It makes you look like you are informed, and you take the rights as they are afforded to you by The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms seriously. Section 11, d of the Charter protects your right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.
  What will an experienced criminal lawyer do?
  • While in some cases this might be your first time dealing with an arrest, detention or a criminal charge, and even if it isn’t— a criminal lawyer has navigated this process many times before and will be much more experienced at dealing with the process.
 
  • They will instruct you on whether or not answering questions from the authorities will be helpful or harmful to you and your case, depending on your individual circumstances. In most situations, they will advise you that it is better to wait until all the facts are disclosed to you before speaking to the police.
 
  • They will explain to you what options you have and their possible outcomes allowing you to make informed decisions.
 
  • They will provide you with much needed information, support, and reassurance during what can be a very overwhelming and anxiety-provoking process.
 
  • Being charged with a crime doesn’t make you guilty of one. An experienced criminal defence lawyer will represent you to the best possible outcome.
Don’t waste valuable time and if you need immediate assistance, contact Neuberger and Partners today.

15 thoughts on “Know Your Rights: Get in Touch with an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

  1. I agree that it’s always important to exercise your right to retain counsel or get a lawyer’s assistance before you answering interrogations. In case I will experience being charged or arrested in the future, I’ll make sure to hire a competent lawyer right away before giving any information. This will definitely help me secure my case.

  2. I agree that being arrested left you scared, intimidated and vulnerable to right abuse. It’s a good thing that you recommended getting in touch with a lawyer right away. Thanks for highlighting the benefits of hiring a lawyer when you face this kind of situation. As you’ve said professional lawyers will help you through all the legal process and will protect your right. In the event that I will get involved in this kind situation, I will never hesitate to call a criminal lawyer right away.

  3. I like how you said that getting a lawyer doesn’t make you look guilty, it just makes you look informed. My husband and I are trying to help his brother, who was wrongly charged for distribution of illegal drugs. I’m glad I read your article because I was feeling worried that getting a lawyer would give the impression of guilt.

  4. It’s great you talked about the advantages of looking for a criminal defense lawyer especially when it comes to handling DUI cases since I’m looking for one for my younger brother at the moment. Making sure that the lawyer is experienced in handling this particular kind of case is important since this would determine how much they can help you out with handling the case. If worse came to worse I would help advise my younger brother on where to look for one of these lawyers so that he can build up a good defense.

  5. Getting all the explanations that you need on the possible outcomes is really useful. My sister might like knowing this as she looks into getting a criminal law attorney. She wants to make sure that she is being well-informed.

  6. Thanks for explaining that a criminal lawyer will provide you with needed information, support, and reassurance. Personally, I think this would be helpful for the person because if they’re less anxious and stressed they’ll be able to think more clearly and remember more of what happened. I’ll have to look more into a lawyer who can help defend against traffic violations.

  7. I really appreciate how you said that an experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to help you deal with the legal process if you’re unfamiliar with it. My cousin was arrested last week for aggravated assault, and he’s afraid of going through the legal proceedings on his own. I’ll pass this information along to him so that he can look into his options for hiring a criminal defense attorney to help him get through this process in one piece.

  8. I like that you mentioned that it is always in your best interest to retain counsel. I have a cousin who has recently been arrested and it seems like he has no clue what he’s doing. Maybe I should help him get in touch with criminal defense lawyer services and see what they can do to help him.

  9. Thanks for mentioning that being charged with a crime doesn’t make you guilty of one. My brother-in-law was recently arrested for unknowingly associating himself with a drug crime. Hopefully he can find a great lawyer in his area who can help sort out the case!

  10. My brother was involved in a criminal case and he wants to make sure that he’ll tread carefully. It was explained here that it will be best to ask the help of a lawyer because they can instruct counsel without delay. Furthermore, it’s recommended to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer for the best outcome.

  11. You make a good point when you mention how a criminal defense lawyer will be able to support and inform you, which can help especially during stressful times. My uncle was recently arrested and needs to find someone who can defend him in court, the thought of going to jail has caused him to lose his composure, and he needs to find someone who can make the process easier for him to handle. I’ll let him know that a criminal defense lawyer will be able to help him make this situation more manageable.

  12. If I got in trouble with the law, I would probably want to get legal help of some kind. As you said here, it is always a good idea to know your rights when being arrested or detained. I’d do as you mentioned and ask for a lawyer as I wouldn’t want to say something and then have it used against me.

  13. Thanks for mentioning how a criminal lawyer will have a lot of experience dealing with the process of going to court, along with instructing you on how to deal with questions from the authorities. My brother was going through a financial crisis when he was arrested for theft from a local convenience store. He’ll need representation for his case since he doesn’t have experience dealing with criminal law, so I’ll help him get a lawyer.

  14. My friend is being accused of committing a crime. I like how you mention a criminal attorney will decide whether or not you should answer questions from the authorities. Thank you for the information. I’ll recommend my friend to look out for a professional lawyer that will be on his side.

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