Police Questioning / Interrogation

May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014

There are few real-life situations that are more terrifying than being interrogated by the police.  You are brought into a cold cinder block room.  There is nothing but a small table and two chairs.  Cameras and microphones are strategically placed to record everything that occurs in the room.

You are placed in the room by yourself and directed which chair to sit in.  The police are in complete control over you and your freedom.  You are told to wait and then, you are left alone.  There is no clock in the room, you have no idea how long you will be there.

Suddenly after what seems like forever, a police officer enters to start questioning and accusing you of committing a crime.  This officer has likely been trained in interrogation techniques.  This officer has been trained to speak to you until you confess or incriminate yourself in some way.

What are your rights?

If you have been detained or arrested you have many rights.  You have the right to contact a lawyer for advice prior to any police questioning.  You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to say anything to the police in response to the charges.

You have the right not to be questioned in a manner that is so oppressive that your free will is overcome.  Whether an interrogation crosses this line however, is not very clear.  An interrogation can be very long and aggressive without being coercive.

For adults, you do not have a right to have a lawyer present during an interrogation. But you do have the right to contact a lawyer, and you should. Contacting a lawyer at the earliest opportunity is very important.  An experienced lawyer will not only inform you of your rights, but give you advice on what you can do to withstand a police interrogation.

Remember, the police are not obligated to stop questioning you once you have spoken to a lawyer.  They are also not obligated, in most circumstances, to put you  in contact with your lawyer again if you request it during your interrogation.  In some circumstances, the police can even tell you that they have certain evidence of your guilt, even when they do not.  The court in many circumstances will allow this type of police trickery.

In many ways, the ‘deck’ is stacked against you in an interrogation room.  The law evens the playing field by letting you speak to a lawyer for advice.

You will always have the opportunity to tell your side of the story, if you choose.  That is what trials are for.  Interrogations are designed to make you look guilty.  The police have already made up their mind that you are guilty, so do not expect them to be impartial.  Judges preside with impartiality.  If you choose, wait to tell your story to them.

Make the right choice: remain silent.

If you have been arrested, exercise your right to counsel and contact Neil Singh at (905) 853-1078 or (416) 607-5414.  Click here to contact us via email.


Neil Singh is an experienced criminal lawyer who has a proven track record of successfully defending people charged criminally. With offices conveniently located in Toronto and Newmarket, we are able to assist those charged throughout the GTA.

 

Representing individuals charged in Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, Rexdale, York region, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Markham, Keswick, Georgina, King City, Peel Region: Brampton, Mississauga, Malton; Orangeville, Caledon, Durham region, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Halton Region, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Georgetown, Halton Hills, Simcoe County, Barrie, Bradford

Investigation & Arrest

May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014

Your worst nightmare has come true. The police have stopped you and investigated you. Before you know it, you have been arrested and charged you with a criminal offence. You are probably scared, overwhelmed, and embarrassed. You are at the mercy of the police.

 

The single-most important thing I can tell you is that a charge is just a charge. It is not a conviction; it is not a criminal record. Just because the police believe you have committed a crime, it does not mean that you have committed a crime. It also does not mean that they can prove you have committed a crime. It is extremely important to retain an experienced criminal lawyer who can help you protect your legal interests from the earliest possible opportunity.

 

An experienced lawyer can help you protect yourself.  Things you do and say may be used against you by the Crown Attorney to try to prove that you are guilty, even if you are not.

 

Every person in Canada is guaranteed certain rights. You have a right to silence. Assert your right to silence. You also have a right to consult with counsel upon arrest and detention. Exercise this right. Speak to an experienced criminal see cell lawyer, you will receive invaluable advice on how to be in the best position for the legal battle that lies ahead.

 

A criminal record can have disastrous consequences. It can affect your employment, your family, your ability to travel. Your freedom may be at stake.

 

If you have been arrested, exercise your right to counsel and contact Neil Singh at (905) 853-1078 or (416) 607-5414.  Click here to contact us via email.


Neil Singh is an experienced criminal lawyer who has a proven track record of successfully defending people charged criminally. With offices conveniently located in Toronto and Newmarket, we are able to assist those charged throughout the GTA.

 

Representing individuals charged in Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, Rexdale, York region, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Markham, Keswick, Georgina, King City, Peel Region: Brampton, Mississauga, Malton; Orangeville, Caledon, Durham region, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Halton Region, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Georgetown, Halton Hills, Simcoe County, Barrie, Bradford