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What Should I Do Now?

Silence is Your Best Defence.

If you’ve been arrested on criminal charges in Alberta, or have come into a situation where you immediately require a criminal defence lawyer, it is crucial you remain silent until you have secured legal representation.

Anything you say can be used against you in criminal court and your best chance at building a good criminal case is to speak with a lawyer before you talk to any police officers.

Getting Arrested

Giving a Statement to the Police

Hiring a Lawyer

After Your Arrest

Here are some general guidelines for you to follow after you are arrested.

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  1. Take photos of anything related to the alleged crime.
  2. Save all text messages, emails, Facebook messages, videos, or statements from the complainant who had you charged with the crime.
  3. Write down what happened. If this is a crime involving violence, assault, or a sexual allegation, write down all past incidents that happened against you.
  4. Do not respond to any messages from the complainant.
  5. Do not share information with your family and friends or other inmates related to your arrest.
  6. Send all proof of communication and pictures to your lawyer or save it in a cloud drive to ensure that it won’t get lost.

Basic Informaion

You can provide police with your basic information, such as your name, birth date, and address, but you are not required to answer any questions or give any statements about the alleged crime. According to the Canadian Criminal Code, anything you say or do can be used against you in court. It is best call a lawyer for advice as soon as possible in the case of a criminal offence to avoid any risk of a criminal record.

Contact us right away so we can guide you through what to do next.