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Q: THE POLICE HAVE CALLED/SHOWN UP AT MY HOME AND SAID THEY WANT TO TALK TO ME. WHAT DO I DO?
A: Here’s what NOT to do. Do not speak to the police except to get the name and contact information for the officer. Call me as soon as you have that information. I will immediately call the officer and find out why the police want to speak to you. I will then call you back and discuss your options. There is a large number of reasons why the police want to speak with individuals. It is extremely risky to take any steps before figuring out exactly what is going on.
Q: I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE POLICE WANT TO ARREST ME. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?
A: There is nothing you can do to prevent your arrest. You can and should, however, make arrangements to experience as little inconvenience as possible. It all begins with a call to me. I will conduct a thorough review of the situation, including your background and details regarding any people who can sign bail for you if that becomes necessary. The important thing at this stage is to prepare for every contingency, including the possibility that you will have to go through a bail hearing.
Q: THE POLICE ARE AT MY DOOR AND SAY THEY WANT TO ARREST ME. WHAT NOW?
A: Identify yourself, surrender and let yourself be taken to the police station. Tell the police as soon as you are arrested that you want to speak to a lawyer. They will call me and give you a private room to speak to me over the phone for legal advice. Do not make any statements or do anything other than identify yourself until you have spoken with me.
Q: IS THERE A TIME LIMIT FOR SPEAKING TO YOU?
A: No. The police must give you a reasonable opportunity to speak with me so that you can receive legal advice and representation at the earliest opportunity.
Q: IS THERE A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TIMES THAT I CAN CALL YOU FROM THE POLICE STATION?
A: No. You may call me as many times as you like, but use your common sense.
Q: I AM OUT ON BAIL. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO OBEY THE CONDITIONS?
A: Until the matter is concluded. You and your surety are at risk of losing the money pledged as security for bail if you disobey any of your conditions while on bail. The bail order expires once the matter is finished.
Q: HOW LONG WILL MY MATTER TAKE?
A: As a general rule, somewhere between 8 months to 16 months to complete. It is impossible to predict the length of the delay before knowing the specifics of the case.
Q: WHAT IS SOLICITOR AND CLIENT PRIVILEGE?
A: The principle that everything you tell me is confidential. With rare exception, I cannot share any such information without your permission. The best way for me to give you the advice and representation to which you are entitled is for you to tell me exactly what happened.
Q: WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF SUCCESS?
A: It is very rare to calculate your chances with anything resembling certainty. There are way too many variables that can change at any minute. It is best to be patient and wait for the matter to develop. Your chances of success will become clearer as information becomes available.
Q: WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU TO BE MY LAWYER?
A: Because you feel comfortable and confident that I will protect you and make sure that the police, the Crown and the legal system as a whole respect your rights.