What to do When Being Charged

CITIZEN: What Must I Do If I Am Being Charged?

Co-operate and do not become violence, aggressive or offensive. Keep a mental note of everything that happens. You may have to take action against the officer(s) later, and you will need to say exactly how you were treated.

You have the right to refuse to answer questions until your legal representative is present.

If you are carried away from where you were in a police vehicle, ask a friend or bystander to take down the licence number of the vehicle and tell your family.

Try to obtain the name and rank of at least one officer who is removing you.

You should only be taken to a station or police lock-up or, if injured, to the hospital

Ask for a phone call or ask to send a message or a note right away and keep asking until you can reach someone. Let them know what has happened and where you are.

If you are taken into custody, the police are responsible for your safety and the arresting officer should tell you that you are entitled to legal representation. If you do not have a lawyer, one should be notified from a list of names of duty Counsel (attorneys) posted at the station

Citizens must not hinder the police when they are arresting or apprehending anyone as this constitutes a criminal offence.

You must not harbor, hide or protect anyone who the police is attempting to arrest or apprehend as doing this constitutes a criminal offence.